Joffre Peak via Cerise Creek Summer Trail

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Joffre Peak via Cerise Creek Summer Trail is a 15.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet B, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

15.3 km
1,527 m
Out & Back


nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




wild flowers


bridge out




off trail

This route requires at least one person to have mountaineering experience as there is considerable glacier risk, rockfall, and weather hazards that require more than common sense to avoid. Do not attempt this route without a helmet, ice axe, crampons and the skills to use them. As the hardest route in the ever popular Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia, Joffree Peak is one of the Coasts most enjoyable scrambles. With descent rock, and some tricky routefinding it's an excellent alpine day out.  From the trail head on the Duffey Lake Road you follow the well marked summer trail up the Cerise creek. The trail heads south after the bridge working up onto the lower flanks of Joffree, onto a logging road. Eventually the road forks, with the main trail following the right fork uphill. The logging road ends, diving back into the foods on heavily rooted but well maintained trail. The trail takes a little time to ascending, getting particularily steep through a Talus field shortly before you arrive at Keiths Hut. From here you can spend the night, or continue up the ridge to lookers right of the hut. The trail begins in the South West corner of the meadow. Up the ridge it gains to a large lump called Motel 66. This popular camping spots has beautiful views, but be sure to bring bog bags as there are no toilet facilities, and traffic increases are placing stresses on the environment and creating bear attractants.  The route proper begins here crossing down over talus fields, trending towards a big snow field. Many parties choose to do this route early in the day to avoid late rockfall, and take advantage of stiffer snow conditions that make travel easier. Above this snow field there is a big shelf right on the edge of the glacier that affords good views of the valley and the route. A ridge ramps up to a steep face that can be traversed and ascended to a slope beneath a big snowfield that remains well into the late season. From here you edge up against the snowfield to a wide ramp that isn't reall visible until you are beside it. The ramp ends abruptly att he ridge, and scrambling up an arete, followed by one exposed traverse move put you onto wide open talus fields, this raps around the false peak into a silt filled gulley. Awkward loose steps make for the least pleasant terrain of the day, but you're there on the summit.  The descent offers few suprises, and goes quickly, though it can really pound the knees. Moving quickly is advisable as some areas are prone to rockfall. 

1 month ago

intense, steep yet rewarding

1 month ago

after Keith's hut the incline is insane, crampons, harness and helmet are a must