Wedgemount Lake

HARD 57 reviews
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Wedgemount Lake is a 10.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nesters, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
10.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
2 days ago

What an amazing adventure it was! Pretty rough hike especially at this time of the year with all the snow at about half way and up. Overall, it was absolutely gorgeous! Will do again in August once the snow melts aha !!

backpacking
14 days ago

Difficult ascent but completely worth it! Started mid morning and it was 30 degrees and dry in June. Completed in about 4 hours with minimal breaks along the way. Camped lakeside and explored the glacier in the morning. Beautiful views, wildflowers and campsite.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

->2017 01 23 Make it to the top and sleep there! After looking the trail a bit for the last strench, we made a detour with zig zag because we couldn't see the red signs
Av speed 1,6

->2017 12 07 Went back again but had to stop before the last strench, the trail wasn't marked, ice on rock and too much snow in some area. As a safe person, we dinid't hike to the top to sleep there :-( We could park the car (4x4) up the 2 km of the road.

7 months ago

Nice one! 1 foot of brand new snow on sept 20 to make it harder!
But it worth the efforts when you finally reach the lake :)
So far one on the hardest trail I’ve done as going down was almost as difficult than going up

7 months ago

Nice one! 1 foot of brand new snow on sept 20 to make it harder!
But it worth the efforts when you finally reach the lake :)
So far one on the hardest trail I’ve done as going down was almost as difficult than going up

hiking
7 months ago

Difficult but rewarding.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice hike not too long so we had time to climb up mount cook and the view was just amazing!!

8 months ago

this one is a lot of climbing. no rest. but very good. scenic at the top 1/3

camping
8 months ago

The most jaw-dropping, scenic place I ever been to. Can't wait to get back up there for another overnight.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing steep but clear trail with a super nice but accessible scramble before the lake. Sleeping at the top was an AMAZING experience. Went on June 25 and it was still freezing at night so bring a warm sleeping bag or sleep in the hut!

9 months ago

It's totally worth the climb. By far the hardest hike I have ever done. Would forsure rate this extra hard if possible.

9 months ago

I wouldn't say this is a moderate trail, it is hard. It took us 4 hrs up and 3 back. Bring plenty of water and bug spray.

The trail is marked well, but you are climbing up the whole time. It can be done in a day, but honestly if I were to do it again, I would stay the night and take more time.

9 months ago

Amazing hike! My favorite so far. 3 hours up with lots of water and picture breaks, 2.5 down. Well marked! Once you get up there make sure you hike down to the lake and go for a dip! So refreshing! Bring Off as there are lots of mosquitoes but I covered myself in Off and only got one bike. Used 2 liters of water. It's pretty hard going up at times. I do the Grouse Grind on a regular and my heart was beating pretty good but easily doable for a relatively fit person. Definitely felt my knees and IT band on the way down but nothing compared to coming down Black Tusk, you don't need walking sticks if you have good knees.

walking
11 months ago

Don't trust the app, it's not a moderate hike. The trail isn't well marked. Worth the time and effort, though.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Did the hike twice, first in 1972, then at night in Oct. 1979 en route to climbing Wedge the next morning. Trail is a little steep for novices but no problem. It's probably better nowadays. Running shoes NOT recommended. Back then the glacier dropped right into the lake. I understand it's retreated quite a bit since then. Awesome place to wake up to in the morning. Recommended for any reasonably fit person as a day trip or overnighter. Don't be put off by the comments below about it being tough. It's very doable by any fit person.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Hard but doable. I did it shortly after recovering from mono. Insanely beautiful views. Scrambling at top but not impossible in hiking boots. I would suggest bringing hiking poles for the trip down.

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Very hard hike but one the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Did the hike today (sep beginning) ! Started at around 8.45 am and we got up by noon with a few water break . View was absolutely spectacular , Sky blue lake with towering snow capped mountains and a majestic glacier ... Once you get to the top you can spend 45 mins hiking to the foot of the glacier (highly recommend it - Twas unreal) . Please take along hiking poles , it'll save your knees and make the journey down much more pleasant .

While coming down , we left the top around 3 and got to the parking lot by 5.45 pm

Friday, August 19, 2016

Did it last weekend, I would have to agree with all the reviews. It is equivalent to 2 grouse grinds and one 500 m rock scrabble with a really high elevation gain at the end of the hike. The end hike is really steep and very technical...some parts are washed out which made me a little worried about going down. But, it's doable. The hike back down is a knee killer. Bring trekking poles if you have bad knees. If you don't have purifying tabs, 3 L would do you well. That would be on the safe side. I brought 4 L but, only used 3L. I would recommend doing it around August or September. Drier and less mosquitos and horse flies. Also, the lake will be swimmable if you get up there at the hottest time. However, it's still cold. Bring a light jacket or sweater to keep you warm after. The spectacular view makes up for the gruelling hike. I would do this again.

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I would have rated the trail higher due to the spectacular view and the bluest water I've ever seen at the top, however, I don't think I would ever willingly do this trail again :) True to prior reviews, this is a very advanced and steep hike and is relentless on your joints on the way down - bring your trekking poles! The horse flies were obnoxious on the way up, but I had no idea how much we would miss them once the mutant mosquitos set in about halfway up. After nearly 5 hours of trekking up, we could only stand to be at the top for a few minutes due to the swarms. Bring your strongest cancer-causing Deet and I recommend layers and long sleeves even in the summer. The top has a bathroom, tent platforms and and a cute shelter. We started at a slower pace on the ascent around 1 pm and made it up and back to the car in a little over 8 hours.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Incredible hike! We did this mid June. Definitely a tough one, but well worth it. Wouldn't recommend for beginners, and your fitness level should be fairly decent. Bring plenty of layers as it's much cooler at the top, and good hiking shoes are a must. Lots of switchbacks, steep sections and the hardest part is closest to the top with many rocky scrambles and slippery sections. However, the top part is only around 20-30 minutes of a climb, and you can catch your breath viewing the stunning glacier-fed lake. Will definitely do again, and would love to camp here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Awesome hike. Definitely a work out.

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

July 10-11, 2015. Very steep hike with a full pack! Great platforms for tents. Nice hike from the lake to the glacier. Bug spray a must once the sun goes down. But cannot ask for a better place to tent!

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

You work to see the beauty of the lake :-)

hiking
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fantastic, but a tough hike! Took us a good 4 hours of steady trekking to get up. Very steep hike, not for beginners. Totally worth the hike though! We tented up there, but it was awesome to be able to leave our bags in the hut over night. I'm glad we did when I saw animal tracks by the glacier the next morning... not sure what type of cat it was. We had perfect weather on July 6-7, 2014. According to the journal in the hut, the weekend before got hit with snow overnight, but the general camping area was clear of snow... though quite wet. Also, from reading the journal, sounds like the best chance at snow free visits are July and August. Great view up there, watching the sunset as the clouds rolled in and out. And the colour of the lake is fabulous! Coming down was quicker of course, but definitely steep.

hiking
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Did it October 2014, very wet and slippery, not an easy hike for beginners due to the elevation gained in a relatively short distance. Better be in good shape specially to do the last km. The reward is once you reach the lake, the view is spectacular; from there you can do several hikes, including the one to the glacier. There is a refuge and outhouse, and there is even some wooden platforms around the lake were you can camp overnight. Truly spectacular.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

This is a steep steep trail. But the lake is gorgeous! Have fun!

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