Stein Valley is a wilderness park containing spectacular
scenery and outstanding historical, cultural and spiritual values.
To reach the main trail head we drove 290 km from Vancouver and we crossed to the west side of the Fraser River by Lytton using the Lytton Ferry.
There are a lot of trails on this park, the Lower Valley Trail is approximately 30 km in length. We only did the first 6 km
We saw a rock painted with Native pictographs and filled with objects used in religious ceremonies.
The trail usually is in good condition, and all the time Stein River is along the trail. The river levels are really high on June and July but I think May should count too.
Stein River is about 60 km long and drops about 800 meters over that distance. You can reach the lake after two or three days. This is one of my dream vacations, cross the park and visit the lake.
Time to relax and take a break. A perfect time for a Chow moment.
The name of the park comes from Nlaka'pamux work "Stagyn", which means "hidden place" referring to the fact that the valley and the extent of the watershed is not very noticeable from the Stein River's mouth on the Fraser River.
Time to come back, but having a new rented car I feel a little bit adventurous and I decided to do the beautiful loop to Lillooet and Whistler.
We drove through the canyon on Highway 12. Dick taught me that after 7:00 p.m. you can expect to find deers crossing the road and I almost hit one. Fortunately I know how to use ABS breaks :) Time for a short break and a quick picture before continuing our way.
We did a quick tour on Lillooet, and with one hour of light left (8:30 p.m.) we drove through the Duffey Lake Road (Highway 99). The Duffey Lake Road is a scenic highway that forms part on an automobile tour route called the Coast Mountain Circle Tour (700 km). It takes to two to four days to really enjoy all the sites.
Well, we saw deers everywhere and these ones were really friendly. We saw the full family and we lost the count of pictures taken.
And then a black bear on the side of the road. He was just meters away from the car and he was a really curious animal. I had to grab one of my friends because he wanted to get out of the car to take better pictures.
Then picturesque Duffy Lake and Mt Matier were waiting for us. 10 minutes before full dark we took this picture.
Trip Time: 5:30 hours (including breaks)
Round trip: Around 13 kms
Tour route Vancouver - Hope - Lytton - Lillooet - Whistler - Vancouver: 630 kms (around 400 miles)
We arrived at midnight, tired but very happy.