Wedgemount Lake

Statistics

Total Distance: 14.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 7.5 hours
Average Grade: 16.6%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 1160 m
Start Elevation: 760 m
Max Elevation: 1920 m

Directions

Hwy 99 past Whistler, follow sign to Wedge Trailhead. Final logging road requires at least a powerful 2wd. Subarus can make it.Just so you folks know,I made it no problem with my Cavalier.

As of July 13, 2008, a nearly 20 year old Nissan 240sx made it to the trailhead without issue.

Details

Trail climbs steeply to a subalpine lake below Wedge Mountain, where there is a small hut and an tall outhouse. The hike up to the lake is a steep slog (1200m over 7km) through the forest with few views along the way. Camping is permitted at the northwest end of the lake. There is excellent camping by the hut, or 5 min farther along the north shore of the Lake (lakefront tent sites built on a moraine). Nearby peaks host a variety of rock scrambles, mountaineering routes and technical climbs.

Scrambles:

SE Ridge of Weart

NW Ridge of Weart

SW side of Mt. Cook

Rethel from Rethel - Parkshurst Col

Parkhurst from Rethel - Parkhurst Col

West Ridge of Wedge via Rethel - Parkhurst Col

Mountaineering Routes (glacier travel required):

North Arete of Wedge

NE Face of Wedge

Various couloirs on the north face of Wedge

Wedge Couloir

North Face of Weart

SW Face of Weart (from Armchair Glacier)

SW Ridge of Weart (from Armchain Glacier)

A July, 2008 trip report and photos can be found here:

http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=27319

http://www.flickr.com/photos/realaworld/sets/72157606151016133/

Photographs

GPS Waypoints

Trailhead N50.17173 W122.86573 10U 509588 5557733
Metal Bridges N50.17182 W122.85582 10U 510296 5557745
Base of Talus Slope N50.16784 W122.83733 10U 511617 5557305
Edge of Meadows N50.16585 W122.82362 10U 512597 5557086
Bottom of Extremely Steep Section N50.16505 W122.82089 10U 512792 5556997
Top of Extremely Steep Section N50.16372 W122.81932 10U 512905 5556850
High Point of Trail N50.16354 W122.81820 10U 512985 5556830
Upper Campsite and Shelter N50.16266 W122.81600 10U 513142 5556732
Lakeside Campsite N50.16093 W122.80866 10U 513667 5556541