Island Lake Lodge - Trail Conditions - July 13, 2012
General Information: Trail checks and cleaning is still in progress and snow can still be expected on the Spineback trail. There have been numerous wildlife sightings including moose, black bear and grizzly bear. It is imperative to leave enough space in between so the animal does not feel threatened.
Rail Trail - Trail is closed until further notice. There have been sightings of an aggressive Grizzly bear near the bottom of the trail
Old Growth Trail - Shady old growth cedars and lush interior rainforest plants make this trail a local favorite. Stay bear aware. Some black bear families have been enjoying the old growth forest. Trail is in good condition.
Lake Trail - Come and observe a cow moose with newborn calves swim across the water from the island to the shore. There is also a bull moose hanging around; however please be respectful of wildlife and stay at a safe distance. Trail is in good condition.
Fir Trail - This family oriented trail has some of the biggest Douglass Fir, Tamarack and Western Red Cedar trees that Island Lake has on its propriety. Trail is in good condition.
Tamarack Trail - Trail is accessible to the top with few patches of snow. There was snow at the top near the staircase that leads to the viewpoint; however there is blue flagging showing the way through this moraine, gully feature. Keep your eyes open for Glacier Lilies and Calypso Orchids.
Baldy Loop - This loop will bring you to spectacular views of Iron mountain, the little glacier behind the Steeples and the back of Mount Fernie. Right now is the time to witness the lush sub-alpine vegetation and the blooming of the magnificent Bear-grass flower.
Spineback Trail - Trail is clear of snow three quarters up. It is recommended to turn around once the snow covers the trail. The bottom of the trail has been cleaned. See the old growth spruces that were cut down. Keep your eyes open and try to find the fossils on the rocks close to the Spineback.