Snow to be cleared for access to Rubble Creek this winter season

Backcountry lovers will have parking access to the Rubble Creek trailhead this winter season.

On Tuesday,Dec 1, regional outside clubs had a conference with BC Parks to promote for parking at the website, which results in Garibaldi Lake and other popular backcountry locations.

At the time, BC Parks stated it didn’t have the money to money snow cleaning at the website, however then on Wednesday,Dec 2, it reversed that choice and stated it was devoting to one-time snow cleaning throughout this winter season.

“What they’ve said is they found one-time funding for this year and this will give us a better idea about how much it will cost. Then, hopefully, based on what it costs this year, they will find future funds for future years,” stated Jay MacArthur, gain access to and environment director for the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver chapter and the previous director and president of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC).

Earlier last month, the FMCBC, which represents the interests of outside clubs throughout the province, composed a letter to BC Parks authorities and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy inquiring to think about raking the parking lot, which, in the past has actually been estimated at $12,000 to $18,000 for the season.

With backcountry travel anticipated to increase this winter season, it argued that the location was a more secure option for lots of who may get pressed into more hazardous avalanche surface.

Last year, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure set up “no parking” indications along Highway 99 and the Rubble Creek gain access to roadway and hauled cars and trucks that neglected them.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” MacArthur stated. “The idea is to plow to the regular parking lot at the end of the road. It would probably be about 50 spots, but they’re not sure yet.”

The snow cleaning is anticipated to occur from this month till March.

The other news from the conference was that BC Parks will not be opening access to Joffre Lake Provincial Park this winter season. That location has actually been closed given that the start of the pandemic in the spring.

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