Barb Janzen & Chris Zimmerman at “heavily loaded” upper bridge, Whitehorn Flats, Berg Lake Trail, Mount Robson Park, BC September 30, 2021. /ART CARSON

By Laura Keil

The Kinney Lake Trail and parking lot closed for maintenance Sept. 30th until sometime in early December. The parking lot is being expanded and the trail repaired after a tough summer. B.C. Parks says staff are working with qualified professionals to investigate and assess the damage of the severe environmental events over the summer to determine the remediation required to make the area safe for park visitors. A Ministry spokesperson said it’s possible the trail to Kinney Lake will reopen for day use and possibly overnight use for the 2022 season. “This timeline will be dependent upon weather events that could impact the remediation work required to make the trail safe for park visitors,” he said.

Meanwhile there is no estimated opening date for the Berg Lake Trail beyond Kinney Lake. The entire Berg Lake Trail was pummeled this summer due to high water, and a flash flood that damaged or destroyed several bridges along the 23-km trail to the iconic Berg Lake, including the suspension bridge at Whitehorn, which BC Parks says will be replaced due to extensive damage. A few members of the local hiking club were allowed onto the trail recently to examine the damage, much of which has yet to be cleaned up and repaired.