Description: Remote, Tough, and Far are three words that best describe the Stein Valley Divide Traverse. The Stein Divide trail crosses the entire Stein range. Few people have completed this traverse in a single push. Currently, the fastest known time is held by Squamish local Nick Elson. Nick completed the 90 km and 3670 meters of elevation gain in 13 hours and 30 minutes solo. An impressive effort to say the least. Generally the best way to complete the traverse is to go from West to East. This way runners will get the Majority of the elevation gain out of the way in the first 3rd. In the first third you will be treated to spectacular views and excellent technical alpine single track with some moderate scrambling at the height of the Stein Divide. It will be a treat after completing a 2000 meter climb.. Runners will see Unique terrain and stark change in ecosystems from the wet to the dry side of the mountains. The last 50 km consist of beautiful single track paralleling the Stein River in the valley bottom. You will also cross back and forth over the Stein River on multiple cable cars. Be prepared to see wildlife. Grizzly bears frequent this valley. For folks who do not want to do the Stein in one massive day it also makes for an excellent fast packing trip. For more information you can find several detailed trip reports online.
* In the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022 the Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park suffered both severe flooding and wildfire damage. BC Parks has an update from May of 2022 stating that the park is closed west of Suspension bridge Campground. Please do some research before embarking on the traverse to understand the current state of the park. If cable cars have been affected the Stein river is impassable. *
- Distance: 90 km
- Difficulty: Very Difficult
- Elevation Gain: 3650 Meters +-
- Where to Park: Lizzie Lake Recreation site (yellow Gate) / Stein valley Trail head
- Surface: Roots, Rocks, Mud, Snow (seasonal), Cable Cars.
- Vehicle Access: 2WD / AWD
- Pets: Pets not allowed
Photo Credit: Richard So