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Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)
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Author:  Canoeheadted [ July 15th, 2011, 2:00 am ]
Post subject:  Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

We got to sneak into Murtle for a three night clockwise loop.
Weather was anywhere from downright hairy to scorching heat.
Water level was maxed. Most fire rings on the beach were a foot or two under water.

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Hope you enjoyed.
Canoeheadted

Author:  dunkin' [ July 15th, 2011, 6:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Wow, sure looks like lots of water. I imagine the McDougall Falls would be quite neat to see. Though the West Arm is great, I still prefer the North Arm. A couple times we have just set up at that hillside campsite in your photos (Eagle Point I think) and explore from there.

Thanks for sharing the photos of one of my favourite places to paddle.

Author:  Ralph [ July 15th, 2011, 7:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Brings back memories for me, too. We really have to go again! Beautiful! :clap: :)
Ralph

Author:  Stencil [ July 15th, 2011, 6:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Thanks Ted.
Anyone have any info or experience on the hiking into the alpine?

Author:  dunkin' [ July 15th, 2011, 9:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

I have hiked up Central Mountain a couple times. Nice trail, great day hike, awesome views. Been down to McDougall falls a couple times, nice short 5k hike, nice spot. Hiked up File Creek after paddling a few kilometers up the flats. There was blow-down and lots of burn, but still a nice hike, lots of volcanic rock.

One place I have yet to hike, and plan to next time, is up Wavy Ridge. I would even like to make it an overnight trip.

Author:  paganjourneys [ July 27th, 2011, 7:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Thanks for posting the great pictures! I like the one with the fire pit under water. How were the mosquito's?
PJ.

Author:  Canoeheadted [ July 28th, 2011, 11:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

PJ, the bugs were mostly non-existent. The only time they were bad was on the portage in and out.

Author:  mark m [ July 28th, 2011, 4:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

gret pictures ted!

Author:  erich [ August 25th, 2011, 11:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

I paddled Clearwater-Azure in mid-July this year. First time back there in many years. Water levels were still very high, the beaches nearly all under water. The river between the lakes was a grunt, taking well more than an hour to reach the portage. We managed to get a couple of km up the river at the east end of Azure. That is well worth a trip back.

Author:  lynnmarshall [ August 25th, 2011, 11:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT ADVENTURE! WONDERFUL DESCRIPTIONS....THANKS LYNN MARSHALL

Author:  Stencil [ September 6th, 2011, 1:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Plan on doing Murtle last week in September. Would seven days on the lake be enough? We like to hike weather permitting.

Author:  dunkin' [ September 6th, 2011, 5:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Seven days would do it, unless you intended to circumnavigate the entire lake, and hike most of the trails. I think seven nights (eight days)was our longest trip, but we spent most of that trip on the west arm relaxing, fishing and hiking. We only ventured a short bit up the north arm for the last two nights. I have also spent an entire 5 night trip only on the north arm.

Bottom line, do what you can in the time you have, because you will definitely be wanting to come back for more. It is one of my favourite places within a days drive to paddle.

Author:  mark m [ September 7th, 2011, 10:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

This might be in another thread but does anyone know if carts are available or if they are available for rent anywhere nearby?
Until I get a better canoe I'm stuck hauling my 85# poly... 2.5km port with that won't be fun - maybe I'm being a wuss?

Author:  Canoeheadted [ September 7th, 2011, 11:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Stencil, I agree with what Jim said. That nails it.

Mark, this portage with a cart is a must. It doesn't get any easier.
Blue River Campground rents them for $10 day.
I'm sure there are others too.

Buy one and have it for life. Used if you can.
We use a Rolleez and love it. Small and strong. Bonus is the new ones have no-flat tires.

Have fun.

Author:  kayakwriter2 [ January 25th, 2012, 5:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Murtle Lake, North Arm (June 2011)

Hey CHT,

Thanks for a great trip report and pictures. Question for you: what kind of vehicle did you drive in and how was the access road?
I did Murtle Lake twice in one year about 8 years back, and I seem to remember a winding cobbled route that could have qualified for this show
http://www.history.com/shows/irt-deadliest-roads
Has it been improved since? Would a family car survive it?

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