The southern half of Guinn’s Pass trail was rebuilt this summer after the 2013 flood damaged the original route up that dreadful avalanche gully.
The new trail starts from Lillian Lake and for the first 1.1 km follows the Galatea Lakes trail. At a signed T-junction overlooking lower Galatea Lake, the new trail backtracks right across a boulder field, then takes a rising line across the steep southeast slopes of Peak 217373, crossing open hillsides of scree and grass.
So while the pass is now a farther away objective for day hikers, it is perfect for campers at Lillian Lake who can visit the pass, peak 237374 and Galatea Lakes all in one day without too much effort. Incidentally, the refurbished campground features 9 new wooden camping platforms equipped with sliding cables and hooks with which to attach your tent and fly. This is a a huge improvement over gravel pads and hopefully we will see more of them in other campgrounds.
Distance from Lillian Lake 2.5 km, 1.4 km from lower Galatea Lake, 8.9 km from Galatea parking lot. Height gain 444 m (1456 ft.) from Lillian Lake, 1004 m (3294 ft) from Galatea parking lot.