Trail of the Month: Lost Creek Forest Service Road, East of Stave Lake
This month we got to explore with Michael one of his favorite trails, Lost Creek Forest Service Road, East of Stave Lake. For some of us, this trail might be the chance of a lifetime, not only because of the beauty but also because of its location. British Columbia is a top wish list location for many of us off-roaders and we can't wait to hear about how many of you get to go.
To learn more about exactly what you need to be prepared to ride here, check our our latest addition to the blogs, "Important Info", at the bottom of the page!
About the Ride:
My favorite part of the trip was riding through the creek leading towards the east side of Stave Lake. I really enjoyed this part since there were many obstacles from the fallen trees, we had to ride over the logs and maneuver around some stumps which was a fun challenge! The creek was supposed to take us to the beach on the East side of Stave Lake, but due to the rainy season in BC, the river that connects to the lake was flooded and we had to turn around. It reminded me of a scene from Jurassic Park.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into Overlanding and offroading?
I have always loved going traveling, hiking and exploring!Purchasing my first 4x4 vehicle took this to a whole new level! During the challenges of the pandemic, my wife and I decided to buy a Ford Ranger and discover our own beautiful country. Now we get to know to back roads a little better. So far, we have been camping in many places throughout Alberta, Northern BC and all over Vancouver Island.
What was the coolest moment?
One of the coolest moments was definitely driving through a water crossing that was still frozen. As we cruised through the ice, it began to crack and the pieces of ice were floating around the truck.
Tell us about the trip in general, did you have any scary moments?
The trip in general was fun, full of obstacles and it involved different terrain such as mud, snow, rocks, and water. On our way out, we took a different route which was more narrow than the route entering the forest. While I was taking a sharp turn in between two tall trees on a steep hill, the elevation and turn made our Ford Ranger raise one tire 1.5 ft in the air. So far, this has been one of the biggest flex I’ve ever done.
Was there any gear you gained a new appreciation for based on this trip?
Yes. My brother in law gave me a tire pressure gauge for Christmas, which allows you to deflate your tires and measure the exact PSI you want before hitting the trails. Now, I always air down to 18-20 PSI for the best experience!
Would you ever go back?
Without a doubt, I have been here numerous times during every season. I recommend this trail to all my friends, and now to you!
Anything else you want to share with us?
Yes. I want to thank Cali Raised Led for all their support and for fabricating the best offroad equipment. With my Cali ditch lights and led bar, now I can go explore this trail at night and see every obstacle from afar.
What makes this a difficult or an easy trail?
I believe this trail is difficult trail because it involves many different terrains, full of narrow and rocky paths. There are many water crossings some full of ice, and others with mud. This can be a difficult trail if you do not have the proper tires and recovery gear especially in winter. The trail can be challenging for longer vehicles because of the sharp curves and the narrow paths throughout the forest. The entire trip is full of tough obstacles, and lots of branches obstructing the trail it would be a challenge to make it out of this trail without a scratch!
What keeps you Over-landing and off-roading?
The desire to explore, be surrounded by nature and camp in beautiful places with my family across the province. Me, my wife, and two dogs try to get out every weekend and camp while we explore British Columbia. This year we are planning to venture out of the province and cross the country. The next upgrade for our truck will definitely be a rooftop tent!
Would you recommend this trail to anyone or more experienced folks?
This was one of my first trails with stock tires! Although, there are some difficult parts which require more experience once you dive deeper into the forest.
What’s your dream trail and why?
ST ALBANS BAY 4WD TRACK in Tasmania, Australia. I’ve always dreamed of going to Australia off roading and this trail will be an absolutely treat for me. Full of sand dunes, water crossings, and just perfect to camp by the beach and pop some brewskies.
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TRAIL IMPORTANT INFO:
Lost Creek Forest Service Road, East of Stave Lake
Mission, BC, Canada
2 Hr 17 Mins
Best time of year to go:
Water Crossings, Narrow Trails, Mud Walls, Rocky Terrain, Sand Terrain
Phone Numbers for local help:
Mission Search and Rescue - 1604-826-9727
Tire Pressure Advice:
Psi=17-25(I used 18 for this trail)
Rig requirements: (Example, must be 4x4 with lift kit, or standard 4x4):
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