BC Parks is asking the public to avoid the area around Keith’s Hut after a large landslide on the northeast face of Joffre Peak last Sunday, May 12.
“Access to the winter and summer routes have been impacted,” BC Parks officials said in an email. “For the safety of the public, BC Parks requests that hikers avoid the trail to Keith’s Hut at this time.”
When asked if the government will restore access to the area, they said, “That will be determined upon conclusion of the investigation and assessments provide us a better understanding of what will be required.”
The slide happened some time overnight and no one appears to have been hurt in it, said Sarah Morgan, emergency program manager with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. “We’re aware of a pretty massive-looking landslide. To the best of our knowledge, there was no one in the path of it. (That’s) according to Pemberton Search and Rescue,” she said.
Neither Highway 99 (Duffey Lake Road) nor the popular hiking trail in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park were impacted, said the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“...The slide did not go that way,” according to an email from ministry officials. “There is another trail that is used in the summer into the Cerise area that has in all likelihood been impacted given the size of the landslide, however it is still very early in the assessment phase. Ministry staff will be assessing the area in the coming days.”
No vehicles were seen at the Cerise Creek highway pullout, which accesses Keith’s Hut the area, they said.
Officials are currently investigating the size of the slide and what caused it. “Information will be forthcoming upon further investigation by staff from all agencies involved and we do not have a timeline for conclusion of the investigation,” BC Parks said in the email.