The Nlhaxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy is closed due to the recent 2 land slides off Joffre Peak.
BC Parks is currently investigating the scope of the damage from two landslides that occurred on the northeast face of Joffre Peak in the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy this week.
At this time, BC Parks has not received any reports of any injuries or missing persons from either slide and has closed the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy trailhead to Keith’s Hut, as the area was significantly damaged in the initial slide.
BC Parks has issued a Regional Director’s order to close Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy until further notice due to public safety concerns.
The first landslide occurred Monday, May 13 at 7:40 a.m., affecting the Cerise Creek area and terminating on the flats just south of Cayoosh Creek and Highway 99.
Debris appears to have spanned 500 to 850 meters in width and travelled a total distance of roughly 5.2 kilometres.
The second slide occurred Thursday, May 16 at 9:03 a.m. on the same side of the mountain.
There does not appear to be any threats or risks to Joffre Lakes Parks associated with these events.
Parks staff are working to determine the scope of damage of the second slide and will have more information upon further assessment by staff from all agencies involved.
Joffre Lakes Park is not affected by this closure, as there does not appear to be any threat or risk to Joffre Lakes Park associated with these events. Public planning to hike at Joffre Lakes on the long weekend, should be prepared for winter conditions; as of May 15, there is more than 50 centimetres of snow on the trail.