he main road to Bugaboo Lodge and Bugaboo Provincial Park is suitable for a sturdy car. The road has even grades but there are many washboard sections; it’s dusty in summer and there are many potholes. Careful driving is required to avoid hammering your vehicle too badly.
Getting to the Bugaboos
Separate hikes continue from various turnoffs, each detailed below.
Follow the directions to Bugaboo Provincial Park. The drive is about 1.5 hours from Highway 95 at Brisco (turnoff from highway is about 26 km north of Radium).
0 km: At Brisco follow the blue Provincial Park signs to the Bugaboos west from Highway 95. Concrete retaining blocks landmark the turnoff. Drive down to the sawmill and follow the main road around to the right and cross two bridges over the Columbia River.
3 km: Right turn at blue Bugaboo sign 47 km.
4.8 km: Right turn onto Brisco Road. Views along the Columbia River.
8.5 km: Turn left uphill at the junction between Westside Road and Brisco Road (Bugaboo sign 42 km). Road rapidly gains elevation climbing out of the valley. (For Lower Bugaboo Falls hike, continue straight here.)
11.2 km: At a four-way intersection, N31400-E46200, make a sharp right turn, uphill. (After you turn the corner, you should see a Bugaboo sign 39 km.) This is a confusing corner on the way back down. If you happened to drive up the slower-going, rough Westside Road from Radium, turn northwest (left) at this four-way intersection. Westside Road is about 50 km on gravel, whereas driving the smooth highway to Brisco leaves you with only 11 km on gravel.
22.5 km: Major intersection, N34109-E37133. Turn right on Bugaboo Creek FS Road (Bugaboo sign 29 km). For Conrad Kain Hut, Cobalt Lake, Silver Basin, Bugaboo Pass and Chalice Creek, continue west on the main road. Avoid several logging roads branching off, including Driftwood River at 27 km. If you drive straight ahead at this corner it is the access for Lead Queen FS Road and Cartwright Lakes and for the road access for Templeton Lake and Tiger Pass–Shangri-la Road; see below.
39.7 km: Stay on main (right fork for Rocky Point Road for snowmobile access).
43.7 km: Bugaboo Falls FS Recreation Site (33 km sign). Nice 200-m hike to view 15-m-high waterfalls. Picnic table and outhouse along roadway.
47.2 km: Bugaboo Provincial Park sign, N22972-E21117.
Reset odometer to 0 for all of the hikes in this area.