Your correspondent in the field went to scout out another possible route to reach Keppel 's hut and The Upper Trails of Lake Mtn.. This route is arguably a quicker way to reach Keppel's hut than via Lady Talbot drive from Mt. Margaret Gap. It starts from the locked gates that keep 4 WD traffic out of this region during the XC ski season. It turns out the Team leader has been doing some BC access work out that way. He has a big task in front of him for this crazy Team Bears project. This route starts at the Blue Range Track in the Marysville state Forest , just north of Mt. Margaret gap. It is situated at approximately 1150 M. ASL and touches 1200 M. in some sections of the 4.5 km locked fire trail. Even after a "Snowmageddon" type snow fall ,It would not be 100 % skiable, (there are ski hazards a plenty) but can be a hike in route with a snow camping pack and skis and ski boots strapped to the said back pack. The weather was clear , crisp and a profoundly cold frost had occurred the night before. So there were pools of icy water and hoar frost still stuck in the soil well after lunchtime. There are some huge old dead trees up there .The track crosses a stream and the meets the old disused and overgrown Ruoak Track en route. It meets the Keppel's hut track about 2.5 kms short of the actual hut. It is not as scenic as the Upper Taggerty Track is but it is peaceful and free of vehicles. The last picture here above, shows what is left of the former Ruoak Road.