Ride your bike or ski/hike on the various unused logging roads. In winter you cannot access the 22km of road from the Spirit Trail Lodge turnoff, it is used by snowmobiles, so it is a long ski trip to get here.
Start across the creek - no bridge here, ride or ski to explore the various abandoned logging roads across some open slopes.
After 3-4 km you will see nice views across the valley to Lakit peak, Fisher peak & Steeples ridge in the BC Rockies.
From the place where you park in summer, there is another short trail to explore on foot. Look uphill to the right, and see a small trail is cut into the bush. It is under 2km to some small beaver ponds and swampy clearing below a ridge where you find may some old hunting camps. This area may be used by hunters in the fall, be careful.
Drive north on hwy 93A from Kimberley to the turnoff marked with a blue sign for Spirit Trail Lodge at km 15.
Now drive 10km on this gravel road west until last turnoff to left just before Spirit Trail Lodge, it is marked as Lost Dog FSR.
Stay on this road marked by km signs starting at 1 and ends at 22. Do not turn left at first junction
(where you see fence and cattleguard to left), stay right at fork near 15km, stay left at fork near 16km, and stay left at 17km fork (do not take Cherry ck FSR on right). Continue uphill to washed out bridge where you park (at 22km mark, end of road). Elevation here is 1320m.
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Posted By: Jaeger
- Tue Mar 13 21:10:26 UTC 2012
UpsideAdvises that the area actually exists, that's about all. DownsideThere are lots of interesting trips that can be GPS mapped and shared in this area. This provides nothing. CommentVarious trips are available in this area. If you're like most people, the better trips in mountainous terrain are on the other (west) side of the Rocky Mountain Trench.
Unless you have a pathological fear of hunters (much of the local population hunts, but I defy anyone to identify the last incident where a hiker, mountain biker, skier, etc was harmed by a hunter, and I've lived here for 56 years now), the admonition to "be careful" about local hunters is just plan and simple fear mongering that I have to wonder about. If you do have a fear of hunters, I suggest you stay well clear of all areas of the East Kootenays during the spring bear and turkey season, and the fall/winter big game hunting seasons. Local hunters are probably the largest wilderness user group in this area.