Here's a short hike in the Beaver Mines area that's great for the shoulder season. Follow the trail up and enjoy the fantastic 360-degree views of the Castle Crown Wilderness.
Note: This is an active fire lookout. We did this hike on the Victoria Day Long weekend in May 2003 and already there was a fire warden stationed there. After saying hello, the lady fire warden informed us that she was using the snow around the building for her water supply. So be sure to say hello before trampling around the premises!
- T. Helwig
PS Note the snow on May 19th, bring along those gaitors!
Access: Turn off route 774 leading to Westcaslte ski area onto Castle Falls road. Follow for 3 kms and look for a closed-off road that leads up. No signage indicates the lookout when we hiked it in 2003, so watch your odometer. Note: the road is closed in the winter past the Adanac junction from mid-December to May 1st. Trail head at GPS coordinates Zone 11 Easting 693,231 North 5,477,166
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Posted By: CastleRanger251
- Sat Aug 30 00:07:04 UTC 2014
CommentBeautiful place to sit and watch the world go by.I was stationed at the Castle Ranger Station from 1995-1999 as a Forest Guardian.There were a few times that I had to drive up to the tower to drop off supplies for the lookout person.The person up there at the time was great.She knew her job and she did it well.One day she thought about building a sauna.She did not have the materials she needed ,but I offered to help.Long story short,I brought quite a bit of material up there.She did a fantastic job building that sauna and I am happy to say that I had a part in it.If you ever have a chance to go up there for a hike,you wont regret it.