The abandoned BC rail grade is a spectacular route that follow the Klappan river along the edge of the Spatsizi wilderness park. This is essentially a wide gravel road that is seldom used, so it is a perfect place for a long bike ride. Vehicles can no longer get here due to a washed out road and bridge.
The rail grade is mostly good except for some muddy and wet sections. It continues to an abandoned BC rail bridge across the Stikine and camping spots here for river rafters and paddlers.
Drive north towards Iskut on the Cassiar highway. Tatogga Lake is about 480km north of Smithers. When you reach Tatogga Lake Resort and gas station, drive another 1.5km north and go past a gravel pit. The next road to the right is hard to see, as there is 2 large piles of gravel there. But there is a small sign indicating Spatsizi access and if you drive in between the piles of gravel, then you will see a road that continues up the valley (it is called Ealue Lake road). Continue about 26km on the winding gravel road to a bridge across the Klappan river, but road is now washed out. Park here.
Climb up the hill to the right, carry your bike, and go around the washout to the remains of the bridge and cross it. Keep left when you come to a T junction. Follow the good rail grade to left towards the Klappan and Stikine river junctions.
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Posted By: Arel
- Thu Dec 27 02:36:41 UTC 2018
QuestionHi, have you heard of others who've tried this route and gone further?
Have you seen other sections of the rail bed described at all?ANSWERS are in this forum: Dease Lake rail bed extent