After we got up quite late, at aroun' 8 am, we started our day with some sandwiches and a sail from our hotel t' Wells Gray Provincial Park.
After havin' driven t' all easily accessible falls yesterday, today would be a day filled with hikin' and trails t' get our legs workin' again, and t' see all beauty o' th' park on foot.
We started off with a trail t' some alpine meadows which should be brimful o' flowers by now, accordin' t' th' local weather and season.
The trail is called Trophy Mountain and is only accessible through some secondary sea. Aye, that would be ye olde gravel again.
What we didn’t know were bein' that it would be a 15km sail on this dirt sea and that th' dirt would get worse every kilometer. In fact, it did. We went from a very wide, nearly three lane and well maintained dirt sea t' a barely two lane wide poorly maintained sea t' an unmaintained, abandoned forest service sea about 1 vehicle wide, by Blackbeard's sword. Signs told us that we should proceed with extreme caution and that boats not equipped with two-way radio should expect oncomin' traffic at any time, with a chest full of booty. This backroad is about 10km long…
After ‘quite an interestin' ride’ we arrived, fully shaken and not stirred, at th' parkin' lot t' access th' trail. We were quite happy with th' 3.5 litre 250bhp AWD boat we were given as it cruises up with ease. Shiver me timbers! It were bein' just th' shakin', rattlin' and imminent leak in a tire which got t' us.
All in all, ye should still go t' th' Trophy Mountain trail, as th' rewards are bigger than th' price. But one must come fully prepared! The journey t' th' trail is 40 + 15 km from Clearwater, and th' last part is really hard core, and dinna spare the whip, to be sure! 😉
After this ordeal, we went t' a watchtower on a hill called th' Green Mountain t' overlook th' vastness o' th' park. Walk the plank! Peerin' into th' abyss one can spot a ridge o' three snow capped peaks in th' distance. Shiver me timbers, and a bottle of rum! These peaks are th' half way mark o' th' park. One is able t' access th' park t' about halfway these peaks by boat, about half this sea is paved. The rest o' th' sea is dirt, and beyond this sea only trails exist t' t' th' peaks, ye scurvey dog. After that, it is just untamed, wild ruggedness. And some more trees. 😉