There is now a small
store at Clearwater Lake
Campground with pay
per use showers, and
two cabins for rent. Ice,
basic groceries, and
some camping type stuff
The Corridor, aka the Clearwater Valley is a big place....
The starting point for all your maps (0 km) is the Info Centre in Clearwater, so that's
what we'll call the beginning.
|Clearwater Info Centre to Hemp Creek
10km Spahats Falls Day Use Area
Home to Spahats Falls, which has carved an enormous canyon out of the layers of
lava rock. This place will be unnerving if you have a fear of heights! Also take the
time to walk along Spahats Creek itself , it's a very lush spot among big firs,
cedars, and hemlocks.
Now that you've seen the falls, continue on the park road to the Shaden Viewpoint.
You won't be disappointed as this is one of the most spectacular views of the
valley, and a great place for a picnic.
This distance is just to the turnoff, the Trophy Mountain trailhead itself is another 13 km
on gravel roads. I could explain how to get there, but its easier if you just get a map.
The road gets you to a parking lot, which gets you within about an hours' hike (most
guides say 45 minutes, but I'm slow) of the Trophy Mountain Flower Meadows... This is
where you cue the theme to "the sound of Music"
While you're up the road, you should also check out Silvertip Falls.
These three canyons are worth pulling over to have a quick look at, especially Third Canyon.
This is a nice hike, an hour or so each way, with a very rewarding waterfall at the end. Moul Falls has a
parking area and some new signage... finding it is now very easy.
I've never actually been but I hear good things. This trail is not for the beginner, this is for those who
want a day or couple of days trek into the Mountains. If you truly want to get away from the crowds for a
mountain hiking experience, this is a good place to start. Wells Gray Chalet Adventures offers multi-day
guided hut to hut hiking on Battle and Trophy mountains.
They have a small western style Saloon, offer guided horseback, canoe and ATV trips.
29 km Wells Gray Air An outstanding way to see Wells Gray Park. Fritz's plane seats 3 and in a one
hour flight can take you on flights over glaciers, mountain peaks, and pristine lakes. For the relatively
low cost of this service, this is a must do adventure for your trip - highly recommended.
30 km Flatiron Trailhead
I note that at least one of the guide books calls this Hemp Creek Canyonlands, but the sign says Flat
Iron Trailhead, so that's what I'll call it. The first section of this trail is a bit rough due to its heavy use by
horses, but if you can get past the ankle twisting rocks, you'll end up with some stunning views of the
Hemp Creek Canyon and the Clearwater River Valley. This is especially true in September as most of
this forest is deciduous trees, which hold the brightest fall colours.
Helmcken Falls Lodge, built in 1948 as a hunting lodge, is nestled at the entrance to Wells Gray Provincial
Park. The main lodge now houses a fully licensed restaurant and Lounge, with full balcony to enjoy the warm
summer evenings and bright winter days. Twenty-one rooms and an RV/campsite look across a 9 hole golf
course to Trophy Mountain in the background. Open year round, they offer many activities including guided
horseback riding, hiking and canoeing in the summer time to X-Country skiing,
Helmcken Falls Lodge
Tel. (250) 674 3657
Email: [email protected]
The Wells Gray Golf Course is just down the hill.
We generally feel it's a bit sacrilegious to mention a golf course when talking about a park, but we make an
exception for this one. After all, how many golf courses can claim frogs, ducks, and the occasional Moose or
Black bear as hazards. The golf is cheap too.
The Info Centre is full of useful info on the park, and more importantly, people who
know things! Have a look around, then ask away! We provide them with up to date
info on trails, camping conditions, what's in bloom, where the bears are, etc. And if
they don't know themselves, they know who to ask.
You can get maps there, book trips like the Clearwater Lake Boat Tour or a raft
trip, and you can book your B & B or Motel. They have clean washrooms, pay
phones, Internet access, a gift shop, camping gear, and refreshments.
They also have free guides to the Clearwater Corridor.
|Useful tip 2
Natures bulldozer, the Grizzly
If you're going to see a Grizzly
on a Wells Gray trip, it will be in
the Trophy Mountains, though
sightings are limited to one or
two a year.
However, you may see Grizzly
sign. If you come across an
area of ground that has been
ripped up, odds are a Grizzly has
been there, either digging for
Glacier Lily bulbs, or trying to
uproot a Ground Squirrel.
|Useful tip 3
Escaping Battle Mountain
Sometimes this road can
swallow your vehicle. In wet
seasons, mud and erosion can
wreak havoc on this road, so
you may want to ask BC
Parks about its condition
before you go. a 4-wheel
drive vehicle is a must.
|Useful tip 1
Get a guide book...
Both "Exploring Wells
Gray" by Roland Neave, and
"Nature Wells Gray" by
Trevor Goward and Cathie
Hickson are excellent choices.
Both are very well formatted,
easy to use ways to get more
out of your Wells Gray
experience, so spend the 12
or 15 bucks and you won't
miss a thing.
|I could show you pictures
all day, but none of them
come close to doing this
place justice... You have
to see it for yourself. This
is just the first slope...