Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

The path leading to Saphat Falls, we had to climb over this...

Our first view, a partial shot...

Here's a better view, a pretty fall...

Moving along past the observation deck...

Looking into the beautiful canyon...

Note the observation deck we were just on, middle right of pic...

One last look...

Back on the road, we're heading to Green Mountain Tower next...

But first we checked out the Wells Gray Guest House...

I loved this little church...

Next stop, Golf & RV Resort....

The greens look nice, note RV in back right...

Back on the road again, it is beautiful!

We are entering the park now...

The beginning of the road up to Green Mountain...

The trees look like ferns to us...

Arriving at the tower...

Nice view of Mulhood Lake, it is quite a distance away...

A pretty view to the right of the lake...

Back on the road heading back down, see you at our next...


Today we packed a picnic lunch and headed towards the Wells Gray Park. One of British Columbia's most spectacular provincial parks, the wilderness area of Wells Gray Provincial Park is now 540,000 hectares, encompassing most of the Clearwater River watershed. I asked Larry "what the heck is a hectare??" He knew the answer...do you?

Before we began our journey up the Clearwater Valley Road, we stopped at the visitor's center and picked up a detailed map. We also spoke to a very nice man who circled the main points of interest. He suggested that since it looked like there was a distinct possibility of rain, we should probably limit our trip to about 3 hours. We knew that it would take us at least 4 hours to do what others do in three (as we seem to linger about more than the average bear), so that was fine with us.

But, before reaching the Wells Gray Park, we made a slight detour, turning left into Spahats Creek Provincial Park. A large parking lot and a short 10 minute walk gets you to the falls. This is actually a very small park, consisting mainly of a viewpoint, where the gorge has been carved out by the Spahats Creek as it finds its way into the Clearwater River. The falls drop 61m, the creek having first cut down about 5-10m into a sort of miniature canyon. From the viewing platform we were actually looking west back towards the main Clearwater Valley road, and looking east we were looking down into the main valley of the Clearwater River and could see a track on the other side of the river. There was only one other couple there at the time, so we really enjoyed ourselves.

Our next stop was to view the Green Mountain Tower. But before we reached our turn-off we stopped to check out the Wells Gray Guest Ranch. Looks like a really nice place. Would be fun to stay there I'm sure. I loved the little church out front. Moving on, we stopped at the Wells Gray Golf Resort and RV Park. Looks like another nice place to visit. If and when we are back in this area, we would probably stay there for a few nights.

Arriving at our turn, we began the climb up a steep and narrow 3.6km road to the viewing tower. It was dirt and bumpy in many areas, but easily accessible for those not minding to be jostled around a bit. When you arrive, the viewing tower is right there, so no hiking to get there. There are several stairs to climb, but easy with handrails. There are several informational signs up top giving detailed information on what you are seeing. This could have been a very panoramic view of the park, but it was overcast with low clouds this morning so our view was definitely hindered. We still enjoyed our time there and the narrow road up was actually very pretty. There are very few folks in the park today so once again we took our time.

Our next stop will be at the second fall we visited, Dawson Falls. It is very impressive and I took numerous pictures and a couple of short videos. So, I think we'll pick up again on a second post pertaining to this trip. Thanks for checking in...



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