Posted by: cherylyoung | July 12, 2013

Stone Mountain Provincial park is one of the most exposed campgrounds in BC and also one of the most beautifully situated

Stone Mountain Provincial Park is 87 miles (140 km)

west of Fort  Nelson along the Alaska Hwy.

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 Much of the park lies in the alpine tundra biogeoclimatic

zone, which means that trees are scarce and mountains of

little more than solid  rock reach for the sky.

The contrast with the rolling, tree-covered foothills farther

south is startling.

Summit Lake Provincial Campground (28 vehicle/tent sites)

is located on the Alaska Hwy inside Stone Mountain

Provincial Park.

This is one of the most exposed campgrounds in the

province and also one of the most beautifully situated.

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All sites sit within open view of each other, the highway,

and the  surrounding smooth summits of the Stone

Mountain Range.

 The campground is located just north of the highest point of

elevation on the Alaska Hwy (4,249 feet/1295 m), and also

just north of one of the last remaining sections of

unpaved highway.

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If you’ve been travelling north, this is a good place

to pull off and relax.

If you’re here around sunset, the sight of the Stone

Mountains reflected on the lake’s surface is mesmerizing.

 There are three Summit Lakes in northeastern British

Columbia:

 one near Prince George, another near Pine Pass between

Prince George and Dawson Creek, and this one.

 Don’t confuse the three; they are separated by many

miles of highway.)

 The park is open from May to September and fees are

collected  during this time.

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The defining g feature of Stone Mountain Provincial Park

is the mountains: great humps of raw stone rising from the

valleys below, where only the barest plant life, lichen, grasses,

moss, survive.

 You wouldn’t expect to find much in the way of wildlife here,

and in truth, you won’t find much on the bare slopes.

But the valleys are a different matter.

Mountain caribou and Stone sheep winter in some of

the lower  valleys, and mountain goats, moose, and grizzly

and black bears  also frequent the valleys.

A number of bird species live in the park, none more magnificent

than the golden eagle.

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 Watch for Stone sheep beside the Alaska Hwy between here and

Liard River Hotsprings.

Plan on 7 to 14 days to complete a 44-mile (70-km) loop through

 the headwaters of MacDonald Creek and the adjacent Wokkpash

Provincial Recreation Area.

 Much of the route follows well-trodden game trails laid down

 by caribou but adhered to by all, as attested to by the wide

 variety of scat encountered along the way.

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A horse trail (moderate; 30 miles/50 km return) follows the north

 side of MacDonald Creek from the trailhead at Mile 400 (Km 645)

on the Alaska Hwy.

Hoodoos in the Wokkpash Gorge are one of the scenic features

at the 7.5-mile (12-km) point along this route.

 Other highlights in Wokkpash include Forlorn Gorge, an 80-foot

 (25-m)-wide, 490-foot (150-m)-deep canyon, whose steep-sided

 slopes should be attempted only with great caution.

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As well as offering tremendous wilderness hiking for the

experienced backpacker, Stone Mountain Provincial Park also

 features several shorter hiking trails more suited to a quick day trip.

These include the Summit Peak Trail

(strenuous; 6 miles/10 km return)

 and the Flower Springs Lake Trai

l (moderate; 7 miles/12 km return),

to an alpine lake sublimely situated in the folds

of the Stone  Mountains.

 Both trailheads are well marked and begin from

pullouts on the east side of Hwy 97.

Stone Mountain Provincial Park is located 140 km

west of Fort Nelson along the Alaska Highway.

Nearby Regions & Towns

Muncho Lake

Alaska Highway 97

Toad River

Fort Nelson

 CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

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