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Mel DeAnna Trail Balanced Rock - Castlegar, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 13.790 W 117° 38.920
11U E 452773 N 5453208
Quick Description: The Mel DeAnna Trail is a 1.5 or 5 km. trail which begins at the rest area on Highway 3 about 6 km. south of Castlegar.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/5/2014 11:50:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMM7KQ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
Views: 3

Long Description:
After hiking the long 1.5 km. to the junction at the north end of Champion Lake(s), if one takes the left fork and heads down the east side of the lake, one will first encounter a cave, actually an old mine, then further on will be this balanced rock. It is right beside the trail and is one of a few glacial erratics scattered around the lake. It would have come to rest at this precarious position ten to twelve thousand years ago, with the retreat of the last glaciers. Had it moved just a tiny bit further, it would have toppled over a cliff and into the lake below. As it is, it rests on a small outcrop of bedrock. This is the smallest of the erratics I noticed while walking around the lake, but it is still large enough that it has a spruce tree growing on it.

The trail heads upward from the toilet at the rest area to a viewpoint, then runs south for 1.5 km to a junction with a 2 km. loop. If one takes the loop, the total trail length is 5 km. as one returns on the same 1.5 km. trail. The trail is a great bird watching and nature trail with superb views of the Columbia River Valley and Castlegar, to the north, then descends into forest and eventually goes around a large pond with 16 interpretive stations. It was created by the West Kootenay Naturalists, Castlegar & District Wildlife Association, Selkirk College and the Ministry of Forests.

Beside the trailhead, just to the south, is a monument with a plaque dedicated to Mel DeAnna, "A Friend To Nature".

balanced rock

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