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Mel DeAnna Trail South Footbridge - Castlegar, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 13.742 W 117° 38.979
11U E 452701 N 5453119
Quick Description: The Mel DeAnna Trail is a 3 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 6:44:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMM7NT
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member CM-14
Views: 1

Long Description:
After hiking the long 1.5 km. to the junction at the north end of Champion Lake(s), if one takes the right fork and heads down the west side of the lake, one will shortly encounter the first of two wooden footbridges on the loop around the lake. That one is about a third of the way down the lake while this one is at the far south end. They are both simple bridges made of a pair of stout logs with 2X6s nailed on crosswise as a deck. They are only about 20 feet or so in length. This bridge has a single 2X4 handrail.

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".

South Footbridge
View from the Bridge

Trail Name: Mel DeAnna Trail

Approximate Length of Bridge: 20

Obstacle: Champion Lake

Trail Type: Earthen/Packed Dirt

Visit Instructions:
Photos are encouraged, but not required.
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