Mel DeAnna Trail - Castlegar, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 14.906 W 117° 38.271
11U E 453578 N 5455269
Quick Description: The Mel DeAnna Trail is a 1.5 or 3.5 km. trail which begins at the rest area on Highway 3 about 6 km. south of Castlegar.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 9:35:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMM73M
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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Long Description:
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".

An easy hiking, moderate biking (with a handful of super technical spots), lollipop loop trail around a pond ecosystem. Many different types of plant life, birds and some odd rock formations, including a surprising cave.

The trail only takes 1.5 hours if you stroll, much less by bike. It begins at a viewpoint over the Columbia River and Castlegar and continues for a short spell along the highway, which is a bit annoying, but soon descends into the silence of mixed forest - pines, hardwoods, larches and a mix of your standard local conifers. The way is cool and green, broken once by a new, ghastly logging road.

Within 30 minutes you arrive at the pond, with an outhouse and a strange, open, a-frame shelter. Posts numbered 1 through 16 circle the pond counter-clockwise, which is the best way to walk it as the surroundings become more interesting as the numbers increase. If biking go clockwise - there are some tricky rock formations that are possible to ride down if you're good, but impossible to climb.

You'll soon discover the pond is quite a bit larger than it first appeared, and there are many differing viewpoints, a few bridges, undulating terrain and riparian wildlife. In places, the trail comes close to the edge of the high cliffs overlooking the valley - may be wise to leash any straying dogs. Right around post 15, look to the trees for a smattering of nests, and shortly thereafter you can't miss the bizarrely out-of-place rock wall and cave system.

For a short ramble off the highway, this place had a lot of odd things to see. The trail is managed by the Kootenay Conservation Society - so that's probably your best bet for getting info on the numbered posts.
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Trail Name: Mel DeAnna Trail

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