A Photo Study of a
Gray Creek to Kimberley
  Trans-Canada Trail
     Route Option
                 REV 1



           by ...
A Photo Study of a
Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans-
         Canada Trail
        Route Option
              REV 1




     ...
From Gray Creek to Kimberley
                                               Kimberley



        The
        Pass

Gray   ...
Arriving on the M.V. Osprey from
Balfour




             Crossing the Kootenay
             Lake on the longest free
    ...
On Kootenay Lake
looking towards Gray
Creek from Crawford Bay
Gray Creek
The Western Terminus of the
Gray Creek Pass Route
Lakeside Camping Resort
Opportunity to stock up on
supplies before embarking
on the eastbound trek
Time for a refreshing dip
in Kootenay Lake before
tackling the climb to
Gray Creek Pass
Gray Creek to Summit and Over




Road Route
Indicated in
Yellow

 Km Mileposts
 added
THE ROAD ROUTE

From West to East




The Beginning




1km
Starts off easy enough




               1.5 km
Plenty of opportunities
to replenish water on a
hot summer day




                          7.5 km
Average grade
to summit 9.2%
over 16.5 km




                 8 km
Adventurous Cyclists
currently use this route as
an off highway alternative
between the East and
West Kootenays




  9 km
10 km
Some of the grades
        here go up to 14%




11 km
Finally,
getting closer
to the Summit




                 14.5
                 km
Near the top and a
lovely little campsite
appears




                         15.5 km
A short little walk of
200m from the road
brings one to this
pretty little Alpine
Lake
A hiking trail goes all
the away around
Oliver Lake
The summit
at 6800 ft. and 5000 ft
above Kootenay Lake




                          16.5 km
Preparing to go down
towards the east
Starting to descend
from summit




                      17 km
East of Summit the road
becomes the Baker Ck.
Forestry Road and after a
few kms. the downhill
grades begin to moderate



...
Descending East along Baker Ck to Redding Ck
Going through an un-harvested
section of mature White Spruce.
Has a west coast feel to this
short section.




           ...
At 29 km the road
becomes the Redding
Creek Forestry Road




                      28.5 km
32 km
33.5 km
Bridge over
Redding Creek




   34 km
Looking west, up
Redding Creek
36 km
37 km
Tamarack
Needles in their
Fall Colors




                   38 km
Redding Ck onto St. Mary’s River and Lake
Approaching the St.
Mary’s River Valley




                      46 km
Crossing of the St. Mary’s
 River




                              Popular place for a
                              wild...
Looking north-west up
the St. Mary’s River into
the renowned St.
Mary’s Alpine Park




  Past the bridge the
  road becom...
First indication of an early
pioneer settlement




                               57 km
St Mary’s Lake to Kimberley
St. Mary’s Lake




                  64 km
Campground at
the eastern end
of the lake




 66 km
Outflow of the lake
to become the St.
Mary’s River
At 64 km the St. Mary’s River paved road begins




                                                  72 km
The rural outskirts of
Kimberly and the
Kimberley Riverside
Campground appears to    79 km
the weary traveler
Access into the
Kimberley Nature Park
across the road from
the campground




                        Road Route ends 3km ...
Gray Creek to Summit and Over




                      Teck’s
                      Powerline
                      Acces...
A more rustic alternative
for hikers and equestrians
Summertime view
looking over the West
Arm of Kootenay Lake
In the fall inversions are
common over Kootenay
Lake
This first section
  is available
  currently to use




Teck is in the process
of abandoning the line,
starting with publ...
One of the effects of
abandonment would
be to remove the
Powerline completely
Parts of the trail are
closed in by the forest
canopy




 With the closing of
 the Sullivan Mine in
 Kimberley in 1999,
 ...
Fall view of
alpine meadow
at summit
Tarn close to
summit
At the very top
of the pass on
the road
At summit the terrain is relatively
flat for over 1km. This summit is
300 ft. less in elevation than the
forestry road sum...
Some evidence of
habitation in the past
Descending
from summit
to the east
Trail transitions
from in the
forest till …..
…..till it is out
of the forest




Grades on this
downhill stretch
run to 25%+
Descending East along Baker Ck to Redding Ck




 Section 2 PWL
                              Section 3 PWL
 access road –...
At 27km of the forestry
road route, access to
Section 2 of the PWL road
begins
This 4.5 km
section has great
scenic attributes
A nice grove of Birch
trees in the background
Again one of the appeals
to the PWL route is the
transitioning from into and
out of the forest




Note, the high standard...
At the eastern end of this
section Teck has removed the
bridge over Redding Creek.
New bridge required
After crossing
Redding Creek
the route
ascends for 1 km
Approaching
Section 3 of the
PWL access road
Section 3 of the PWL
access road starts off at
32.5 km off the forestry
road route
Summertime View
Same area
in the Fall




This trail
segment would
be 10.5 km long
This 3rd section
would make an
outstanding trail
This section would be
very accommodating to
cyclists as the grades
are easy to moderate
Teck’s bridge over Redding
Creek has been taken down for
safety reasons. Opportunity for a
tram crossing?
Redding Ck onto St. Mary’s River and Lake



                                             This section of the route is an
...
St Mary’s Lake to Kimberley




             Potential shorter
             route on Crown
              land and PWL



 ...
Approaching Kimberley, the
Teck PWL access road
reappears on crown land and
could be utilized
Gaining elevation on crown
land just before entering the
Kimberley Nature Park
The Kimberley Nature
Park is one of Canada’s
largest urban parks




For 5 km, the TCT winds it
way through the Kimberley
...
Sharing the vision of the Trans
Canada Trail of Connecting Canadian
    Communities Coast to Coast
Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans Canada Trail PhotoAlbum Presentation
Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans Canada Trail PhotoAlbum Presentation
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This 2005 and revised in 2008 Trails BC photo album/PowerPoint Presentation looks at the potential of a Trans Canada Trail routing option between Gray Creek and Kimberley BC

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Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans Canada Trail PhotoAlbum Presentation

  1. 1. A Photo Study of a Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans-Canada Trail Route Option REV 1 by Al Skucas Trails BC President Rockies/East Kootenays Director Oct 2008
  2. 2. A Photo Study of a Gray Creek to Kimberley Trans- Canada Trail Route Option REV 1 by Al Skucas Trails BC President Rockies/East Kootenays Director Oct 2008 32 km
  3. 3. From Gray Creek to Kimberley Kimberley The Pass Gray Marysville Creek St. Mary’s Lake 82 Km through the scenic Purcell Mountains of B.C. Interim Road Route in place with options to develop a TCT route off road in stages of progressive development
  4. 4. Arriving on the M.V. Osprey from Balfour Crossing the Kootenay Lake on the longest free ferry ride in the world
  5. 5. On Kootenay Lake looking towards Gray Creek from Crawford Bay
  6. 6. Gray Creek The Western Terminus of the Gray Creek Pass Route
  7. 7. Lakeside Camping Resort Opportunity to stock up on supplies before embarking on the eastbound trek
  8. 8. Time for a refreshing dip in Kootenay Lake before tackling the climb to Gray Creek Pass
  9. 9. Gray Creek to Summit and Over Road Route Indicated in Yellow Km Mileposts added
  10. 10. THE ROAD ROUTE From West to East The Beginning 1km
  11. 11. Starts off easy enough 1.5 km
  12. 12. Plenty of opportunities to replenish water on a hot summer day 7.5 km
  13. 13. Average grade to summit 9.2% over 16.5 km 8 km
  14. 14. Adventurous Cyclists currently use this route as an off highway alternative between the East and West Kootenays 9 km
  15. 15. 10 km
  16. 16. Some of the grades here go up to 14% 11 km
  17. 17. Finally, getting closer to the Summit 14.5 km
  18. 18. Near the top and a lovely little campsite appears 15.5 km
  19. 19. A short little walk of 200m from the road brings one to this pretty little Alpine Lake
  20. 20. A hiking trail goes all the away around Oliver Lake
  21. 21. The summit at 6800 ft. and 5000 ft above Kootenay Lake 16.5 km
  22. 22. Preparing to go down towards the east
  23. 23. Starting to descend from summit 17 km
  24. 24. East of Summit the road becomes the Baker Ck. Forestry Road and after a few kms. the downhill grades begin to moderate . 20 km
  25. 25. Descending East along Baker Ck to Redding Ck
  26. 26. Going through an un-harvested section of mature White Spruce. Has a west coast feel to this short section. 27 km
  27. 27. At 29 km the road becomes the Redding Creek Forestry Road 28.5 km
  28. 28. 32 km
  29. 29. 33.5 km
  30. 30. Bridge over Redding Creek 34 km
  31. 31. Looking west, up Redding Creek
  32. 32. 36 km
  33. 33. 37 km
  34. 34. Tamarack Needles in their Fall Colors 38 km
  35. 35. Redding Ck onto St. Mary’s River and Lake
  36. 36. Approaching the St. Mary’s River Valley 46 km
  37. 37. Crossing of the St. Mary’s River Popular place for a wilderness camping stop 52 km
  38. 38. Looking north-west up the St. Mary’s River into the renowned St. Mary’s Alpine Park Past the bridge the road becomes the St. Mary’s River Forestry Road
  39. 39. First indication of an early pioneer settlement 57 km
  40. 40. St Mary’s Lake to Kimberley
  41. 41. St. Mary’s Lake 64 km
  42. 42. Campground at the eastern end of the lake 66 km
  43. 43. Outflow of the lake to become the St. Mary’s River
  44. 44. At 64 km the St. Mary’s River paved road begins 72 km
  45. 45. The rural outskirts of Kimberly and the Kimberley Riverside Campground appears to 79 km the weary traveler
  46. 46. Access into the Kimberley Nature Park across the road from the campground Road Route ends 3km later along the road at the junction of Hwy 95 and the St. Mary’s River Road. 79 km
  47. 47. Gray Creek to Summit and Over Teck’s Powerline Access Road The Off Road Route Options
  48. 48. A more rustic alternative for hikers and equestrians
  49. 49. Summertime view looking over the West Arm of Kootenay Lake
  50. 50. In the fall inversions are common over Kootenay Lake
  51. 51. This first section is available currently to use Teck is in the process of abandoning the line, starting with public open houses to begin in 2008/09
  52. 52. One of the effects of abandonment would be to remove the Powerline completely
  53. 53. Parts of the trail are closed in by the forest canopy With the closing of the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley in 1999, this ROW as the TCT may be a fitting legacy
  54. 54. Fall view of alpine meadow at summit
  55. 55. Tarn close to summit
  56. 56. At the very top of the pass on the road
  57. 57. At summit the terrain is relatively flat for over 1km. This summit is 300 ft. less in elevation than the forestry road summit.
  58. 58. Some evidence of habitation in the past
  59. 59. Descending from summit to the east
  60. 60. Trail transitions from in the forest till …..
  61. 61. …..till it is out of the forest Grades on this downhill stretch run to 25%+
  62. 62. Descending East along Baker Ck to Redding Ck Section 2 PWL Section 3 PWL access road – access road- 4.5 km long 10.5 km long
  63. 63. At 27km of the forestry road route, access to Section 2 of the PWL road begins
  64. 64. This 4.5 km section has great scenic attributes
  65. 65. A nice grove of Birch trees in the background
  66. 66. Again one of the appeals to the PWL route is the transitioning from into and out of the forest Note, the high standard to which some sections of the PWL road are constructed. Lots of cut and fill here to produce this grade
  67. 67. At the eastern end of this section Teck has removed the bridge over Redding Creek. New bridge required
  68. 68. After crossing Redding Creek the route ascends for 1 km
  69. 69. Approaching Section 3 of the PWL access road
  70. 70. Section 3 of the PWL access road starts off at 32.5 km off the forestry road route
  71. 71. Summertime View
  72. 72. Same area in the Fall This trail segment would be 10.5 km long
  73. 73. This 3rd section would make an outstanding trail
  74. 74. This section would be very accommodating to cyclists as the grades are easy to moderate
  75. 75. Teck’s bridge over Redding Creek has been taken down for safety reasons. Opportunity for a tram crossing?
  76. 76. Redding Ck onto St. Mary’s River and Lake This section of the route is an abandoned forestry road that is now quite grown over. At the eastern edge of this section the old bridge over Meachen Creek has been removed. Instead of building a crossing over Redding Creek, 6 km of new trail could be constructed from the eastern end of section 3 Long term options to develop trail south of St. Mary’s River if community interest would support such an initiative. In the meantime the forestry road would be adequate
  77. 77. St Mary’s Lake to Kimberley Potential shorter route on Crown land and PWL This route has been established as the Trans Canada Trail within the Kimberley Nature Park in 2006 Off Road Options on the approach to Kimberley
  78. 78. Approaching Kimberley, the Teck PWL access road reappears on crown land and could be utilized
  79. 79. Gaining elevation on crown land just before entering the Kimberley Nature Park
  80. 80. The Kimberley Nature Park is one of Canada’s largest urban parks For 5 km, the TCT winds it way through the Kimberley Nature Park until it arrives in the heart of Kimberley
  81. 81. Sharing the vision of the Trans Canada Trail of Connecting Canadian Communities Coast to Coast

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