July 12, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Prince George, Hiking
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Even though the Raven Lake Trail in Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park is a bit off the beaten path, it is well worth it in the end. Being only about 90 kilometres from the city (with 16 kilometres being up an old, gravel forestry road) this 10 kilometre round trip is a perfect hike that will both last you the whole day and provide an little bit of a challenge. While the first few kilometres look pretty familiar with it's standard spruce tree composition, as you get higher you will see the change in the forest from sub-alpine to alpine, and than eventually to alpine meadows. Don't be surprised if you run into waist deep snow in the middle of July! After hiking for a couple of hours you will come to majestic Raven Lake, situated at the bottom of a mountain, which is the perfect setting to sit and have lunch at for an hour or so. If you are looking for overnight accomodations, there is a lovely A-frame cabin right on Raven Lake (make sure you bring all of your supplies though) or several tenting pads. Imagine waking up to crisp, mountain air and clear blue sky! If you have room to pack some fishing gear with you, it is worthwhile as Raven Lake is stocked with rainbow trout. When you make it back to your vehicles, you might be a little exhausted. But you will also be exhilarted with being able to find this pristine, mountainous environment fairly close to the city.