July 11, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
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As the snow retreats from the Alpine meadows gushing down icy cool creeks into the swollen Bulkley River it's a perfect time to explore the Hudson Bay Mountain prairie. On Sunday, my family and I drove the scenic switchbacks of Hudson Bay Mountain Road to the top of the ski hill. While this is usually thought of as an ideal location for winter recreation, many people do not know that is also an awesome place for summer adventures. Just past the Ski lodge at the base of the “Cabin Runs” is the trail head for Crater Lake trail. This trail is the fastest way to get above tree line and access alpine hiking. The trail is approximately 1.5 hours each way, and leads to a frigid alpine lake, which on a hot day is definitely a welcom relief. My family found that it was the perfect adventure for a sunny afternoon with an easy grade and a beautiful view, but be sure to bring some bug spray!