MCDOUGALL RIM TRAIL /HAYMAN LAKE
Distance/ Duration: 9 km round trip/4-6 hours
Elevation Gain: 700 metres
Difficulty Level: difficult
GPS: 49.884910, -119.587735
Access Points: From Hwy 97, turn onto Bartley Road and then left on Shannon Lake Road. On your right hand side a sign for Bartley Road continues, turn right onto it. Follow this along past a small gathering of private properties and charming small farms. The road then becomes gravel. Drive slowly past those private properties. Continue along this narrow winding gravel road until you come to a cattle guard. Just past this cattle guard is a clearing in the woods on the right that is used for parking. **Please note that access to this trail is through private property. Please be respectful of the signs and private property.
About this Trail: This trail is on Crown Land and the trails are marked by usage rather than signage. Most of this hike between the parking lot and Hayman Lake is strenuous as you climb up the dry hillside and therefore is recommended for the modestly fit.
CAUTION: There are some sudden steep drop-offs at the edge of this ridge. Hikers share the paths with mountain bikers. Mountain bikers: there are no stunts or jumps along this trail, but it offers a good ride, with some technical rock sections and great views of the valley. Once at the top, you can expect to see wetlands, dense forested areas and meadows, along with amazing views. Watch for tracks of wildlife including bear, deer, and coyotes as well as native floral and fauna.
Features: high cliffs, native floral and fauna, wildlife, panoramic