|Central BC Nature Viewing Region|
|Rainbow Range, Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park|
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|The most accessible backcountry area in Tweedsmuir Park, featuring spectacular alpine area and unusual volcanic features.|
|Geographical Description||Coast Mountains|
|Area/ Trail Length||Park area 990,000 ha.7 km one way to McCauley Lake campsite|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round; high elevation areas mostly inaccessible in winter due to snow.|
|Habitat||Englemann spruce/subalpine fir, burned areas, alpine meadows and tundra, lakes.|
|Viewing Highlights||The Anahim Volcanic Belt is a geologically more recent outlier of the Coast Mountains, featuring a number of unique volcanic features, including very colourful mountain slopes .|
A good trail leads to a spectacular alpine area with a backcountry campsite at McCauley Lake (also known as M Lake) 7 km from Highway 20. More sketchy trails lead cross country to de Macedo Pass and then further to the Rainbow Range itself. The trail to McCauley Lake is doable as a day hike but further travel requires an overnight stay, and travel beyond the pass is for very experienced backpackers.
Forest and alpine birds, raptors and other wildlife including bears and mountain caribou; alpine flowers very good in mid-summer.
The lower section of the trail is in an area that has burned several times in recent years, and is an excellent place to observe the results of fire and regeneration.
|Other Features||Local outfitters offer horseback trips into the area.|
|Main Access||Trailhead on north side of Highway 20, 40 km west of Anahim Lake.|
|Cautions||Be very aware of bears and cougars, especially in late summer and autumn.|
Please stay on trails to avoid damaging the fragile ecosystems.
This is a remote area with few services nearby. Highway 20 is unpaved between Hagensborg and the trailhead, and features a long, steep (up to 18% grade) and sometimes rough drive between the Atnarko valley and Heckman Pass.
This area is used by snowmobilers in winter.
No mobile phone service in this area.
|Regulations||No camping or fires except in designated areas. Dogs on leash and should not be present during times of high bear activity.|
|Facilities||Basic services in Anahim Lake (40 km east of trailhead) and in Hagensborg (31 km west) and Bella Coola. Nearest location with full services is Williams Lake, 320 km east of Anahim Lake.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.|
|Other Connections||Octopus Lake and Crystal Lake trails lead further into wilderness.|
Alexander Mackenzie Heritage trail is a 420 km long wilderness trail connecting Bella Coola with Quesnel.
These trails are remote and should only be attempted by very experienced backpackers.
|FMI||Park operator: All In Enterprises Inc.|
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