Blue skies above and the sun high in the sky, we couldn’t have picked a better day to hit the trail and explore this gem.
Westlake is a moderate to difficult hike depending on your skill level and aerobic ability and the same rating if you were biking.
Today we chose to capture our video and photo footage by hiking this cedar lined terrain.
The trail starts out in a lush brush area that changed into a cedar forest surrounding a creek.
From there you begin a bit of a decent that brings you over some mossy, rocky and fairly uneven terrain leading you to a beautiful lookout point viewing both the south and north end of the lake.
There are a few sweet lookouts so be sure to bring your camera as the lake looks amazing from this vantage point, forcing you to remember how small you really are and the expanse in which we live.
Skipping down the path taking in the smell of earth and pure air, pausing to bask in the warmth of the sun as it kisses my face, I stop.
I look around at my new colleagues, pinch myself and wonder if this is real? I’m actually at work.
I better continue observing and taking mental note of my surroundings and any noteworthy details.
Upon nearing the end of the trail you start a bit of a switchback decent that passes from open fields to a cedar lined creek, which then ends on a logging road.
I can say when I got to the end of this trail I really didn’t want it to end. I guess it will be there for me tomorrow since it is in my backyard!
The trailhead is located at 6.5 km on Stewart Creek FSR. Stewart Creek is 3km west of the bridge in Christina Lake on Hwy 3 or 17.5 km east of the Granby Bridge on Hwy #3 in Grand Forks.
The trail end (where you may want to have another vehicle waiting) is located on a logging road at 1.5 km on Chase Road (north of Westlake Drive in Christina Lake). Enjoy!
Digital Trails Team 2014-2015
Christina Gateway CDA
Recreational Trail – Use At Own Risk.
Pack it in – Pack it out!
For a detailed map:
Christina Lake Welcome Centre,
1675 Highway 3, V0H 1E2