Mclean Creek Trail (Radium Hot Springs)

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  • Rec Site #:REC5249
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  • Access:Unknown
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: Hiking distance: 5.7 km (one-way). Elevation gain: 500m. This moderately easy trail leads to a scenic lake. Park at the end of the road and watch for the new trail that begins at the small gravel pit 50m back from the old bridge site. (The foottrail no longer follows the old road on the south side of Frances Creek). McLean Lake is located in a high elevation basin at the headwaters of McLean Creek in the Purcell mountain range. The Frances Creek area was once busy with prospectors and miners in the early and mid 1900's. The rawhide trails, used to drag ore down from Leadqueen Mine by horse, can still be seen to the north across the Frances Creek valley from the McLean Lake Trail. To the south, just over the ridge from McLean Lake, lies Forster Creek. The headwaters of Forster Creek, Thunderwater Lake, and the mighty Catamount Glacier can be seen from the ridge above McLean Lake.

  • Driving Directions: Travel time from Radium Hot Springs or Invermere: 1.5 hours. Turn west at the main intersection (4-way stop) in Radium Hot Springs on Forster's Landing Road. Cross the Columbia River and drive 9 km where you intersect Westside Road. Turn right onto Westside Road until reaching 41.5 km. A left turn here will put you on the Leadqueen -Frances Creek FSR. Continue 1.6 km and turn left onto the Frances Creek FS Road. Follow this road to the 17.5 km mark and park near the old bridge site over Frances Creek. A new walking trail has been cut that follows the NORTH banks of Frances Creek. Backtrack to a small gravel pit to the north to start up the trail. A few rough areas of road require a high clearance 4WD vehicle.

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