Mill Creek/Lasca Ridge hike

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When: August 11, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

EcoSociety has been working on improving the trail network to the West Arm Provincial Park for more than 2 years. Come see what the work has created by visiting Mill Lake.  The outing is free for EcoSociety members. Non-members are asked to make a donation. See below for details and trailhead directions, and register by emailing andrea@ecosociety.ca.

The hike to Mill Lake in the Harrop-Procter Community Forest is a moderately strenuous 4 km hike along the upper portion


lasca viewFor those hikers who are interested, the plan is to carry on above Mill Lake to Midge Pass (also known as Gun Sight Pass) and then walk the ridge between the Harrop Creek and Midge Creek watersheds for a distance of 3-4 km. That is the first portion of the ridge route connecting the Mill Lake Trail to the historic Lasca Creek Trail in the West Arm Provincial Park to the west. The ridge offers excellent views of Mill Lake, Mount Lasca, the Harrop and Lasca Creek Valleys, the West Arm and the surrounding mountains. Hiking above Mill Lake will include some bushwacking through subalpine forests and some steeper sections to access the ridge and will be somewhat more strenuous than hiking on the trail.of the historic Mill Lake trail. The trail starts at the end of the East Harrop Mainline Logging Road, a distance of 9.5 km from Harrop. At the end of the trail is Mill lake, a small picturesque subalpine lake surrounded by forests. There are an old trapper’s cabin and a backcountry campsite located at the lake.

Participants not interested in hiking above Mill Lake can return to the vehicles at the trail head and depart early. On route to Mill Lake and the ridge above, the hike leader will provide information and answer questions about the forest ecology and local plant life.

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