Today we were planning to see a glacier close to Stein Valley but I didn't have enough coordinates to navigate on the web of backroads that feature the Nahatlach area.
Carmen and Nancy: Are we there?
We ended on one active logging road close to Nahatlach Provincial Park. The Nahatlach river has a series of spectacular rapids, ideal for river rafting and kayaking. Or if you prefer, there are some lakes nearby where you can do canoeing.
On our way back I took the 4 Barrel FSR turnoff from the Nahatlach FSR. On a spur I saw a not very travelled road and a sign "Nahatlach Lookout Trail". Instead of hiking we drove to the viewpoint. The narrow road goes up... and up... You ascend more than 400 metres (1310 ft) in more or less 3 kilometres (1.9 miles).
4WD is recommended if you drive to Nahatlack Lookout
Then we reached the now abandoned tower. You can spent the night inside, but I would rather do it on the upper floor (weather depending).
From the lookout we have great views, including some fresh snow covering the nearby mountains and a lot of logging activity. Sometimes in the area, you can see helilogging.
This is a transition zone that exhibits both coastal and interior characteristics. On the lower elevations you may find stands of coastal western hemlock and interior Douglas-Fir. Engelmman spruce, subalpine fir and mountain hemlock can be found at higher elevations (if they have not being cut yet)
As in many places in the province, wildlife abounds in this scenic valley.
0 km North Bend School
9 km Road Junction, Go Left. (Park’s directional sign)
11.7 km Road Junction, Go Right. (Park’s directional sign)
13 km Road to the right to private property and river access. Stay on main road.
14.5 km 4 Barrel Mainline Road, Nahatlatch River Resort, Keefer Road. Go Right.
Trailhead begins at
1. 50:00.690-121:33.163 Elev 769 m Take the road less travelled.
2. 50:01.305-121:34.283 Elev 1214 m Lookout