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Battle Brook in the Incomappleux Valley

Battle Brook in the Incomappleux Valley: Harbors 1,200 year-old rainforest trees slated for logging

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Harboring 1,200 year-old rainforest trees slated for logging


The Battle Brook Trail crosses a small creek just past the last cutblock and heads through majestic cedars-hemlock forests for several kilometers until it reaches Battle Brook and its spectacular water-sculpted rock formations. Despite the difficult access it is well worth the effort, as it reveals one of the last remaining intact sections of spectacular inland temperate rainforest old-growth cedar, hemlock, and white pine. Cedars in the Upper Incommapleux are up to 15 feet in diameter and have been cored and estimated to be over 1200 years old. This is a true adventure in some of the last true wilderness in the ITR, where only a rudimentary trail leads you through head-high bracken and devil’s club, and some of the most magnificent forests on the planet. Conservationists are working hard to protect these last remaining giants, which are currently slated for logging.


Getting There:

From Revelstoke:  Take Highway 23 South to the Galena Bay Ferry across Upper Arrow Lake. Across the Ferry turn left onto Highway 31, then left over the Galena Pass. Turn Left up the Fish River/Incommapleux Forest Road and follow for 28km to the Mountain Hostel.  NOTE: Stay on the East side of Incommapleux River.


From Nelson:  Head North on Highway 3A to Kaslo, then North on Highway 31 to Lardeau, Meadow Creek, and Trout Lake (a gravel highway from Meadow Creek to Trout Lake).  From Trout Lake, continue towards Galena, turning right just before the bridge over Beaton Creek on the Fish River/Incommapleux Forest Service Road.  The Hostel is 28km up this road.  NOTE: Stay on the East side of the Incommapleux River.


From the hostel:

  Continue up the road as far as you dare, then ride your mountain bike to the very end of the road (the brave can drive their 4X4 all the way). The trailhead is approximately 13km past the hostel.  Follow an old cutblock road for approximately 500 meters, until it turns into a trail. 


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