This rough trail is not used much lately and is getting a bit overgrown and wet in places. It gains elevation to 1200m, following a small creek on its true right side and then climbs up the crest of a ridge. It crosses the ridge, drops to a small basin and returns to the ridge (09U 594239 6068466). Above 5000ft timberline is reached on the open ridges where views of the lake and area are seen.
Drive the Ski Hill road out of Smithers and turn left at 15km to the McDonell Lake FSR. Copper River Ranch on the lake was closed in 2006, signs indicate that. Travel for 13km, passing Dennis Lake campsite and then turn south on the Dennis S. Road (unmarked). Follow for 1km and then turn west to the marked Dennis W road. Follow this for 9km to a small parking spot and a narrow trail across it, marked with a small trail sign, see the bottom picture.
This is also a good bike ride from the Dennis Lake campsite to get to the trailhead, as I did. Cabins are available for rent on the north side of McDonell Lake at Copper River Ranch. The lake is great for paddling and fishing too.
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