The trail begins at the Hudson Moutnain ski area and starts off on a steep access road. Very quickly the trail leaves the road and becomes typical foot-worn packed earth, muddy in places. The trail continues steeply up through sub-alpine hillside, complete with flowers and trickling streams.
Very soon the trail pretty much levels out and you are meandering across a beautiful green plateau shadowed by some towering peaks.
The trail peters out and gets lost under snow patches, but your goal (crater lake) is quite obviously situated in a depression at the base of a peak in the near distance, and picking your way there is quite easy.
Most people turn around at the knoll above the lake, but scrambling your way down across some scree and small boulders to the shore is worth it. Some people also continue up the ridge to the peak, but remember to add a few hours to your trip calculations if you plan to do this.
Follow the signs from Smithers to the Hudson Mountain ski area. The road is good in the summer, in the winter it is only plowed a portion of the way and chains are recommended.
Half-way up the mountain is a nordic skiing park. The road ends at the base of the downhill ski area, amongst a cluster of private cabins. Take the access road that climbs up the mountain immediately at the end of the public road. The trail is clear and shoots off on the left less than a hundred meters up the road.
If you lose the trail, your destination is the peak immediately to the left of the main ski hill, there is a clear depression at its base. The way back is easy to find as you will eventually see the roofs of the cabins at the parking area (unless you get socked in, of course).
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