An easy, pretty trail that loops around the small but picturesque Enid Lake. The snow-dusted rockies and golden leaves make this a super-nice autumn trail, but I imagine it's a nice outing all year long (looks like it would be tres mucky in spring).
The access road ends at the edge of the lake, and a trail alternates with old wagon road all the way around. On the south shore, the route stays in slightly thicker forest, affording views of the distant mountains. The trail thins as you continue, featuring tall juniper bushes and mixed forest/grassland.
At one point, you arrive in an open grass meadow that is somewhat bizarre given the setting - and it would be super beautiful if not for the idiots that left donut tracks all over it, used a dozen different fire pits and left beer cans in each one.
Towards the end of the loop you'll skirt a marsh, and have a whole new view of a fresh set of mountains. The trail is virtually flat the entire way and would make a very easy, pleasant bike ride or snowshoe. If not for the obvious signs of redneckery, this place would be at least a '4'.
From Invermere, follow the signs for Panorama Ski Area on Toby Creek Rd. Watch for signs to "Wilmer" just at the edge of town, and follow Wilmer Rd to the small community.
The last main road on the left as you reach the end of Wilmer (Park Street) will eventually turn into Bruce Crk FSR. You will pass tiny Wilmer Lake on your left, a little over 2km from there you'll come to a major spur with some signs of a fire pit. Stay right, if come to a large camping area full of gypsy RVs ... you're in the right place. Scant meters farther is the lakeshore and rec site.
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Posted By: Will&Kara
- Fri Jul 05 15:03:27 UTC 2013
UpsideThe whole trail was along the lake, it was worn down nicely and there was lots of little critters running around. The water at the lake was crystal clear, simply beautiful. DownsideLots of broken glass along the trail, garbage left around. CommentThis was a simple little hike, we had the dogs and they loved sniffing around checking everything out. It took us just about an hour and we were going fairly slow, enjoying the scenery. We will definately be going back.