An Old Favourite Hangout Spot: LAKELSE LAKE – Gruchy Beach

On my third day up in Northern British Columbia, visiting my home town of Terrace, BC we drove to Lakekse Lake, after our trip to Kitimat, BC to catch the late afternoon sunshine on the lake. It has been a good twenty-something years since I set foot on Gruchy Beach, heck–I think I was still in high school when I was last there. Today, there is a nice trail, well maintained, to get to the exclusive beach. (This is where I sound old) Back in the day, we had to hike through the swamp and forest to get to the good section of beach on that part of the lake. Now imagine, it is pitch black out, and all you have is a “bic lighter” to guide your way. Too-much! LOL

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Oh yes, many great memories here. One of the reasons why this place was so popular with the teenagers was that it was so hard to get to, and you had lot of warning when someone else was coming–who was uninvited.

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Though swimming was out of the question (late October) the water is unbelievably nice and clean here. And now that it is maintained as a Park, the area is very clean, with the exception of the few little sections where careless hikers leave garbage, but over all, this would be paradise in the summer time. The view is totally awesome!

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The above three images were taken from just standing in one spot on the beach, using a 300mm telephoto to shoot from. Not much flat land here.

Gruchy Beach is part of the delta of Williams Creek that flow into the northern end of Lakelse Lake, see this web link from the BC Provincial Parks website.

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A neat looking tree growing along Williams Creek, along the trail that leads to Gruchy Beach.The trail is in pretty good condition, even considering that there was huge rain storm just a few weeks before, and some sections were washed out. Over all the trail was good enough that you only need running shoes, and I never got a soker–not once. 🙂

One day I shall return to enjoy a summer’s day of hiking, swimming and sun-bathing along the beach here.

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