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Bailey’s Chute

It was a pleasant evening under a starry night with some beers by the campfire. After breakfast Eric gets some tips about interesting hiking trails from a park ranger. The first one is the Dragon’s Tongue right opposite of the campground entrance. The trail goes straight up a hill and keeps on climbing through dense forest for most of the time. So my bear-alert is on! At the end of the path should be some lava fields but the route was not very clear, in short: we didn’t see any lava (maybe it is overgrown with bushes?). After stumbling back down again the next stop was Bailey’s Chute, a loop of about 4 kilometers along the river and passing a viewing platform. Here, in the right season, you can see salmon jump against the Chute. We actually did see one fish trying to jump up, but he (or she) did not look successful. We are to late in the season to see more salmon. Our third trail for the day is at Ray Farm. This was an actual farm where John and Alice Ray had a family homestead and raised their children. Now the buildings are run down and John and Alice are even buried there. During the walk you pass another viewing platform this time for looking at mineral springs and not trampling all over and through them. Our last two stop in the park are at Helmcken Falls and at Dawson Falls. The first is a 140 meter high waterfall, pretty impressive! Dawson Falls is a bit less spectacular but still worth a stop.

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Bailey’s Chute
Bailey’s Chute
Bailey’s Chute
Bailey’s Chute
Bailey’s Chute
Bailey’s Chute
Rays Farm
Rays Farm
Rays Farm
Rays Farm
Rays Farm minerals
Rays Farm minerals
Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls
Dawson Falls
Dawson Falls
Wells Gray Provincal Park
photo by: marg_eric