Natural wonders near Clearwater
"The Natural Rock Bridge."
Located a few feet off the road near Coldscaur Lake, about 29 km from Clearwater, this amazing formation is on Mann Creek. The rock bridge spans about 20 feet of the creek. This shows it during high water. It's taken tens of thousands of years to create this wonder of geology.
"Basaltic lava cliffs, Clearwater Valley, Spahats"
Basalt cliffs were the result of numerous volcanic eruptions eons ago in this part of BC. Most recently, about 500,000 years ago but stretch back more than 200 million years. Several layers can be seen resulting from successive eruptions and lava flows. The deepest deposits are more than 2000 feet thick in some places. The bare lava is a dark grey or slightly brownish colour. Some of the reddish orange colours are the result of lichens growing on them or iron oxide. This shows the detail of the layers in the Spahats Creek canyon.
Pine and spruce needles cover the forest floor at Coldscaur Lake campground
Spruce trees covered with "Old Man's Beard" Lichens