Microwave 'JE Cabin' Emergency Shelter and 'Glover Cabin' the original shelter on the Microwave Plateau
The Microwave and Sinclair are side by side and not for the faint at heart. An easy seven-kilometre ride from the parking lot takes sledders to the JE shelter, and from there it just gets better. Easy and boondocking “whoopty-dos” lead out to the Sun Pit, where wild bowls, steep climbs, and hills and valleys can keep you busy for days. Get ready for tight, ungroomed trails through the trees and as much hillclimbing as you can handle. The area is marked using the Avalanche Terrain Evaluation System (ATES), so be sure to check out the conditions before heading out—and use the beacon checkers.
Driving directions to staging area: Head 14 kilometres east of Smithers to the community of Telkwa. Drive to 5 km on the Telkwa River Forest Service Road and watch for the parking lot. Access via Pine Creek, from downtown Smithers, drive north up the Ski Hill Road, turn left on McDonnell Lake FSR and staging area is at 3km. McDonnell Lake FSR is an active haul road, so slow down and watch for other road users!
Elevation: 5,055 feet
Distance from Smithers: 33 kilometres
Grooming season: December to April (to the JE shelter only)
Difficulty level: Moderate to experienced
Be considerate and respectful to others. Behave accordingly.
This is a NO SMOKING facility.
Do not split firewood inside.
Do not leave any garbage or unused food behind. It will attract rodents and other
wildlife. IF YOU PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!
Only use emergency equipment if it is an urgent situation.
Leave this facility in better condition than when you arrived.
from the Smithers Snowmobile Association
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