With a Reserve on the east end, private ranch lands on the south side, and some private homes on the west end, there is limited access to the hills around Neskonlith Lake (except with permission), but the McGillivray Forest Service Road climbs into the hills on the northwest side and a rough road winds along the north side of the lake. From these roads, we can climb over rocky hills for viewpoints and to find early wildflower displays. Yellow glacier lilies are abundant in the hills in April.
From a viewpoint higher on the McGillivray Forest Service Road, the burn from 2003 was below and above. The fire climbed all the way to close to McGillivray Lake, 8 km north and 1000m higher. There was snow and ice on the road past the 4 km mark so I turned around there, but noted two side roads to explore later in the spring.
No map is provided this time since there are some land access permission issues in the area. For anyone wanting to visit the area, wait for the provincial park to open, or drive up the McGillivray FSR to explore the hills above Neskonlith Lake.