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A gorgeous 17.5 km hike through the South Chilcotin Mountains.
Round trip: 17.5 kilometres
Elevation gain: 1,090 metres
Location: South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park (north of Gold Bridge)
Take a hike on the High Trail to experience a corner of this backcountry paradise in the Coast Mountains.
Set off from the Gun Creek logging road near Tyaughton Lake. Stick with the old mining road as it heads northwest, steadily gains elevation, and encounters clear-cuts, crosses streams and passes a park boundary marker.
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Going left at the signed junction, say hello to lovely single-track and the wildflower meadows and ore-stained mountains of the Pearson Creek basin. Turn right on the Taylor-Pearson Trail in the subalpine meadows. Keep an eye out for spruce grouse.
Ascend northwest and up a dirt track to the otherworldly Camel Pass. The Chilcotin Ranges surround you, Harris Ridge and Taylor Peak are nearby high points and Nea Peak rises across the basin. Return the way you came.
Stephen Hui is the author of Best Hikes and Nature Walks With Kids In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, a new guide to 55 hiking trails in B.C. and Washington.
His first two books, 105 Hikes and Destination Hikes, were #1 B.C. bestsellers.
Learn more: 105hikes.com
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