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South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park
About This Park
South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park is a visually spectacular area with mid elevation grasslands, sub alpine and alpine meadows, alpine lakes and mountain peaks. The park encompasses the complete watersheds of Lizard and Leckie Creeks and significant portions of other large intact watersheds and headwaters.
There are broad valleys and ridges with interconnecting trail systems. Over 200 km of trails through broad valleys, alpine meadows and ridges offer an excellent variety of loop trips of varying difficulty and distances for hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Visitors to this park will have an outstanding wilderness experience.
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and viewing spectacular mountain scenery are the main activities here, as well as wildlife viewing, fishing and skiing in winter.
- Trail Summary [PDF] (January 2, 2020)
Know Before You Go
- Persons visiting South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a wilderness area, without staffed facilities or regular ranger patrols. Visitors should be self-sufficient and ready for any type of weather conditions. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and storms with snow are common at higher elevations in the summer.
- Encounters with grizzly bears are not uncommon in the park. Visitors should make their presence known while they travel through the park and follow proper food preparation and storage procedures.
- Visitor Information [PDF] about South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park.
- Trail Information [PDF] in South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park.
- Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers use this area. Park visitors should familiarize themselves with proper trail etiquette when there are multiple trail users. Cyclists yield to all other trail users and hikers yield to horses.
- In consideration of wildlife & safety hazards related to bears, dogs should not be taken into the park.
- Please keep to the established trails, especially in the grassland and alpine areas.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. Water is available from the numerous lakes, streams and creeks. Visitors should filter, boil or treat the water prior to consuming.
- Off-road vehicle use in the park is prohibited.
If you have visited the South Chilcotin Mountains Park, we would appreciate if you could please complete an online comment form. This will allow park managers to obtain valuable information from those who have experienced the area.
Note: This form is not for providing input to the management planning process. Separate web sites and links for that purpose have been established (Planning – BC Parks – Province of British Columbia).
Location and Maps
This park lies approximately 150 km north of Whistler and 95 km west of Lillooet. Access from Pemberton is via the Hurley Forest Service Road to Gold Bridge (this road climbs steeply to 1,850 metres and can be very rough) or from Lillooet along Carpenter Lake on Hwy 40.
To access the Jewel Bridge trail head, take the Slim Creek FSR (about 7 km east of Gold Bridge on Hwy 40), off Hwy 40 and head generally north for approximately 12km to the start of the Gun Creek/Spruce Lake Trail at Jewel Creek. Alternatively, visitors can drive to Gun Lake and access this logging road at the east end of the lake. The park may also be accessed by the southeast and east sides via logging and mining roads. Many of these roads require a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Maps and Brochures
- Park Map [PDF]
- Park Map – Georeferenced [PDF] – can be downloaded and used in mapping applications on your mobile device. Do not rely on this map as your sole reference for navigation
- There is an accurate map available for South Chilcotin Mountains Park, the Southern Chilcotin Mountains Trail Map (ISBN 0-9738679-0-6) is available from various outdoor sports stores and local businesses.
Activities Available at this Park
South Chilcotin Mountains Park provides some of the best mountain biking experiences in BC with great single track trails throughout the park. Note that there are steep, muddy and or rocky sections on all trails. Mountain bikers must yield to hikers and horses. When meeting horses, dismount and wait on the downhill side of the trail. When catching up to a string, be patient – the riders will pull aside at the first location that has sufficient room to let you by.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
- Trail Summary [PDF] (January 2, 2020)
Several companies have permits to operate guided hiking trips in the park. Additional information »
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but facilities are only provided in a few locations. There are seven areas in the park that are designated wilderness backcountry sites. These sites are user maintained. Some, but not all sites provide a rustic picnic table and pit toilet. These sites are at the following locations:
- North end of Spruce Lake
- South end of Spruce Lake
- Gun Creek Grassland (Cowboy Camp)
- Hummingbird Lake
- Trigger Lake
- Jewel Bridge
- Tyaughton Creek Trail @ WD Crossing
All sites are well treed and provide an opportunity to cache food. There are no designated backcountry camping sites in alpine areas. Visitors should practice no-impact camping.