The Trophy Mountains rise 2,575 metres into the sky, with nine peaks towering over the Shuswap Highlands of Southern Wells Gray Provincial Park. Their northern slopes are steep and cloaked in glaciers while their southern slopes are gentle and dotted with alpine lakes and flower meadows. The Trophy Mountain meadows are one of the most easily accessible sub-alpine meadows in B.C. The area offers opportunities for hiking, backcountry overnight and day trips, camping, photography and nature appreciation and alpine ski touring and snowshoeing in the winter.
Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry. The hiker must be in good physical condition, properly equipped, and prepared to be totally self-sufficient. Take adequate clothing: high elevation weather is subject to change without notice, and Wells Gray’s mountains can receive snow 12 months of the year.
Known as The Waterfall Park for good reason, streams and rivers have waterfalls of varying sizes – never boat, canoe, raft or kayak without learning first where the pull-outs are.
Trophy Mountain trail is usually open from late June until early October yearly.
Open fires are not permitted; carry a backpacking stove.
Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
The Trophy Mountain addition to Wells Gray Provincial Park was formerly contained within the Wellesley Gray Recreation Area. It was converted to a park in April 1996 as a result of the recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
An abandoned cabin in the southwest sector dates to a 1950s sheep grazing operation. An abandoned prospecting camp site on the north side of Trophy Mountain provides evidence of former exploration activity. Trails lead into the subalpine meadows.
Aboriginal campsites and other archaeological sites may exist in the area, but have not as yet been accurately identified.
The site contains a range of nine typically rounded peaks which show evidence of volcanic activity, including the existence of small lava balls within explosion fissures (the “Thunder Eggs”). The area contains over 45 sub-alpine lakes and tarns characteristic of the alpine terrain, with forest cover of essentially spruce-subalpine fir. The area protects a large variety of plant species, with flower displays unparalleled within Wells Gray or the Cariboo Mountains. The area also protects habitat for winter grounds of the woodland caribou herd, as well as mule, whitetail deer, black and grizzly bear, moose, Grouse and Ptarmigan.
Approximately 6934 ha