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Wells Gray Park: Trophy Mountain


Backcountry camping

Sheila Lake has six tent pads for use by backcountry campers. There is a pit toilet and bear caches provided at the lake. Backcountry camping is free in the Trophy Mountains, however, please limit use to the tent pads provided due to the fragile nature of this environment. The tent pads are equipped with fixtures for securing tents, please be aware that tents may require longer guy lines to reach these fixtures.

Campfires are not permitted in backcountry alpine areas of the park.
Picnic areas
This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or flush toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.

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 conditions and updates will be posted on the Wells Gray Park page under the Advisories and Hiking sections.

Hiking trail

From the parking lot a gently ascending trail takes you on a relaxed 45-minute, 1km hike to the sub-alpine meadows of the Trophy Mountains. The elevation gain is only 200 metres.

Trail conditions and updates will be posted on the main Wells Gray page under the Attention Visitor Notice.

The trail winds its way through an old-growth forest of fragrant Engelmann spruce and sub-alpine fir. The small size of these 250 year old trees attests to the harsh living conditions at this altitude.

The trail passes several small streams before breaking out into the open expanses of the sub-alpine meadow. In July and August, the endless saves of vibrant-coloured wildflowers make this one of them most popular hikes in the area.

From the meadow, the trail continues a further 1.25 hours across lichen encrusted rocks to Sheila Lake. The trail ends at the lake, however an additional hour of uphill climbing will get you to the panoramic views of Skyline Ridge (12 km round trip from the parking lot). 

Because these ridges are over 2,500 metres, weather can change quickly. Therefore, you should be sure to carry a topographic map, compass, warm clothing, and extra food. Maps can be purchased at the Wells Gray Visitor Centre.

This park also offers guided hiking tours. Contact BC Parks for more information.


There are fishing opportunities in the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Some trails are open to mountain bike use and are signed within the park. No cycling is permitted on Trophy Mountain trail.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Wells Gray Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.