routes described here are not necessarily ready for usage.
is required using these trails as they are often being upgraded.
Read the following notes carefully
Prepare yourself for
entering the backcountry. Backcountry backpacking experience is
essential. Expect sudden weather changes including fog and snow,
especially at the higher elevations. Also, watch for bears and other
wildlife. Bug repellent is a real asset. Ground conditions can be very
boggy -- waterproof boots are a must. Grizzly bears are known to
frequent the area through which the trail passes. Winter conditions
apply from near the end of October to the end of June. Check with
for conditions in this area.
Please note that it has been reported to us that due to the Fall/03
major rainstorm a severe slide has obliterated a section of the Snass
Trail (West to East) (This
could well become the preferred TCT route for hikers and equestrians)
follow the Silver/Skagit Road south to the entrance of the Skagit River
Trail, on your left, just over the 26-Mile Bridge.
(Work is being done to reestablish the
off-road Centennial Trail on this route.)
The well-serviced Silvertip campground and the day parking area is just
before the bridge.
Skagit River Trail
(14 km) to Sumallo Grove (find Skagit Trail
on BC Parks site)
Also described at
Skagit Valley Recreation Area site
The Skagit Map.
It is part of the Old Whatcom Trail
- . The special features along this
trail include the Skagit River itself, wild rhododendrons, black
cottonwoods, ponderosa pine and old-growth forest.
If the entrance of the trail
is flooded, it is possible to get around the flooding by going 100 to
150 metres further south on the Silver/Skagit Road and follow flagging
back to the main trail. Care should be taken to stay on the Skagit River
Trail and not the Centennial Trail at about 20 minutes into the trail.
The Delacey wilderness
campground is along the way.
Rhododendron Flats Trail
A trail connection still has
to be constructed between Sumallo Grove the Rhododendron Flats trail
system to the Cascade Trailhead. For now the easiest route is to follow
#3 Highway and watch for an entrance to your left to the Cascade
Snass Creek Trail
(11.5 km) to the Divide at the Snass View
Manning Provincial Park Dewdney Trail
Start at the Cascade
Trailhead in Manning Park east of Rhododendron Flats. Stay on the
Dewdney Trail which follows Snass Creek. Ignore signs to the Whatcom
Trail. Until the trail is upgraded, be prepared to crash through high
underbrush for about 3 km past Dry Lake. Wear long pants, long sleeves,
and waterproof boots.
At the Divide the Tulameen
flows north and the Snass flows south.
Paradise Valley Trail from Divide to Ranger Station
Stay on the Dewdney Trail by
turning northeast 1 km past Snass View Campground. It follows on the
west side and the be
One can also camp on the
Ranger Station grounds and if you are lucky the volunteer trail stewards
(backcountry horsemen at this time) may invite you to stay inside if
they are at the site.
Blackeyes/Whatcom Trail to Wells Lake from Ranger Station
Note: an alternative that
allows the trekker to experience high alpine meadows and great views is
to reach Wells Lake via Paddy's Pond and Granite Mountain, an extra 10
km and 100 m (1000 feet) in elevation. It is the continuation of the
Check at the Ranger Station
for the condition of the Blackeyes Trail. It is subject to a lot of
windfalls. The Blackeyes Trail is part of the Whatcom Trail to Wells
Lake. Do not cross theTulameen River on the Dewdney Trail. Stay on the
west side of the Tulameen River until Blackeyes/Whatcom Trail crosses it
a little further on.
A serviced forestry
campground is available at Wells Lake.
Whatcom/Blackeyes/HBC Trail to Lodestone Lake from Wells Lake
This alpine meadows trail is
an extremely pleasant trek. A serviced forestry campground is available
at Lodestone Lake.
Lodestone Lake to Coalmont Trail
Follow the forest road.
Hopefully, one day, the HBC/Blackeyes Trail to Tulameen will be
reopened. Failing that, there are opportunities to upgrade existing
trails to Coalmont.
||570 m (1870 ft)
|Skagit River Trail
||675 m (2220 ft)
||105 m (350 ft) up
|Rhododendron Flats Trail
||770 m (2525 ft)
||105 m (350 ft) up
|Snass Creek (Dewdney) Trail
||1400 m (4600 ft)
||630 m (2075 ft) up
|Paradise Valley Trail from Divide to Ranger Station
||1370 m (4500 ft)
||30 m (100 ft) dn
|Blackeyes/Whatcom Trail to Wells
Lake from Ranger Station
||1580 m (5200 ft)
||210 m (700 ft) up
|Whatcom/Blackeyes/HBC Trail to
||1860 m (6100 ft) - 1830 m (6000 ft)
at the lake
||280 m (900 ft) up
|Lodestone Lake to Coalmont Trail
||730 m (2400 ft)
||1100 m (3600) dn
Facilities and Staging areas (Parking)
Other than the ones described above,
there are major campsites in Manning Park and a Provincial Campground in
Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, other
Coalmont Hotel in Coalmont
BC Outdoor Recreation
Horsemen of BC
Federation of Mountain Clubs
Cascade Recreation Area