Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 87 kilometers Southeast of the town of Tumbler Ridge off
Mountain and lake views, few bugs. The
access road is quite smooth until the last 12 kilometers, but is
passable in a medium-clearance 2WD vehicle all the way to the trailhead.
Remote wilderness area, some parts of the
trail are steep, several creek crossings required, the lake could be
somewhat difficult to find, the last 12 kilometers of the access road
are full of large potholes, hiking
boots and poles are highly recommended (or essential, if you decide to
climb the mountain by the lake). The mountain by the lake is for
experienced and properly equipped hikers only - avoid the final narrow
ledge if windy or wet.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Page 29 (Monkman Provincial Park) G1.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Trail Hike, Windfall
Lake Trail Hike,
Stone Corral Trail Hike,
Bergeron Cliffs Trail
Hike, Bergeron Falls,
Nesbitt's Knee Falls,
Titanic Trail Hike,
Boulder Gardens Route
Town of Tumbler Ridge,
WNMS Bootski Lake Hiking Route Brochure (PDF file).
Bootski Lake trail is located off Wapiti Forest
Service Road, which branches off Ojay Forest Service Road, which starts
off Highway 52E approximately 71 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge
in Northeastern British Columbia. The trail is steep at times, but leads
to great views, especially if you are experienced and equipped enough to
climb the mountain near the lake.
1. We start with the photo of the Tumbler Ridge area
map, which used to be located next to an old visitor centre in Tumbler
Ridge. The red arrow shows the turnoff from Highway 52E onto Ojay FSR,
and the yellow arrow shows the Bootski Lake trailhead.
Tumbler Ridge BC area map
2. Here is that turnoff from Highway 52E onto Ojay
FSR. It is located just over kilometer past the turnoff to Kinuseo FSR,
which we covered in our previous trip report. Please, note that on many
maps Ojay FSR is still listed as Wapiti FSR, but the name has changed,
and Wapiti FSR is now the road which branches off Ojay FSR at the 25 km
BC Highway 52E turnoff to Ojay Forest Service Road
3. Ojay Forest Service Road. Stay right at the split
at 7.3 km mark (not pictured).
Ojay Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
4. At the 25.0 km mark, take the road to the right
(this is the beginning of Wapiti FSR).
Ojay FSR split with Wapiti FSR
5. At the 5.0 km mark, right after Wapiti West recreation site, there is
Bridge on Wapiti Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
6. The bridge features a neat view to the right.
View from the bridge on Wapiti FSR
7. One of the many potholes on Wapiti Forest Service Road.
Wapiti Forest Service Road Northeastern British Columbia Canada
8. An abandoned shack is located on the left side of Wapiti FSR at the
5.7 km mark.
Shack off Wapiti FSR
9. Inside the shack.
Inside the shack off Wapiti Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge BC
10. At around the 10.7 k mark, a great mountain view serves as a sign of
things to come for Bootski Lake trail hikers.
Mountain View from Wapiti FSR
11. The turnoff to Bootski Lake trailhead is on the right side at the
12.0 km mark.
Wapiti FSR at Bootski Lake trailhead
12. The trail starts right after the turnoff.
Coordinates: N 54'35'212 W
120'37'398. Elevation: 1,261 meters. If you have an
ATV and the
creeks ahead are not in flood, you may drive much further.
Bootski Lake trailhead Northeastern British Columbia Canada
13. The first creek crossing soon after the start of the hike.
Creek crossing Bootski Lake trail
14. The second, much larger creek crossing, follows shortly thereafter.
We managed to hop on stones, but wading would be the only option, if the
water level is higher.
Large creek crossing Bootski Lake Province of BC Canada
15. Fifty minutes into the hike, the hiking trail makes a right turn
seen on the photo below.
Coordinates: N 54'35'254 W 120'38'973.
Elevation: 1,441 meters.
Bootski Lake trail
16. The view immediately after the turn.
Bootski Lake trail near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
17. This is where things start getting steep (not yet).
Bootski Lake trail
18. You hike through a burned forest...
20. And then through an unburned forest again.
21. Getting closer to the alpine.
22. One hour and forty-five minutes into the hike, we are nearly at the
alpine. Remember the stones seen on the far end of the photo below. This
is your landmark for getting back into the forest - route marks in the
alpine are not very plentiful, and it's a rather large (though
uncomplicated) alpine area.
Coordinates for the stones (cairn): N
54'34'887 W 120'39'571. Elevation: 1,732 meters.
23. Make a sharp left upon reaching those stones, walk a bit further...
24. And here is the alpine, with a great mountain view straight ahead.
Coordinates: N 54'34'817 W 120'39'668. Elevation: 1,784 meters.
Mountain View Bootski Lake trail
25. Looking back to where we came from. The trailhead is more to the
right, and is not seen on the photo below.
26. We had a hard time finding the lake. It turns out that it's located
at the approximately 10 o-clock position once you get to the alpine. On
the photo below the lake would be under the smaller mountain (in the far
middle of the photo) surrounded by larger mountains.
27. So, we decided to climb the mountain seen on the left side of the
photo above. We started the ascent on the left side, and ended up on the far right
side of the mountain, from where we could finally see the lake.
Our Bootski Lake trail hike report
Continues on Page 2.