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.
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 for better views.
27. It's very steep out there, and the stones are
loose, so hiking boots and poles are essential.
Mountain by Bootski Lake near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
28. View to the left as we climb. You can see the
trailhead where a road branches off the Wapiti FSR (which goes along the
mountain), and goes towards us in the middle-right of the photo.
Wapiti FSR seen from the mountain by Bootski Lake
29. Looking back at the alpine. We came from the
Alpine area by Bootski Lake in Northeastern British Columbia Canada
30. Looking to the right.
31. Almost there.
32. Twenty-five minutes of huffing and puffing, and we
are on top.
Coordinates: N 54'34'245 W 120'39'598. Elevation: 1,952
meters. Bootski Lake trail brochure from WNMS lists this as a 1955 m
peak. You actually need to slightly descend the first peak, then climb
the second peak, and only then walk on an even narrower ledge to see
Bootski Lake from above. We are still at the first peak here.
33. Great view to the left.
Mountains near Bootski Lake British Columbia Canada
34. And a narrow ledge ahead. Avoid, if wet or windy.
35. Getting closer.
36. What a view to the right!
View near Bootski Lake Province of BC Canada
37. A long way down.
38. At long last, Bootski Lake. We did get a bit
closer than that, but even with a very light wind it was quite
unsettling to be on that ledge.
Bootski Lake British Columbia Canada
39. Now heading back. View of the first peak from the
second. By the way, there appears to be an easy descent route between
the two peaks. However, the bottom part of that descent is much steeper
than the ascent route of the first peak which we took, so we didn't take
any chances and returned the same way.
1955 m peak near Bootski Lake
40. Descended the mountain, turned left, and headed
towards the lake.
41. Here it is.
Coordinates: N 54'34'216 W 120'40'365.
Elevation: 1,361 meters. Despite the super-steep appearance of
the walls behind the lake, it's quite possible to get up to "the saddle"
and see the lake from above even better than from the mountain.
42. The view of Bootski Lake from "the saddle."
Bootski Lake near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
43. Looking behind from "the saddle".
44. Back at Bootski Lake.
45. Now heading back. Another awesome view.
46. And here are the two peaks we climbed to look at
the lake from above. We started the climb on the left side of the left
Mountains by Bootski Lake
47. Going through the alpine again.
48. A pair of mountain birds hanged out in the area.
49. There is also a cross in the alpine. Since there
was no plaque or anything, we couldn't tell if it's there to commemorate
a person for whom Bootski Lake was their last hike, but it's quite
Cross in the alpine by Bootski Lake near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
It took us 2 hours and 20 minutes to return from the
lake to the trailhead. Bootski Lake trail/route features excellent
views, and is definitely highly recommended.
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