Trip 119 - September 8, 2016 (Thursday)

Watson Lake Trail Hike

Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace BC


Trailhead Location:
Off BC Highway 16, approximately 55 kilometers East of the City of Terrace.

Liked: Mountain viewpoint, moss-covered forest floor.

Of note: Some moderately steep (though short) stretches. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 34 (Kitwanga) D4. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Trip Report: Whiskey Creek Trail Hike (also in Seven Sisters Provincial Park).

Related Website: Seven Sisters Provincial Park - BC Parks.

Watson Lake trail is located in Seven Sisters Provincial Park. It's a short and pleasant trail, leading past two small lakes to Watson Lake, which is annually stocked. Watson Lake near Terrace should not be confused with the town of Watson Lake located in Yukon.

1. We are Eastbound on BC Highway 16, with Watson Lake trailhead turnoff seen ahead. Turnoff coordinates: N 54'52'446 W 128'22'545. Elevation: 183 meters.


BC Highway 16 at Watson Lake trail turnoff

2. The road after the turn. Nice and smooth.


Road to Watson Lake trailhead near Terrace BC Canada

3. Seven hundred meters later, we are at the trailhead. Coordinates: N 54'52'113 W 128'22'226. Elevation: 213 meters.


Watson Lake trailhead near Terrace British Columbia Canada

4. There is a map of the trail by the trail start.


Watson Lake trailhead in the vicinity of Terrace BC

5. Here it is.


Watson Lake trail map near Terrace BC Canada

6. The trail begins.


Watson Lake trail by Terrace BC Canada

7. One of the few moderately steep but short stretches on Watson Lake trail.


Watson Lake trail near Terrace British Columbia

8. The most impressive view arrives within 15 minutes from the start of the trail.


View from Watson Lake trial in Seven Sisters Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

9. Several minutes later, the trail splits, with a short trail on the right leading to the first small lake and a camping spot.


Watson Lake trail - first lake

10. View of the first lake.


Lake by Watson Lake trail near Terrace BC Canada

11. We are now continuing towards Watson Lake. The second lake appeared briefly on the right side, but we kept going. This forest features a neat moss in many places.


Watson Lake Trail in Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace British Columbia

12. It took less than an hour of hiking to get to Watson Lake.


Watson Lake by Terrace BC Canada

13. It's hardly spectacular, but has lots of space for many fishermen.


Watson Lake BC Canada

14. We then kept going around the lake.


Watson Lake Trail Seven Sisters Provincial Park

15. Passing by some debris.

16. And here is a good camping spot, where we ended our hike. Coordinates: N 54'52'859 W 128'21'652. Elevation: 375 meters.


Camping area by Watson Lake in Seven Sisters Provincial Park near Terrace BC

17. View of Watson Lake from the camping spot.


Watson Lake British Columbia Canada

Watson Lake trail does not offer much past the mountain viewpoint, unless you plan on fishing and/or camping, or just want a relaxing hike.


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