Trailhead Location: Approximately 251 kilometers from Williams
Highway 20, Eagle Lake Road, Tatlayoko Lake Rd, Main FSR, ranch access
road, and trailhead access path: about 210 km from Williams Lake on
Highway 20 to Eagle Lake Road (turn left), then 16 km to Tatlayoko Lake
Rd (turn left), then 20.5 km km to Main FSR (take the road on the left), then
3.2 km to ranch access road (turn right), then 440 meters to trailhead
access path (turn left), then several hundred meters to the trailhead.
and mountain views, shade in the forest, fairly easy trail, the ability
to bike for the first several kilometers.
tricky creek crossings, the trail can be hard to follow, some bugs, the
trail at times is narrow and next to steep drop-offs. Hiking poles and
boots are recommended.
Tatlayoko Lake is very large, and is located off BC Highway 20, South of
the settlement of Tatla Lake. Backroad Mapbook shows that there is also
a trail on the West side of Tatlayoko Lake, and informs that it just
might be possible to hike around the entire lake. We did not hike that
far today. In fact, based on the Backroad Mapbook software in our GPS,
there were still nearly 10 km left of Tatlayoko East trail, by the time
we decided to head back after hiking for about 5 kilometers. This trail
does have some good views, but it looks like the best lake and mountain
views can be observed even before you get to the trailhead. So, unless
there is something majestic waiting on the South side of Tatlayoko Lake,
consider this trail to be a pleasant hike in a forest.
1. To get to Tatlayoko Lake East trail, take either Eagle Lake Road (if
driving West on Highway 20), or Tatlayoko Lake Road (if driving East),
and head South. Please, see our
previous trip report (Crazy reek Trail Hike) for directions on how
to get from Highway 20 to Tatlayoko Lake Road via Eagle Lake Road. Here
we are by Snoring Horse Ranch on Tatlayoko Lake Road, 6.7 km after it
meets Eagle Lake Road. This is the same photo as photo #8 of the
previous trip report.
2. Keep going straight on Tatlayoko Lake Road, and you would reach
Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site in 13.1 kilometers past the Snoring Horse
Ranch access road. Coordinates:
N 51’38’349 W
124’23’334. Elevation: 845 meters.
Tatlayoko Lake Road at Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site
3. We spent the next two nights at Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site. There
are six camping spots there, very well spaced out, with lots of shade.
Mosquitoes are a bit of an issue.
Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site
4. Check out the view of Tatlayoko Lake from the boat launch on the
right side of the recreation site, if facing from the road.
5. We headed further on Tatlayoko Lake Road, and, in just over a
kilometer, there is Tatlayoko Lake Community Area, with this fine view.
Tatlayoko Lake Community Area
6. It's about 5.2 kilometers from Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site to
Tatlayoko Lake East trailhead. In 1.5 kilometers past the recreation
site, the road splits, as seen in the photo below. Take the left road
(indicated as Main FSR in our GPS with Backroad Mapbook software). The
sign says that "Bracewell's Wilderness (lodge)" is that way. If you were
to take the road on the right (the continuation of Tatlayoko Lake Road),
it would end several kilometers later at the entrance to a ranch.
7. Here is Main FSR after the split.
8-9. A pleasant surprise was meeting a juvenile red fox on the side of
11. About 3.2 km after the split seen in photo #6, make a sharp right
turn onto a ranch access road. It would eventually lead to the back of
apparently the same ranch, which front entrance ends Tatlayoko Lake
12. Ranch access road after the right turn.
13. Approximately 440 meters later, there is a not-very-obvious path in
the grass to your left. We are actually facing the other way to make it
more clear to see. Coordinates:
N 51’36’535 W
124’22’939. Elevation: 868 meters. Most vehicles would easily make it
from Highway 20 up to this point.
14. Here we are at the beginning of the grass path - Tatlayoko Lake East
trailhead is several hundred meters ahead.
15. And here it is - the red sign on the very left side of the photo
states: ESHT East Side Heritage Trail. This is the only sign anywhere
for this trail that we could find.
16. We did not realize at first that "East Side Heritage Trail" and
"Tatlayoko East Trail" is the same thing, and decided to take a path on
the right side of the open area seen in the photo above.
17-19. The path, which was several hundred meters long, turned out to be
quite steep near the lake (only capable 4x4 vehicles or ATVs would make
it back), and it lead to a picnic area with very good views. The beach
was made of small stones.