Off BC Highway 20,
approximately 40 km West of the town of Anahim Lake.
access to alpine, numerous excellent mountain and lake/pond views.
trail goes through unstable burned trees for the first 3 kilometers,
many brooks in sub-alpine, some wet and muddy areas in sub-alpine, many
mosquitoes in sub-alpine, loose rocks and sand on mountains in the alpine.
Hiking boots and poles are recommended in the forest, highly recommended
in sub-alpine, and are essential in the alpine. The alpine is vast, so a GPS
would be very helpful.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition)
Coordinates: Page 37 (South
Tweedsmuir Prov Park) G6.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park South - BC Parks Official Site.
Related Trip Report:
BC Highway 20 (Williams Lake to Bella Coola).
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is located in the Central Coast part of
British Columbia, and is simply enormous. Highway 20 runs through this
park, and provides an easy access to some of its trails. Rainbow Range
Trail allows for a quick access to the alpine area, where the hiking
possibilities are nearly endless. We hiked for about 33
kilometers in total today, and saw many fine views.
1. We are Westbound on Highway 20, about 35 kilometers past the town of
Anahim Lake, and are entering Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
BC Highway 20 West at Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Entrance
2-3. Just over 6 kilometers later, a right turn would lead to a short
access road to Rainbow
Range parking area. Coordinates:
N 52’31’965 W
125’48’805. Elevation: 1,487 meters.
BC Highway 20 West at Rainbow Range Trail Access Road Turnoff
4. Several hundred meters later, the parking lot is on the right side.
N 52⁰32.099' W 125⁰48.889'. Elevation:
Rainbow Range Trail Parking Area Tweedsmuir Provincial Park British
5. Information board at the parking lot has a map of the local trails.
We have placed a red square over the Rainbow Range Trail, and a blue
arrow indicates the approximate direction of our travel once we got to
sub-alpine. We somewhat paralleled Octopus Lake Trail during our hike.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Trails Map
6. Walk for about a hundred meters past the parking lot - the trailhead
is just behind the gate.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
7. And here is the trailhead, on the left side. Rainbow Range, Octopus
Lake, and Crystal Lake trails all start here.
Rainbow Range Trailhead, Octopus Lake Trailhead, Crystal Lake Trailhead
8. In just over 300 meters, Rainbow Range Trail is to the right, and the
other two trails keep going straight.
BC Hiking - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hike
9. For the first 2.8 kilometers, Rainbow Range Trail goes through a
Hiking in BC - Rainbow Range Trail Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
10. Be careful, as the burned trees are quite unstable.
Burned Trees in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
11. Eventually, the burned forest ends, and it's a normal hike in the
woods. The elevation change is quite gentle, with no overly steep
British Columbia Hiking - Rainbow Range Trail Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
12. As you are hiking through the forest, there are two picturesque
lakes to be viewed. Here is the first one, at about the 3 km mark of the
Lake by Rainbow Range Trail in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - BC Hike
13. The second lake arrives 1.2 kilometers later.
Rainbow Range Trail Lake View - BC Hiking
14. It's a very pleasant-looking path.
Hiking in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - Rainbow Range Trail
15. Some stone-hopping is required, but nothing too complicated.
Rainbow Range Hike - Trail in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
16. Rainbow Range Trail ends 5.6 km after the start, and you enter the
sub-alpine. Fine mountain views appear right away.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hiking
17. Now with a slight zoom.
Mountains in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park BC Canada
18. The path is still obvious for the next 2-3 kilometers, but then all
but disappears, so take note of this large cairn, located 300 meters
from the end of Rainbow Range Trail. Coordinates:
N 52⁰34.252' W 125⁰50.114'. Elevation:
1,766 meters (264 meters elevation gain from the parking lot).
Cairn in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - hiking in British Columbia
19. We planned on climbing one of the mountains seen in the photo above,
so started heading towards them. Very good views as we hike.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
20. The path was still here, but not for much longer, so a GPS proved
BC Hiking in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Our Rainbow Range hike report
Continues on Page 2.
Trip 161 -
Rainbow Range Trail
Provincial Park - South)
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