Trip 161 - July 15, 2019 (Monday)

Rainbow Range Trail Hike

Off BC Highway 20 in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - South

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Trailhead Location: Off BC Highway 20, approximately 40 km West of the town of Anahim Lake.

Liked: Easy access to alpine, numerous excellent mountain and lake/pond views.

Of Note: The 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 alpine. Hiking boots and poles are recommended in the forest, highly recommended in sub-alpine, and are essential in alpine. The alpine is vast, so a GPS would be very helpful.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 37 (South Tweedsmuir Prov Park) G6.

Related Website: Tweedsmuir Provincial Park South - BC Parks Official Site.

Related Trip Report: 130 - 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 hiking possibilities and nearly endless. We ended up hiking for about 33 kilometers today, and saw many fine views.

21. There are many great-looking lakes and ponds in Rainbow Range sub-alpine area. The ground in sub-alpine may be wet or marshy due to all the ponds and brooks.


BC Hike - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

22. We are still heading towards the mountains we saw at the end of the actual trail.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Rainbow Range Area - BC Hiking

23. Another fine lake.


Hiking in BC - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

24. We planned on climbing the mountain on the left.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Rainbow Range Sub-Alpine Area - Hiking in British Columbia

25. Here is where it got marshy due to all the brooks.


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26. Yet another pretty lake in Rainbow Range sub-alpine area.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hiking British Columbia Canada

27. Suddenly, we saw a colourful mountain straight ahead.


Rainbow Range Area - BC Hiking - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

28. This sure looked interesting.


Colourful Mountain Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hiking in British Columbia Canada

Here is a video of the views from approximately this spot.

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29. We then decided to take a better look at the colourful mountain, and started heading that way. The plan was to hike on top of the ridge (seen on the right side of this photograph) to the right of that mountain, and take a look at it from above.


Canada Hiking - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - British Columbia

30. A fairly easy hike turned into a serious challenge, as the ridge was made of loose rocks and dirt. Hiking boots and poles would be essential here.


Rainbow Range Area Hiking in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park British Columbia

31. Good views to the left as we climb.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

32. It proved to be too long of a climb, and we were running out of time. So, found a good point to have a close look at the colourful mountain. The coordinates for our final destination: N 5238.694' W 12550.977'. Elevation: 1,934 meters (432 meters elevation gain from the parking lot).


Rainbow Range Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hiking

33. Here it is with a slight zoom.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

34. Looking across. There is a lake there, with a creek flowing out of it making a waterfall coming down the mountain.


BC Hiking Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

35. With lots of zoom, we see another fine mountain across from our location.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Hiking in British Columbia Canada

Here is a video of the views from our final destination.

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36. On the way back, we took a photo of the mountain to the right of the one we planned on climbing in the first part of the hike.


Tweedsmuir Provincial Park near Anahim Lake British Columbia

37. And here is a view of the sub-alpine, as we were returning to the trail in the forest.


Hiking in British Columbia - Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Rainbow Range Area

It took us 16.8 km and almost 6 hours of hiking to get to the final destination of this hike, and 15.8 km and 5 hours to get back to the trailhead. Rainbow Range trail quickly leads to a vast alpine area with great views. Highly recommended.


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