Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
Approximately 280 km, if via Highway 1 West, Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North, and
Highway 12 South. Approximately 290 kilometers, if via Highway 1 East, and
Highway 12 North.
panoramic view of BC Highway 12 valley from the end of the hike.
Of Note: Very
steep, if rather short, trail with loose dirt and rocks. Very little
shade. The trail is suitable for experienced and well-equipped hikers
only. Hiking poles and boots are essential.
We were in the area on another business, and discovered a new trail. It
appears no one hiked it before, and a few short paths here and there
were likely made not by humans, but by goats. The trail is very steep,
but it's the loose dirt and rocks which make it such a struggle. This is
definitely not a trail for novice and/or ill-equipped hikers, as the
injury potential is high. After sweating for just over a kilometer, you
are treated to a panoramic view of a valley located alongside BC Highway
12 just about half-way between Lytton (35 km to the South), and Lillooet
(30 km to the North). Thus, the name of the trail.
For the best views when the sun is out, try hiking in the morning or
early afternoon. Later in the afternoon, the sun is starting to shine in
the eyes at the viewpoint area.
The trail is well-flagged now, and should be pretty easy to follow.
There might be a less complicated way to get to the lookout point, but
we followed what seemed to be the most obvious route, so here it is.
. We are Southbound on BC Highway 12, driving from Lillooet
(about 30 km behind) towards Lytton (about 35 km ahead), and are getting
ready to turn left onto McGillivray Forest Service Road. It's a very
BC Highway 12 at McGillivray FSR
2. The view of the beginning of McGillivray FSR from BC Highway 12.
McGillivray Forest Service Road Start
3. The name of the road can't be seen from the highway, as the sign is
hiding behind a corner seen in the photo above.
McGillivray FSR Sign
4. Despite the FSR not being maintained, it's in a decent shape to the
trailhead, which is just over 1 km away.
McGillivray FSR near Lytton BC
5. There is a tricky spot at about the 1 km mark. So, if your vehicle's
clearance would be insufficient, park at this large pullout on the left
side 400 meters from Highway 12, seen in the photo below.
McGillivray Forest Service Road near Lillooet British Columbia Canada
6. Here is that rough, tricky spot, between 900 m and 1.0 km of
McGillivray Forest Service Road. Most vehicles should be ok here,
McGillivray FSR between Lytton and Lillooet British Columbia Canada
7. Just after the 1 km marker, there is a cattle guard ahead.
McGillivray Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
8. The path to the trailhead is on the left side immediately past the
cattle guard. Plenty of parking available on the side of the FSR, or on
the rough road on the left side, where the arrow is pointing towards the
McGillivray FSR at BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail Access Path
9. It's 300 meters from the cattle guard to the trailhead. Just go
between the trees (they are widely spaced), keeping as close to the FSR
on your right as you can.
Lytton Hiking - BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail Access Path
10. Here we are by the trailhead (on the left side), 300 meters from the
cattle guard (all distances are based on a GPS odometer and are
BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail Access Path - Lillooet Hiking
11. BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trailhead.
BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trailhead - Lytton Hike
12. The trail is steep from the get-go, with loose dirt and stones
making the going tough.
Lillooet Hike - BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail
13. Good views start appearing very soon. Here is looking left at the
200 meter mark.
View from BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail near Lytton BC Canada
14. BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail at 230 meters.
BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail near Lillooet British Columbia
15. Looking right as we climb.
View from BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Hiking Trail British Columbia
16. Looking behind us at the 630 meter mark.
View from BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Hike near Lytton BC Canada
17. Having climbed up for about 800 meters, the tough part is over, and
a left turn makes the trail much less steep.
Approximate Coordinates for the Left Turn:
meters. Estimated grade
from the trailhead to the left turn: 28%.
British Columbia Hiking - BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail
18. The end is near!
Trail in Lillooet Area - BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Hike
19. And here we are, 1.15 km from the trailhead.
British Columbia Highway 12 Valley Between Lytton and Lillooet
20. The above view is quite good, but 150 more meters of hiking to the
right is in order for a true panorama.
BC Highway 12 Valley Lookout Trail
21-24. And now BC Highway 12 Valley is in front of us in all of its
glory. The highway and Fraser River can be seen below. Left to right.
BC Highway 12 Valley
25. Here is a panorama.
is our video of the views from this