Hike to Illal Meadows & Illal Peak

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Distance

6.2 miles

Elevation Gain

1968.5 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Ashika Parsad

Quick access to alpine and beautiful 360 views of the surrounding peaks. The meadows make an excellent basecamp for an overnighter or multi-day vantages.

To access Illal Meadows, you have to take a little spur road off of the Tulameen Forest Service Road. This spur road is described as being accessible with high clearance 2WD before turning into a 4WD road.

The first part follows an old, overgrown, flat logging road to the south branch of Illal Creek. Next, you'll see an obvious junction leaving the road, where the trail continues up a set of switchbacks through some second growth forest. And last but not least, you'll traverses a scree slope. At the end of the slope, you can make a sharp left, continue uphill, and voila! You're in the stunning lower section of Illal Meadows. It’s worth mentioning that the trail is well marked until you reach the meadows, after which point it seems to be a free for all. Remember to make note of where you enter the meadows for your hike out.

Pass through the lower and middle meadows, to a large tarn towards you left. You'll pick up a faint trail at on the left and this will take you to several different destinations, stay right for Illal Peak.

Follow the ridge to the large tarn at the base of Illal Peak. A few old fire rings reveal a frequent camp spot. Continue along the tarn, and pick up a distinct trail at the NW corner of the lake, follow as it flanks around the western side of Illal through meadowy slopes. Before the trail drops into the next valley to the north, swing right and start the steep but non-technical ascent up Illal Peak. When you're ready to head back (it will take a while because you wont want to leave the views), retrace your steps back to your vehicle.

Illal Peak is an easy to moderate (depending on your fitness level) day trip objective. Illal Meadows is so stunning, you'll be tempted to spend a few days. There is plenty of information online about the surrounding peaks; Illal meadows offers a great base camp for further hiking and scrambling goals.

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Harder than it sounds

Just attempted this hike yesterday! The TFS Road is definitely doable with a 2WD vehicle (we had our 4WD truck for this). It's one of the best-maintained gravel roads we've been on. Once you get to the spur road mentioned, you definitely need a 4WD car. The walk to get to the actual trailhead is not very long (maybe 20-25 min). Once you get to the start of the hike though, it's all uphill and definitely not an easy hike :) I would say moderate to difficult. We saw a few people hiking up prepared to stay the night, which is probably the best idea unless you get here early morning and have time to enjoy the meadows at the top before heading down. We turned back unfortunately after a few km, as we thought this was a hike in open space (as the photos show), but it's actually all enclosed forest. Pretty good workout I think, if you do the whole thing. We just weren't prepared for that much of a hike commitment :P Next time we'll know and definitely come more prepared. I bet the meadows are super beautiful.

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