Hike the Watson Lakes Trail

Cedarvale, British Columbia

4.5/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

600 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Mike Fennell

Located in the Seven Sisters wilderness area, this is an easy 4-mile hike on a scenic, well maintained trail that passes three small lakes with picnic sites and fishing.

The trailhead is located a few hundred yards from highway 16 on a relatively smooth gravel road. The turnoff is marked by a blue sign saying Watson Lakes Trail. From Terrace the turnoff is 33 miles east, and from Kitwanga Junction the turnoff is 23 miles west. 

The first half of the hike is a steady uphill hike along switchbacks until you reach the first lake. There are plenty of great views of the the Skeena valley along the way. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow, with colored markers on the trees to lead the way. The first lake is a bit more scenic than the next two lakes, with a beautiful mountain peak in the background. The second half of the hike is more level and will give you a better chance to enjoy the scenery of the trail as it takes you through a beautiful rainforest. 

From the trailhead to the last lake is about 600ft elevation gain in 2 miles. Easy enough for a family hike, and open enough at the first lake for some good camping, this adventure will not disappoint!

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app

Features

Fitness
Camping
Fishing
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike the Watson Lakes Trail Reviews

Nice easy hike, just the first little part is steep. Gorgeous views and clear lakes. Can be tricky to find just keep an eye out for the little blue sign

Such a short little hike for one of the prettiest I known places I know!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Backpack to the Maroon Mountain Meadows

Explore Gruchy's Beach

Hike to Gunsight Lake

Hike the New Hazelton Lookout and Waterfall Trail

Hike around Ross Lake

Hike to Twin Falls in Smithers BC