Hike the Watson Lakes Trail

Watson Lakes Trailhead - Search Nearby - 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!

Distance

4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

600 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Community Photos

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Such a hidden gem!

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

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