Hike to Gunsight Lake

Gunsight Lake Trailhead

Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

3000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Mike Fennell

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Enjoy this beautifully serene, yet challenging uphill hike to a large pristine blue alpine lake in the heart of British Columbia's Kitimat Mountain Range. 

From Terrace drive south for approximately 11 miles south along Highway 37 to Furlong Bay Provincial Park campground. The trailhead is accessed via the gravel pit road on the other side of the highway from the Park. Walk past the first gate and keep to the right prior to the gravel pit. Follow the old road paralleling the power line for approximately 200m until you reach the trailhead. Parking can be limited on weekends.

From the highway the trail follows along the north side of Granite Creek past a number of small waterfalls. After about a quarter mile from the trailhead, the remains of the original Dominion Government hatchery can be seen between the trail and the creek. The first 2 miles are are easy hike with a wide trail and little elevation gain, but once the trail crosses the creek over a wooden bridge, the trail immediately begins to climb steeply for about 3,000 ft of elevation gain over the next 2 miles. This part of the trail through the thick forest is narrow, but well marked with bright colored flagger tape. The trail will then emerge from the forest suddenly and flatten out into a beautiful alpine meadow. Gunsight Lake will be visible from this point and it is just another half mile to reach the lake. 

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Beautiful Hike

Beautiful but difficult hike, a small sidetrail after the hatchery leads right down to falls and great summer swimming hole, trails leading up to the summit exist, but take up another 1-2 hours. In late summer the blueberry bushes along the entirety of the trail provide constant potential for snacks.

Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

3000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Mike Fennell

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