Trophy Mountain Meadows

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Backpack - Trophy Mountain Meadows

Photography & naturalist-oriented backpack to Trophy Mountain Meadows/Skyline, in Wells Gray Prov Park BC. Extensive colorful subalpine/alpine wildflower blooms & enjoy wildlife viewing in Trophy Meadows/Skyline .

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi

8:00am at Wells Gray Visitor/Info Center, Clearwater, BC.  Located at junction of Highway 5 and Clearwater Valley Road, east side of Clearwater.   Info at www.wellsgray.ca

Members only; well-experienced backpackers.  Registration open July 1 - July 19.

Hike through beautiful subalpine forest and pocket meadows, and emerge onto vast meadows and highlands dotted with dozens of subalpine lakes and tarns among the Trophy Mountains. Extensive colorful subalpine and alpine wildflowers in Trophy Meadows are among the most beautiful expansive wildflower displays in North America. Base camp at Sheila Lake with explorations beyond to more lakes and skyline ridges.  Elevation gain approx 1200'/4 miles 1-way to Sheila Lake & alpine overlook; approx 2000'/7.5 mi 1-way to Skyline Ridge.  Sheila Lake camp has pit toilet, stream/lake water (treat/boil), no food storage (hang bag or bring bear-proof canister). 

Topo maps: West Raft River 82 M/13, Wells Gray Prov Park. Park info, trail updates, map: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells_gry/ . Hike descriptions (Trophy Meadows & Trophy Skyline trails): Nature Wells Gray (Goward & Hickson), Exploring Wells Gray Park (Neave).

This is a photography- and naturalist-oriented backpack, at leisurely to moderate pace with occasional to frequent stops for photo opportunities and enjoyment of nature. If you are looking for a faster-paced trip, this is not the backpack for you.

Abundant, colorful wildflower blooms peak during late July to early August, are among the best wildflower blooms in British Columbia, and rival the blooms at Mt Rainier's Paradise meadows. 

Current passport or WA enhanced drivers license (or WA enhanced ID) required for US/Canada border crossing and prior to trip registration. 

Trophy Mtn info:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wg_tradd/

Trophy Mtn meadow trail info:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells_gry/wgtrophymtn_brochure.pdf

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kneale/sets/72157594200363474/

Recommendation:  Allow an extra 1-2 days to explore Wells Gray Provincial Park's many scenic waterfalls, lakes, volcanic wonders, and trails.  Many options for front-country camping, lodges, motels, etc - in the park or in Clearwater.

Updated 7/15/14

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