7-Day Itinerary: Spruce Lake Park — The Jewel of the South Chilcotin Mountain Park

Wilderness Alpine Trek with pack horses

DAY 1   Shuttle — Vancouver to Ranch — Historical and Cultural Tour of BC’s Fraser Canyon

On Chilcotin Holidays’ shuttle bus from the Guildford Sheraton Hotel in Surrey, BC (approximately a 5-hour drive) you’ll travel along Hwy. 1 — the gateway to north and east British Columbia — into the Fraser Canyon and learn about the beginning of the historic Gold Rush Trail. This scenic mountainous highway has been traversed by many travellers on foot, horse, rail, and vehicle and dates back to the first native peoples, fur traders, gold seekers, the building of the Canadian National Railway in the early 1900s, to the early pioneers that cleared and settled the land. It’s an enlightening and thoroughly educational ride to Gold Bridge where you’ll begin your incredible wilderness adventure.

After a midday ranch meal, your group will receive a thorough orientation of the area, trails, and mountains. You’ll overnight at the ranch tonight but there’s enough time to fit in 1 of 3 hiking excursions before nightfall. Hike Lover’s Bluff Loop to get an excellent aerial view of the ranch, Upper River Hike, or Lower River Hike. After dinner you’ll repack your personal gear into duffel bags provided ready for an early start the next day.

DAY 2   Spruce Lake

The route to Spruce Lake Camp via Gun Creek Trail, takes you past Leckie Falls and across the grasslands to reach the jewel of the South Chilcotin Mountain Park.

DAY 3   Greasy Hill (meadows of Open Heart)

Today’s hike will take approximately 3–4 hours. From camp, your guide will take you around Spruce Lake to Open Heart Basin. Great views of Spruce Lake are to be found from this location along with 50 million year old fossils embedded in the rocks along the start of the trail.

DAY 4   Cowboy Camp / Hummingbird Lake

Along the Spruce Lake Trail, you’ll hike to the end of the lake continuing onto Cowboy Camp. Round trip to Hummingbird Lake is 4–6 hours.

DAY 5   Windy Pass

Today you’ll hike to the end of the lake. It’s an elevation gain of 1,500 feet (457m) to Windy Pass then into Eldorado Basin with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities for grizzly bears and mountain goats.

DAY 6   Lower Spruce Grasslands

The hike from Spruce Lake back to the ranch will lead down into the meadows where there are great views of the whole valley and Mount Sheba.

Day 7   On the last day of your 7-Day Camp-Based Hiking Trip, you can fit one more hike in before your 1 pm departure on our shuttle bus back to Vancouver. Choose from hiking Lover’s Bluff Loop to get an excellent aerial view of the ranch, Upper River Hike, or Lower River Hike.