Guidebook

The Southern Chilcotins: An Incredible 3-day Fastpack

Remote and rewarding, the Southern Chilcotin Mountains offers the perfect fastpacking opportunity.

Jen Segger

Description

This 3-day, 2-night fastpack route offers runners and hikers an opportunity to experience some of the best singletrack trails in the Southern Chilcotins.

Beginning on the Paradise Creek Trail, the route climbs into the alpine before dropping down to Bear Paw Camp (pre-book for accommodation and food necessary).

Day 2 takes runners up and over the incredible Deer Pass (well-worth the effort of the big climb) before descending back down to the pristine lakes of Trigger and Butterfly.

The final part of this day is a long, mostly gradual climb back up to Spruce Lake. Options to camp or pre-book a supported option exist. Day 3's route trends mostly downhill as a very well-maintained trail leads from Spruce Lake down to the Jewel Creek Trailhead or beyond to the Gun Creek Trailhead.

Paradise Creek Trailhead to Bear Paw Camp

Paradise Creek Trailhead to Bear Paw Camp

54.3 km
2,526 m
2,242 m
A meandering route that starts below tree line and before long has you running into the alpine before descending down into Bear Paw Camp.
Moderate
Private
Bear Paw Camp to Spruce Lake Camp via Deer Pass & West Side Trail

Bear Paw Camp to Spruce Lake Camp via Deer Pass & West Side Trail

28.9 km
1,199 m
1,369 m
A more challenging way to move between Bear Paw Camp and Spruce Lake Camp with the added climb and descent over Deer Pass.
Difficult
Private
Spruce Lake to Jewel Creek Trailhead

Spruce Lake to Jewel Creek Trailhead

15.8 km
285 m
796 m
A 16km one way run from beautiful Spruce Lake to the Jewel Creek Trailhead.
Moderate
Private