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Butler Peak Trail
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Butler Peak Trail

Butler Peak Trail (Tatla Lake)

Cross-country SkiingHorseback RidingHiking

  • Rec Site #:REC230467
  • Type:User Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: The first 6.2 km of this trail follows a bulldozed road constructed for mineral exploration. The road gradient is relatively steep at an average of 13 per cent. Depending on your vehicle type and experience level with navigating steep and narrow roads, you can either choose to park at the first parking area close to Bluff Lake Road, or you can drive up the steep and narrow access road for 6.2 km and park here. Because the road can be quite difficult to navigate, we strongly recommend that most users park at the first parking area and walk or ATV to the second parking area and begin hiking from here. Upslope from the second parking area, hikers can follow a sporadically-cleared but fairly obvious route through subalpine forest that quickly opens up to views to the north, exposing the Chilcotin Plateau. The route is marked with orange trail markers. At the peak, there is a wonderful panoramic view down Mosley Creek and Valleau Creek to the south. To the north, the Itcha / Ilgachuz Range is visible and much of the plateau to the north and east. The hike to Butler Peak from the second parking area is about 2.1 km and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on fitness level and experience. Due to the moderately difficult and remote terrain, and the need for some route-finding once in the subalpine or where the trail becomes less obvious, this trail is recommended only for those with backcountry hiking experience. The trail also provides an access route for multi-day excursions along the Niut Range, with alpine routes possible to Valleau Creek basin, Jamison Creek basin, or Crazy Creek basin.

  • Driving Directions: From Highway 20, 1.5 km east of Tatla Lake, turn south onto the Tatlayoko Lake Road. Travel about 4.2 km and turn right onto the Bluff Lake Road, also known as the West Branch Road. Follow for about 15.5 km and turn left. Travel 800 metres and turn right. Continue 600 metres to the trailhead on the left. The trail follows an old mining road from here.

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