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North Potato Trail
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North Potato Trail

North Potato Trail (Tatla Lake)

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Site Closed.
The North Potato Trail is closed to the public at this time. The trail is situated within the declared aboriginal title lands of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation, and the Tsilhqot'in National Government and Xeni Gwet'in First Nation issued a press release on August 18, 2017, stating that there will be no public access to their Declared Title Lands. The only exceptions will be for Tsilhqot'in community members, licensed commercial operators and guided clients, residents and families. A copy of the press release can be found here: http://www.tsilhqotin.ca/PDFs/Press%20Releases/08%2018%2017%20Xeni%20PR-%20Xeni%20Fire%20Ban%20and%20Road%20Closure.pdf For more information, please contact Nancy Oppermann with the Xeni Gwet'in First Nations Government at 250 303 2646.

  • Rec Site #:REC6098
  • Type:User Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: In June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Tsilhqot�in Nation a declaration of aboriginal title over a certain area. This recreation trail is within the declared aboriginal title area. The Tsilhqot�in Nation has declared that canoeing, hiking and light camping are encouraged in the area, subject to its system of permits. Permits are required for hunting and fishing. For further information please contact the Tsilhqot�in National Government (www.tsilhqotin.ca). There are two main routes through the Potato Range, the Potato Trail or main cattle trail, extending through subalpine meadows, and the Crest Route, along the west ridgeline of the Potato Mountains, providing spectacular views of Tatlayoko Lake and the Niut mountains. The Potato Mountains have always been an important area for First Nations traditional use. Historically, First Nations people have harvested the wild potatoes that grow in the alpine meadows of the range, and many of the trails and routes in the Potato Mountains were travel routes originally used by First Nations to access summer-fall gathering and hunting areas, and for communication between communities. 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. As with many alpine hiking trails, it is possible to explore additional terrain once you reach the alpine.

  • Driving Directions: From Highway 20, about 1.5 km east of Tatla Lake, turn south onto the Tatlayoko Road (good gravel) and follow signs into this very scenic valley. Continue south on the Tatlayoko Forest Service Road, winding along the east side of the lake. About 1.2 km past the Tatlayoko Lake Recreation Site, turn left onto a steep and deactivated logging road, heading up about 3.5 km to a set of corrals - the route up the road is tricky and a 4x4 vehicle is recommended. Park near the corrals or arrange for a drop-off and continue up the main trail on foot.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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