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Burnt Creek Trail

Burnt Creek Trail (Tatla Lake)

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Site Closed.
The recreation site is closed due to wildfire activity in the area.


  • Rec Site #:REC6102
  • Type:User Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: The Burnt Creek Trail follows a fairly narrow canyon as it meanders up the Burnt Creek drainage, climbing steadily through mature Douglas-fir initially, and then the forest cover transitions to a mix of lodgepole pine, Engleman spruce and subalpine fir. Whitebark pine is also present at higher elevations. The mapped portion of the trail is about 7.6 km in length, but as with many alpine hiking trails, it is possible to explore additional terrain once you reach the alpine. The trail offers spectacular views along its entire length, gradually exposing more of the Mosley Creek drainage as one ascends. A small campsite with no facilities is located about 4.3 km up the trail at a point where the trail crosses Burnt Creek. Higher up the trail, lush alpine slopes open up as the creek forks into smaller tributaries. The trail takes about 3 to 5 hours to reach the top. 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.

  • Driving Directions: Approximately 1 km east of the community of Tatla Lake, turn south onto the Tatlayoko Lake Road. Travel 4.2 km and turn right onto Bluff Lake Road. Proceed 20.8 km and when you reach the turnoff to White Saddle Air Service, keep straight to continue on the Bluff Lake Road. Travel another 4.2 km from here and turn right onto the Mosley Creek FSR. Travel 2 km to the trailhead, which can be difficult to spot unless you look closely. There is a cattle guard on the road here, and the trail takes off on the right-hand side of the road, and follows an old log fence heading north up the hill.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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