• 40 km
  • 15.5 hours
  • Medium

Trail Description


55 min driving from Frank's General Store in Cherryville, BC

Begin the trail meandering through the foothills of Mt. Fosthall at Spectrum Lake which offers a vast diversity of coast-like flora. Rich green moss coats the valley floor, and numerous creek crossings. Spectrum Lake is rich with rainbow trout and offers a fantastic day hike for families with children.

For the more adventurous, head up the gruelling ascent to Little and Big Peters lake, indulging in the huckleberries, blueberries, and thimbleberries along the way. This is where the well maintained trail ends. Set up camp at the stunning Big Peters glacier-fed lake, complete with bear cache, ranger's tent, fresh stream water, and lakeside backcountry camping. This can be done in one day, but we do not recommend doing the summit of Mt. Fosthall on the same day.

Reaching the summit of Mt. Fosthall from Big Peters will take between 3 and 3.5 hours and is a way-finding route only. There are some cairns along the way, but advanced trail sense is required to navigate. Follow the stream and valley up to a well maintained bike path as part of another resort on the far/south side of the mountain. After following this trail for a few minutes, keep an eye on the ground for a large stone arrow and head off-trail to the right. Meander through the alpine meadows and take a self-guided route to the summit of the giant ramp-like Mt. Fosthall adorning the skyline.

Even in the hottest months, there are plenty of refill options available for water. The best time to hike Mt. Fosthall to avoid snow and horrible weather is the month of August up until mid-September.

For fit adults with a large overnight backpack hiking times are as follows. Please let us know your times!
* Parking lot to Spectrum is 1.5 hours (5 km from trailhead)
* Spectrum to Big Peters is 4 hours (14 km from trailhead)
* Big Peters to Mt. Fosthall is 3.5 hours (20 km from trailhead)

  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Difficulty Rating:Medium
Difficulty Description:A very long and arduous hike with loads of elevation
Dogs:Banned by BC Parks
Children:Ages 10 and up
Cell Service:None for majority of trail. Perfect service at the Mt. Fosthall summit (Telus 2017).
First Listed:2017-Feb-20
Last Updated:2017-Sep-06
Duration One-Way (solo):510 min
Duration One-Way (group):600 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):930 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):17.5 hours
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Distance:20.00 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:866 meters
Elevation at End:2,679 meters
Elevation Minimum:860 meters
Elevation Maximum:2,679 meters
Elevation Gain:2,562 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-750 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:15.40% (one-way)
Slope Down:-7.50% (one-way)

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