Distance 12.6 km one way, height gain 472 m, moderate
This is one of the more appealing sections of the High Rockies Trail for hikers and snowshoers, with views transitioning from the head of Spray Lakes Reservoir to the British Military group of mountains: Smuts, Birdwood, Sir Douglas and Tent Ridge, etc. Best travelled from north to south. The first section is mostly an undulating forest walk high above the road crossing six fingers of burnt black forest allowing views of Spray Lakes Reservoir and Tent Ridge. After an open area where the Rummel Lake trails comes in there are many gaps in the trees allowing views not only of Smuts and Birdwood again, but also the great peaks of Robertson, French and Sir Douglas as you progress. You end up following the Chester Lake ski trail down to the trailhead.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail) at Buller Mountain day-use area.
Easy going on a good trail with a surprising amount of climb. You will need 2 vehicles for this one-way trail. See HTR trail map Centre.
Note: A shorter alternative is to descend the 2 km Rummel Lake trail to the highway. 7.9 km and 327 m height gain.
- One of the six burns south of Buller
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks
Trailhead: Buller Mountain 50.867623N, -115.35457W
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Last updated Mar 12, 2018