Clearwater Lake Lookout

Clearwater Lake Lookout near Wells, BC

This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
19 kms
Summer, Fall
Wells, BC
User goaroundglobe
The lakeshore trail goes along the East side of the lake, through the forest with a number of the good lake views. Trail is easy to follow although there are no signs anywhere. This part of the hike is pretty easy for the whole family to enjoy. After around 5K, you'll pass a boat lunch area, which by the way is accessible by car (for those who would prefer to skip first 5K of the hike). On a sunny, summer day, this is the area to take a swim in the lake since the campground area doesn't offer any safe access to the lake due to the strong current. The next section of the hike is pretty wet, especially after a good rain. You'll need good waterproof boots unless you don't mind getting your feet wet. In about 5 kilometers, you'll come to a sign and a right turn. Although it looks like you can continue forward, the trail almost disappears after about 10 minutes of hiking and gets very difficult to follow. Just follow the main trail going right; this is the correct way to the lookout. This portion of the trail gets pretty steep in a number of place and continues to ascend the next 2 to 3 km. You'll gain roughly 200 to 250 meters of elevation, and end up at the junction. Going left for a few more meters will bring you to the lookout, going right, you'll continue on the trail to the Chain Meadows and Osprey Falls lookout. It is up to you if you want to go back the same way you came from or continue on the trail and make a loop. I think the distance is almost the same with just a few more ups and downs on the way. Overall, this is a good hike, which we would probably enjoy more with less rain and mosquitoes, and more sun!


Follow Hwy# 5 east until you reach Well Gray Provincial park. Turn left on Clearwater Valley Rd. all the way to the Clearwater Campground. Once at the campground, turn right and head north to the picnic area. The trail head starts from Lakeshore Trail sign.

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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