A moderate to difficult 6.5 km trail that leads to a scenic alpine lake and ridges. From the highway the trail follows along the north side of Granite (Hatchery) Creek past a number of small waterfalls. Of special interest, located approximately 0.5 km from the trailhead, the remains of the original Dominion Government hatchery can be seen between the trail and the creek. After 3 km the trail crosses the creek and begins to climb steeply for another 3 km into alpine. The last half km takes you through an alpine meadow to Gunsight Lake. For hikers not interested in undertaking on the steep climb to the lake, the bridge at 3 km is a good location to take a break and return to the trailhead.
From Terrace drive south for approx. 18 km along Highway 37 to Furlong Bay Provincial Park campground. The trailhead is accessed via the gravel pit road. Walk past the first gate and keep to the right prior to the gravel pit.
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Posted By: MikeyC2
- Mon Sep 26 18:25:30 UTC 2016
UpsideGreat destination DownsideVery soggy alpine section of trail in the rain. CommentI hiked this Sept 25, 2016. Parking at the trailhead was expanded and is now quite good, remember to stick to the treeline to not miss where the trail turns away from the highway and into the forest. It took me an hour to reach the bridge then almost two more to reach the lake. For me it was raining heavily the whole time. The last portion of the trail from treeline to alpine lake was running water and deep puddles so slow going and sketchy during the descent. It took me just under 2h to descend. Not recommended for wet weather due to alpine trail condition and slippery descent to the bridge.
Posted By: Donny
- Wed May 08 05:42:57 UTC 2013
UpsideHard work pays off with spectacular sights DownsideParking at trailhead is limited CommentGunsight lake trail- starts out on an old overgrown road along granite creek. After 1km +- the trail narrows and follows the creek up the valley. A little further along there is a side trail that veers off to the right, check it out and you will find a waterfall. There is a rope provided if you would like to venture down closer(definitely worth it). Just use caution along the edges when viewing. Head back up to the main trail and continue on and upwards. At 3km you cross the creek on a very sturdy bridge, and that's when the stroll ends and the hard work begins. You will want to pace yourself for this stretch, as you will gain 900 m In Elevation over 2.5km. If you plan to hike up to the lake in the middle of spring, strap your snowshoes on your pack. The snow starts around 700m up from the bridge , and from then on you leave the canopy of the Forrest and break out onto snow covered alpine meadow. Here you begin to discover great views of lakelse lake below and the Kitimat ranges across the valley.
With lakelse at your back, head toward the ridge. The view of the ridge is spectacular, with giant shelves of snow overhanging the edge by tens of metres. Keep in mind that avalanches are occuring at this time of year. Then Begin hiking toward the bowl beneath the ridge and you will discover gunsight lake.
I highly recommend this hike and cannot wait to try again in the summer. I used 3 litres of water on the hike that day. If I owned a water filter I would definitely have not hesitated to refill along the way. My trekking poles improved my balance, drive and recovery time during a slip, as well as taking some of the load off my knees for the hike back Down. 5-8 hours