Trophy Mountain : Hiking Into Sub-Alpine Meadows

We have been trying for what feels like years to find time to make our way into some sub-alpine meadows for gorgeous wildflowers. The Trophy Mountain meadows are one of the most easily accessible sub-alpine meadows in B.C. Blooms are at their peak in July and August, making this trail one of the most popular hikes in Wells Gray Provincial Park.

With our luck, we missed the first wildflower bloom by a week and were too early for late bloom by a couple of weeks; our visit fell smack dab in the middle of the blooms. Even if we did not get to see all the pretty wildflowers that we had hoped for, the hike was still completely worth it. The views around us were jaw-dropping.

The alpine meadows and basin of the Trophy Mountains is accessible in less than an hour from the trailhead. The trail is accessed via 11 km of gravel logging road (Bear Creek Correctional Centre road). The difficulty level is listed as a 4-6, which means to take your time because there will be some elevation gain and challenging terrain.

The trail will take you through old growth forest until you reach the alpine. We wished we could have carried on beyond the alpine meadows, but it was not in our time frame that day. We only had the first part of the day to do what we could on this hike. Plus, four pairs of little legs make things go a little more slowly. There is SO MUCH to see within Wells Gray Provincial park, that we tried to fit in as many different hikes and scenery that we could in this trip. It was still a fantastic hike with the scenery, but we would love to get back one day to hike farther. If you continue on past the alpine meadows, you would be able to venture towards Sheila Lake or head to summit Trophy Mountain (six hours, one way).

We also found some patches of snow on the way up and the kids loved it. We stopped both on the way up and back down for a couple snowball fights; it was a great way to cool off on a hot day.

We are sure these photos will make you want to hike Trophy Mountain:

Aerial view of road up to Trophy Mountain Trailhead
The winding road up to the Trophy Mountain Trailhead
Dirt road up to Trophy Mountain Trailhead in Wells Gray Provincial Park
Bear Creek Correctional Centre road

Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Family hiking Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Kid's summer snowball fight hiking Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park
Snow! Snowball fight? Don’t mind if we do!
Family Hiking Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park
A family of hikers <3

Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

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Wildflowers on the Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wildflowers on the Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park
There were some pretty flowers along the trail

Wildlflowers on the Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail wildflowers in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail mountain views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail mountain views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail mountain views in Wells Gray Provincial Park
I absolutely love this view. Just WOW!

Trophy Mountain Trail views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Ladybug at Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Trophy Mountain Trail views in Wells Gray Provincial Park
These views were incredible. Absolutely breath-taking.

Trophy Mountain Trail views in Wells Gray Provincial Park

Family hiking Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park
We all wore light long sleeves to help with the bugs, but by the half way point, we were all taking off the extra layer. It was HOT!

Kids hiking Trophy Mountain Trail in Wells Gray Provincial Park

We had the most beautiful day to do this hike. This was such a great hike, and a nice little challenge to take the kids on. We find that the more rugged the trail, the more fun the kids have and the more they enjoy it.

Know before you go

  • Be backcountry prepared; never underestimate the demands of the backcountry.
  • Take adequate clothing: high elevation weather can change without notice.
  • Wells Gray’s mountains can receive snow 12 months of the year.
  • Trophy Mountain trail is usually open from late June until early October yearly.

 

Where have you seen some wonderful sub-alpine wildflowers?