Mt. Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Meadows) (#14 on hiking map)
- Difficulty: Hard
- Warnings: No official warnings. Check social media feeds below for current trail status updates.
- Wheelchair accessible: No
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? No – road is good as of summer 2015
- Best seasons: summer (late June-Sept)
- Distance (return meadows): 6.4km / 4mi
Distance (return peak): Data not available
- Approx. time: 4-5 hrs return (meadow)
- Elevation gain: 425m / 1400ft (meadow)
- Steepest grade: 35% or greater in parts
- Viewpoints: Mountain views, view of waterfall, meadows, alpine lake
- Geocache points Not known
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Visitor Info Centre
- Cell service? No
- Gear to bring: Bring 1-2L water/pp and lots of mosquito spray
- How to access/where to park: From the Visitor Info Centre, head south on Hwy 5 (towards Kamloops). Approx. 3.5km south, take a right at the intersection and Click here for Google Map directions. The access road was fixed up in summer 2015 and is now good for most vehicle types.
- Best Parts: The payoff for this hike is big – a gorgeous meadow with a creek, lake and waterfall. Plus, if you climb up the waterfall you’ll get a view of Mt. Robson and the bottom of the valley.
- Worst Parts: There are some very steep sections that are hard to grip unless you’re wearing good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are recommended. Watch out: Grizzly bears are sometimes spotted foraging in the meadow during spring and summer. Be sure to make lots of noise so you don’t surprise them and they have time to leave to avoid an encounter. The mosquitoes are very bad during the summertime due to the lush environment – mosquito spray and a net shirt and long sleeves and pants are a MUST.
- Outside Links: 1) BC Rec Sites and Trails Map
2) Steven’s Peak Bagging (hiking blogger)
The payoff for this hike is big – a gorgeous meadow with a creek, lake and waterfall. Plus, if you climb up the waterfall you’ll get a view of Mt. Robson and the bottom of the valley. It’s a long drive on the access road to get there, and a very steep climb, but the hike up is only 2 hours and the scenery is spectacular. The mosquitoes are fierce, though, and it’s pretty wet and boggy in the meadows. Grizzlies are sometimes spotted here. It is a wild and beautiful place.
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