Williams Lake River Valley Trail

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    I was recently in Williams Lake for business and I had lots of spare time. I researched this hiking trail before I went – and I was lucky with the weather on the day I was in Williams Lake. There are many sections of the trail, but I started just off Frizzi Road, a short drive from the town center. The hike follows the meandering Williams Lake River on a well established gravel path. During the hike, you will pass a marsh, forests, 14 bridges and towering 150 m cliffs. The trail ends at the confluence of the Williams Lake River and the Fraser River. The gentle sloping trail is very easy.

    The stats:

    Distance: 10 km (return)
    Time: 3.5 hours
    Low point: 400 m
    High point: 515 m
    Elevation gain: 115 m
    Trailhead: 52° 9’ 41” by  122° 13’ 5” (Google Map)

    The route…

    The photos…

    Williams Lake River
    Williams Lake River
    Confluence of the Williams Lake River and Fraser River
    Confluence of the Williams Lake River and Fraser River



    River along base of cliff
    River along base of cliff
    River along base of cliff
    River along base of cliff
    The Marsh
    The Marsh



    Trail pic
    Trail pic
    Trail pic
    Trail pic
    Trail pic
    Trail pic



    Trail pic
    Trail pic
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    Trail pic



    U-bend in River
    U-bend in River
    Williams Lake River
    Williams Lake River
    Williams Lake River
    Williams Lake River
    Williams Lake River and Cliff
    Williams Lake River and Cliff

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    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

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