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    McGillivray Lake Trail

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    8.5 km
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    210 m
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    McGillivray Lake Trail

    The McGillivray Lake Trail is an 8.5 km lollipop hiking route that sets out from the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort and heads through a beautiful forest to a charming woodland lake. Along the hike, you will experience a tranquil forest setting and some amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Although there are several intersecting paths, this trail is well marked from start to finish. Follow the blue markers on the way to the lake and the orange markers on the way back to avoid getting lost. You will be required to purchase a hiking pass to utilize the trails in this area.

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    Route Description for McGillivray Lake Trail

    Hiking the McGillivray Lake Trail is a great way to spend a day outdoors if you find yourself in the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Area with nothing on your schedule. The trail sets out from the resort and follows along Valley Drive before branching off on a trail to the right through the forest. As you work your way along this initial part of the trail you will pop in and out of the thick cover of the forest before entering into an amazing forest setting until you reach the lake. Once there, you will have a spectacular view across the calm waters of McGillivray Lake and can explore its wooded shores to your heart’s content. After enjoying the views, head back along the same trail through the forest and follow along the orange trail markers to take an alternate route back to the parking area.

    Getting to the McGillivray Lake Trail Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the McGillivray Lake Trail from Kamloops, head north on BC-5 for 23.5 km and turn right onto Old Highway 5. After 200 m, turn left onto Tod Mountain Road and follow it for 24.0 km, turning right onto Sun Peaks Road. After 9.8 km, turn right on Village Way and follow it for 900 m. Turn left to find the trailhead on your right side.

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