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    Spectrum Lake Hike

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    13.0 km
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    441 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Spectrum Lake Hike winds to—you guessed it—the shimmering mountain-tucked Spectrum Lake. The easy-to-follow trail is great for all ages and skill levels. Plus, nothing beats the chance to cool off in the water amid the sweet smell of fresh mountain air!

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    Route Description for Spectrum Lake Hike

    Spectrum Lake Hike in Monashee Provincial Park is a lightly trafficked, family-friendly trail that reaps a jackpot of all rewards: a lake tucked into mountainous scenery. The path is easy to follow as it is the only one visible from the parking lot. It’s narrow but not technical!

    However, despite the easy-going path, the road leading up to the trailhead is tough. It’s suggested to drive a 4x4. You can take your car, but know that you’ll be travelling along a busy logging road.

    You can also split this 13.0 km hike into two days by making it a backpacking trip. Spend the night at the ever-so scenic Spectrum Lake Campground.

    Getting to the Spectrum Lake Hike Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for Spectrum Lake from Vernon, you’ll need to head towards Cherryville by following BC-6 to Sugar Lake Road. Continue past Cherryville and after making a slight right to stay on Sugar Lake Road, you’ll continue for 13.2 km before turning right to get off of Sugar Lake Road. Follow this road for 1.3 km before turning right again. Continue for 4.5 km and turn left. Drive for 7.6 km and your destination will be on your left. The trailhead is the only path leading from the parking lot.

    Route Information

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Spectrum Lake Campground

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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