Trail Name: Tod Lake Hike – Sun Peaks
Distance: 10.7 kms
Time: 3.5 hours
Cell Service: Intermittent
Trail: Single track
Highlights: All the gorgeous alpine flowers!
To get there: Head north on Highway 5 towards Clearwater. Continue for about 29 kms, and you’ll see signs for Sun Peaks. Turn right onto Old Highway 5 and then take your first left onto Tod Mountain Road. Continue following this road for about 31.5 kms. Once you get into Sun Peaks, keep an eye out for P3. Park here. Or see it on Google Maps here.
Make sure you purchase a lift ticket from the ticket office located in P3. Tickets were $20/ea when we went. Once you’ve got your ticket and are ready to head up, get in line for the Sunburst Express. Ride the chairlift to the top. From here you’ll want to follow trail #2 – The Crystal Bowl Loop. Follow this trail until you see trail #5 – Top of the World trail. This part of the trail is the most difficult of the whole hike as it is fairly steep and full of switchbacks. Follow this trail to the top of the Crystal chair. From here, we took a quick side trip up to the top of the world following trail #6 – Juniper Ridge Loop. After taking in the sights, we hiked back down and continued following trail #5 another 0.2km until it turns into trail #10 – West Ridge trail. Continue following this trail for about 1.5kms until it turns into the #7 – West Bowl trail. Continue following the #7 for about 1.5kms until you reach Tod Lake! Here is a perfect place to take a break, relax, and have some lunch. If you’re up to it, the lake would be a perfect spot to cool down after a hot hike! Right now is the PERFECT time to check out this trail with all the alpine blossoms blooming! It is absolutely stunning! This weekend (Jul 28-30) is actually the annual Alpine Blossom Festival up at Sun Peaks, so the perfect opportunity to explore the area!
While this hike may seem quite complicated, it’s really not! Make sure you grab a hiking trail map from the visitor centre and just follow the various trails back to Tod Lake! This trail is unavailable to dogs, as they cannot ride the chairlift up. However, if you really want to bring your pup, you are welcome to hike up from the bottom! We met the loveliest golden retriever at the top of the Crystal chair! Make sure you also bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as sunscreen and bug spray along for the hike!