Alternate Route to the Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) over Gray Creek Pass: A Hiker's Route via Teck Powerline, 14 km

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Trans Canada Trail Legend:

Trans Canada Trail Pavilion
Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)
Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)
Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)
Paddling/Water Route
Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route
Trans Canada Trail Closed
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Alternate Route Legend:

Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers
Alternate Route for Hiking
Alternate Route for Equestrians
Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail

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About the Route: 

This route follows an abandoned powerline corridor once used as a service road by Teck Metals. It is an off-road trail experience that travels over a pass north of the official proposed TCT route, climbing to the headwaters of Gray Creek. It is generally snow free longer than the forestry road, but services and assistance are not available. Be sure to contact the Gray Creek Store for the latest trail conditions before heading out.

Connection Points to the TCT: 

This route connects to the Trans Canada Trail in three places:

The western terminus of the "off road" alternate route to the main Trans Canada Trail route over Gray Creek Pass is located where Oliver Road splits; the main Trans Canada Trail continues south, immediately crossing Gray Creek on a small bridge and begins its climb uphill. Instead of turning south to cross the bridge, the alternate route turns north. The road deteriorates after about 1 km before turning east, joining the old powerline and becoming more of a trail than an actual road.

The eastern terminus of the alternate route connects to the Trans Canada Trail on the eastern side of Gray Creek Pass. For those travelling west on the main TCT route, this route leaves the main roadway about 7 km shy of the pass.

In addition to connecting to the Trans Canada Trail at its western and eastern ends, this alternate route also connects to the Trans Canada Trail's main route over Gray Creek Pass in the middle - on the western side of the pass. For those following the main TCT route on the forestry road wishing to connect with this alternate route, the connection point is about 6.5 km uphill of Gray Creek, located at a hairpin turn in the roadway. This connection point of course can also be used by trail users who have changed their mind about following the alternate route and wish to rejoin the main TCT route which uses gravel roadways.

Report a Trail Closure


Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

Would it be unwise to continue through the closure or blockage? You may add more detail in your report.
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If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so!