High Trail, South Chilcotin Mountains Park, British Columbia, Canada
Photo by Brian Goldstone
RUNNER: Adam Campbell, 31, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
BETA: The alpine High Trail runs through various ecosystems, from grasslands and alpine meadows to talus slopes and snow-capped peaks. The route boasts spectacular high-mountain vistas and views of the Spruce Lake Protected Area. It is accessible mid-May to October, with the best months being June through September.
The park boasts hundreds of miles of largely untraveled trails and is home to grizzlies, black bears, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves and mountain goats.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Difficult, 11-mile point-to-point run with 3600 feet of elevation gain to Windy Pass (7200). The High Trail is part of a huge trail network and requires a total run distance of at least 26 miles to access it.
INFO: The Park lies approximately five hours north of Vancouver and two hours north of Whistler. The area is accessed mainly via logging roads, which may require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Complete details can be found at the British Columbia Parks website.