Snowmobiling on the Gold Rush Trail

Picture a snowy path before you, winding through the trees, up mountainsides and onto vast plateaus where wide-open vistas beckon. Discover hundreds of kilometres of trails through BC’s historic past on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail.  A 463-kilometre snowmobile trail network starting from Clinton in the south, extending to Wells in the north, linking communities such as 100 Mile House, Horsefly and Likely along the way. A labour of love for over 20 years, the current trail covers a legally-established portion from Clinton to Likely with hopes to extend in the future.

The original Gold Rush Trail dates back tothe 1850s, where fortune-finders travelled in the hopes of striking gold alongside the explorers, traders, and Indigenous peoples whose historic use is woven into the land. Today, adventurers can ride the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail (GRST), immersing themselves in its rich past and experiencing a piece of British Columbia’s history along the way.

Trail Access & Segments

There are multiple entrance points and segments to experience this incredible snowmobile trail network, starting from Clinton and extending to Likley, so you can craft your excursion to be just as long or as short as you’d like. The Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Map denotes the main points of entry, places to park, and trail sections with geofenced maps for easy reference while you explore.

Additionally, there is an offshoot section north of Spout Lake that connects to Mt Timothy, should you wish to explore further or take a different route of discovery.

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What to Expect

What type of terrain can you expect on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail? You’ll be sledding through a combination of trail riding with powder that complements the wide open spaces and mountain vistas. 

If you’re new to snowmobiling, or for those who didn’t bring their sled with them, rental snowmobiles are available in 100 Mile House (Performance All Terrain) and Williams Lake (Spectra Power Sports, Gordo’s). It is highly recommended that you have a knowledgeable friend or two to join you on your excursion to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trek. If you’re looking to find a group to travel with, visit the GRST website for a list of affiliated groups and put out some feelers.

Things to Do

Other than riding and taking in the spectacular scenery, there is plenty to do along the way. Take on some additional winter activities such as ice-fishing, snowshoeing or backcountry skiing – just remember to bring your gear with you and practice backcountry safety!

It’s worth noting that the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail is a multi-use trail system available for use throughout the year. Bring your hiking boots or mountain bike during the warmer seasons to discover another aspect of the Gold Rush Trail!

Where to Stay along the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail

You’ll find ample options along the trail to grab rest and relaxation after an exciting day of sledding, from rustic cabins to luxury resorts, including the following:

Camping is permitted alongside the trail. Campers are asked to check current local fire regulations and pack out their litter. Established recreation campsites can be found at Valentine Lake, Helena Lake, Rail Lake, Spout Lake, and Two Mile Lake, while additional lakes in the area also have unofficial camping areas for you to enjoy.

Supplies for your BC Snowmobile Adventure

Those seeking food, fuel, power sport parts and service, or other supplies should also consider stopping in some of the wonderful communities along the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail (GRST).

Groceries, fuel and dining are available in 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, 108 Mile House, Horsefly and Likely. Alternatively, you can visit a restaurant/pub in 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, or Horsefly. In 100 Mile House, there are power sports parts and service shops, as well as camping supplies, should you need them.

Tips for Snowmobiling the Gold Rush Trail Safely:

  • Ride at a realistic speed to reduce the risk of accidents and injury.
  • Utilize a tether to shut the motor off if you are separated from your machine. No matter the season, be cautious around frozen water – ensure appropriate ice depth and stagger snowmobiles while crossing.
  • Ride with at least one other person and stay together.
  • Make all group members are comfortable with the trip plan and that the proposed journey matches their abilities.

Find more information on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail and we hope you get a chance to explore this incredible place!