August 29, 2008 | Tips from Us >
Williams Lake, Hiking
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When I think of Williams Lake, I think of the famous annual Williams Lake Stampede which takes place every July long weekend. Now I can add sore legs and fantastic scenery to the list. One of the most beautiful trail runs I have done in awhile...ok, one of the only trail runs I have done in awhile...was along the Williams Lake Valley Trail system in the Cariboo Chilcotin region. Located minutes from the centre of town, this extensive and well-maintained trail system is popular for hiking, mountain biking and running. As you run alongside the Williams Lake River towards its merge with the Fraser River, you are surrounded by towering cliffs of what looks like golden sand. The topography was very unusual, kind of eerie but beautiful. Despite the sore legs, I would definitely recommend the trail system to anyone wanting to escape into some of BC's spectacular wilderness.