Tenquille Lake Trail is a 14.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length14.4 miElevation gain4,209 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This is a grizzly bear habitat. Please hike with caution and bring bear spray.

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Amanda Flower
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HikingGreat!

Parked at Branch 12, but could've made it down road to first parking lot. Then you walk further up a fsr to trailhead (took us 1hr 15min). From there, it was a lovely, moderate hike with steady climbs up and followed with flat breaks. Beautiful fall colors and lots of mushrooms. The meadows at top was stunning but a little muddy. Came to the cabin (which is closed) for lunch; took us 2.5hrs from trailhead to Lake. Total of 6.5hrs round trip. Lake was gorgeous and so clear! This time of year (early October) it was pretty cold in the Alpine, so much so that we didn't linger long.

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Angie Lamb
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BackpackingGreat!

Lovely trail and lakeside camping. We scrambled up to Finch Ridge, Tenquille and Goat Mountains from camp. We were lucky that we rode up in someone’s truck bed after hiking up the road a lot of the way in the sun and got a ride down. It is a long way to and from the trail of you don’t have a vehicle that can make it - not terrible...but would recommend avoiding to save energy for the trail and scrambling around the lake.

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Nadia Gilani
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Camping

Got pretty confused and couldn’t find the trailhead we were looking for... it turns out there are 3 separate trail heads and the reviews on this listing is a mix of each of these 1. Tenquille Creek Road Access (11km/5.5 hours). Accessible by 4WD. The trail climbs about 427m 2. Tenquille Lake Lillooet River Valley Access (19km/9 hours). Accessible by 2WD. This is the trailhead we eventually found, and it shares and entryway with private property. Once you cross the bridge over the river on Lillooet Service Road you will see cars parked. This is where you should park! It is the most challenging hike of the three. 3. Tenquille Lake Branch 12 Trail (12km/4.5 hours). Accessible by 4WD. Starts near the end of Tenquille Lake West Road, accessible from Branch 12 off Hurley FSR. Note that these roads are extremely bumpy with many potholes. Some people opt to do this one with a 2WD and start about 3KM before the actual trailhead, but we heard of many flat tires on this road. This is the most popular trail.

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Sarah Glynn
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Hiking

This place is a true gem of a place, the whole area & campsite by tenquille lake is prestine, never seen anything like it!!! getting there.... if you have a 4x4 with enough clearance DRIVE IN, don’t park right at the sign for branch 12. Thats the mistake we made, that entire road in (roughly 4.5 k) is a steady incline and tired me out before the real trail even started, and added nearly 2 hours to the trek in. The trail itself is terrific, incredible views all around. This place was so beautiful that it was still worth the extra distance hiked! Not very many bugs - a few small flies. (we overnight it so had packs)

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Deb Petey
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Backpacking

Great hike. We chose to start the hike from the end of Branch 12 logging road. Took longer with kids (ages 10-12 - around 3 hours) but well worth it. The hike was a mixture of rolling and climbing trail. There were sections that reminded us of the hike up to Semaphore. The road in on Branch 12 took time and patience. It’s about 5 kms in total with many culverts to cross. You need a high clearance vehicle to do the full road (Branch 12) up to the trailhead. There is a parking area a couple kms in for cars with less clearance but I’m not sure I would have done it. You can park on the Hurley about 10 metres past the entrance to Branch 12 and walk up the logging road. Friends parked there and we shuttled them up with us. Other than black flies which weren’t bad the bugs were no problem this past weekend. Our group hiked/scrambled up to Tenquille Peak and Finch Ridge the next day. Left plenty of time for fishing and a cold cold dip in the lake. Absolutely stunning. We now know how Sun God mountain got its name! The tent sites, pit toilets and food cache bins were a definite bonus. Hut was closed due to COVID. This was our first two-night adventure with the family and it didn’t disappoint. Beautiful fall meadow flowers aplenty!

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JoAnne Fitzpatrick
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Hiking

A great moderate climb with a beautiful meadow 3/4 up. We got caught hiking in the rain, but was pleased to find bear cashes and our houses when we arrived at the lake. Despite the clouds, the views were very pretty. Took us just over three hours to get to the lake from the trail head, as our 4x4 was capable enough for the last leg of driving past the deep ditches and rough road.

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Ian Gan
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Lovely lovely lake and campsite. Took the trail from the bridge as we don't have a 4X4. Hike is a bit of a slog. We were pleased to find essentially no bug either on the trail or at the lake. Had a nice campsite by the lake. Caught a few 10" rainbows on dry fly. Hiked/scrambled up to the ridge between Tenquille and Finch mountains... great views. Overall wonderful time.

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Danielle Pinoni
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BackpackingGreat!Muddy

The FSR is closed about 5km from the trail - worth the extra kms

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Jakov Skarica
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HikingGreat!
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Elise Varty
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BackpackingBugsGreat!
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Nissa Wellman
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HikingBugs

August 11-13, 2 nights. From Branch 12 Trailhead (4x4 high clearance vehicle needed) only 7km in with 800m gain. Would make for the perfect introductory backpacking trip for a beginner. Easy trail to follow, no scrambling. 3 areas to camp at (by hut, in open meadow, in forest area). Luxuries I wasn't used to: picnic tables, fire pits, and a kayak! Freezing COLD at night. Lots of bugs. Thank goodness for our fire!

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Tak K
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Steve McConnell
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HikingBugsGreat!

We drove only up to the 2wd drive parking lot on Branch 12 in our 4x4 Nissan X-Trail. I worried we might not have enough clearance for the remaining 3 kilometres based on other reviews. However after walking up that portion it was obvious we could have easily drove it. Very nice trail but the bugs were quite bad, thank god for no horseflies. Bugs thinned out up in the meadows in the pass. Saw a wolf in the pass plus a good sized grizzly on the way back, also in the pass. The grizzly was about 50 metres off the trail in open meadow so it was a little tense passing it, but a beautiful sight! And all the meadows were in bloom! Wonderful place! Don’t forget to bring bear spray!

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Freda Lin
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BackpackingBugs

Well groomed trail beautiful picturesque views of mountains and subalpine. Lots of water sources along the way to replenish. Cabins closed due to Covid but the kayak is free to use! A 7’ grizzly approached my picnic table as I stepped 2-3 m away to get water from the lake. Thankfully my dog and my pots and pans scared it off. Though it ran behind my site and didn’t seem to be bothered. I decided to move the next night. 2nd bear sighting: another smaller black bear was bathing and going through peoples stuff near the cabin. Lots of bugs(mosquitoes black flys horse flys), seem to be immune to any bug spray. I’ll be bringing a net and allergy meds next time!

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Emilie M
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BackpackingBugsGreat!

Drove to the top of branch 12, which has deep cross-ditches that need high clearance to drive. Beautiful trail and lake. Campsite had everything: two bear caches, firepits, toilets. Cabin is closed + boarded up due to COVID. Bugs and mosquitos on sections of the trail and at the lake were swarming level, each of us had over 200 bites. :( We didn't see any other wildlife except a few grouse! We tried for Mt McLeod the next day, the route is fairly simple, had some small snowfields to cross. But otherwise it and Copper Mound are quite clear right now.

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Claudia Mitchell
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HikingBugs

Giving it a 3/5 because the trail itself was more rewarding than the lake.

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Alli Matfin
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

We hiked to the lake on June 28 and hiked out again June 30. The trail was in good condition, we ran into patches of snow the last few kilometres but nothing substantial. The snow was melting rapidly as a few days later the trail had a lot less snow. There were plenty of little creek drainages to cross, and I suspect later in the year they’re minor to non-existent, but this time of year they led to pretty wet feet. We parked at the lower trailhead, but I’d strongly suggest driving to the upper trailhead if you can plan to have a higher clearance vehicle with 4wd or Awd. The road between the two has some steep sections and cross ditches, though the gnarliest one is the one immediately above the lower trailhead. The first 4 km from the lower trailhead and 1 km past the upper trailhead is the steepest though, so cutting out some of it would have been nice. The lake and campsites were very beautiful and really well maintained, picnic tables, new toilets, and plenty of space. Bugs by the lake were tolerable, bugs on the lower trail were horrendous. We tried to hike to Mt. Barbour and came across plenty of snow, not an issue, but eventually were turned around by a big enough creek with snowmelt - we could manage it but our dog could not. Overall, I’d definitely recommend the hike, the meadows and lake are beautiful! For bugs (just ramping up) and snow/creeks, I’d suggest late July or August, but definitely manageable now if you don’t mind wet feet and lots of bug spray.

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Nicole McCluskey
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful trail, we approached via branch 12 off the hurley and drove to the end car park at which the mosquitos were insane but got better on the trail and at the lake. ***A large grizzly bear was spotted along the meadows under Finch Ridge and Tenquille Mountain. A group had an encounter 300m away as they tried to approach the saddle.*** -another party also said they saw a moose down the east end of the lake. Lake was brisk but great to take a dip in and also had tons of fish in it! Beautiful spot, the last 2km of the hike was muddy and had snowy patches and some stream crossings. July 4th-6th

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P B
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

Just did the hike. Mosquitos on the trail are insane. Never hiked so fast on the way back. The lake and surrounding area are very beautiful. Lots of opportunities to explore the peaks around the lake. Nice washrooms and camping tables. Saw black bear very close to the trail. A dozen of people said they saw a grizzly bear close to the lake on the hills across the meadows from the lake.

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Myriam Hajri
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

Went on june 10, the start of the trail is an old logging road, lots of mosquitos so bring lots of bugspray! Its a steady incline almost all the way. The last 2km to the cabin was snow all the way, snowshoes would have been nice but it is very doable without. Saw one small black bear far away, we were singing songs and making noise the whole time especially near water crossings (grizzly and cougars in the area). The lake was still frozen, so will be back later in the season. There are toilets available near the cabin. Couldn’t find the bear caches so we put all our food and scented items up a tree. The cabin being closed for covid we were the only ones there during the week but saw a group of hikers on their way up for the weekend. Otherwise, super beautiful and a nice hike!

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