“Strenuous mountain summit trail, amazing views through lush forest and rocky, above treeline running.”
— Mike Davis
Portions of this run are located within the Byers Peak Wilderness where wilderness regulations apply.
Byers Peak is one of the most visible peaks in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley. While a portion of the trail is on a closed off forest service road, a majority is on steep singletrack through forest and then climbing above tree line on rocky terrain. There is limited parking at the trailhead that could cause a longer approach, but the roads are good enough for passenger cars to make it. Bring a bike and ride the first couple miles along the jeep road if you want to skip to the singletrack.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Once above tree line the sun exposure can be severe and the temperature and winds can change quickly. There are many very steep sections above tree line as well with some exposure, so be careful. In addition, there are often a number of trees down across the road and trail - if you're feeling altruistic, it might be worth it to bring a saw.
Snow stays on the trail through late June. First couple miles of the trail are on double track road.
From the gate at the trailhead, start out along a closed off forest service road that winds steeply for the first couple miles. The road ends at a small stream where there is a bike rack and a nice flat area. From here it's singletrack to the top of the peak.
The start of the singletrack leads through lush, dense forest with lots of small, runoff streams to cross. As you ascend, the ground gets much rockier and rougher. Once you reach tree line, the trail is primarily rock and loose gravel the rest of the way to the top.
At the top, take in the 360-degree view and allow yourself some time to check out all the amazing wildflowers that have the ability to grow at this elevation before heading back down.
Flora & Fauna
Much of this run is through the Fraser Experimental Forest. The trees are primarily pine with stands of aspen mixed throughout. Keep your eye out for moose and big horn sheep.