Mount Cartier Lower Trails

Rating: 2 stars.

Use: Biking, Hiking

Difficulty: Easy.

Distance: 5 km return to the ‘lookout’.

Description: These trails see heavy use in the spring when valley bottom snow is almost melted and mountain bikers are keen to get out. Once the Macpherson trails are snow clear, they probably get very little traffic. A decent walk with a viewpoint destination. Going beyond the viewpoint is pointless unless you are willing to commit to the summit. There is also another option to extend your outing. Start at the Montana TH and follow this trail until it intersects with the Cartier Trail proper, adding about 3.5 km to your route. 

Directions: Head south on Airport Way past the airport.  Approximately 1 km past ‘6 mile’ you will see the Cartier trailhead on the left. The Montana trailhead is located about 150 m past the ‘6 mile’ turn. Drive slow just as you round the corner past ‘6 mile’ at look for a trail heading into the bush.  

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Cartier Trailhead: N50 55.500 W118 08.550
  2. Montana Trailhead: N50 56.072 W118 09.130
  3. Cartier/Montana Y: N50 55.559 W118 08.245
  4. Cartier/viewpoint Y: N50 54.934 W118 07.702
  5. Cartier viewpoint: N50 54.940 W118 07.632

Useful Maps:

Mount Cartier Lower Trails BaseCamp PDF

The start of the Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The start of the Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Early season. Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Early season. Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Cartier Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The viewpoint. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The viewpoint. Ben Wilkey Collection.

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