- Difficulty: Medium/Hard
- Warnings: The hike to the peak is very challenging and you may encounter snow even during summer.
- Wheelchair accessible: No
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? Although one can access the trailhead without a 4 x 4, a high clearance vehicle is recommended as the road can have large ruts.
- Best seasons: Summer for the peak, spring, summer, fall for Teepee Creek (May-Sept)
- Distance: 12km/7.5mi (lake); 16.5km/10.25mi (peak)
- Approx. time: 5–7 hrs return (lake); 8-10hrs return (peak).
- Elevation gain: 840m/2750ft (lake); 1450m/4775ft (peak)
- Steepest grade: 35% or greater in parts
- Viewpoints: Mountain views, view of waterfall, meadows and alpine lake. From the peak, view of Mt. Robson and surrounding peaks.
- Geocache points Not known
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Outhouse at trailhead parking lot
- Cell service? Not comprehensive, but in spots.
- Gear to bring: Bring 3-5L water/pp, mosquito spray and bear spray. Hiking poles are useful especially for steep descents.
Teepee Creek: The new Teepee Creek hiking trail on Mount Terry Fox is a true gem in Valemount’s hiking offerings, one that shouldn’t be missed by avid hikers. The new trail begins 1000ft higher in elevation than the original Terry Fox trail, and follows Teepee Creek, the trail’s namesake back to an alpine lake. But the higher start and creekside peacefulness are only the beginning. Despite some impressive elevation gain (800m), the Teepee Lake trail opens onto some truly stunning vistas, and traverses through wet alpine lands and waterfalls big and small. The waterfalls and rocky peaks jutting up from the narrow valley are two of this trail’s best features. Other features include the wildflowers that bloom here in spring, and the berries that ripen in late summer. The myriad water features along this trail include underground streams that flow just below the surface of the tree roots in the forest. Reaching the sub-alpine just prior to the lake took us about three hours, with two hours to descend the mountain. The trails offer a there-and-back option, as well as a Big Rock/Lower Teepee Lake Loop with a return trip distance of 13 km and a total elevation gain of 950m. From the Big Rock trail, hikers can access the upper portion of the old Terry Fox trail and reach the peak where a monument to Terry Fox is placed. Whatever the choice, be sure to go well-prepared with proper hiking boots, water, bear spray and gear to stay warm in an emergency. This is an intermediate to advanced hiking trail.
Terry Fox Peak via Teepee Creek: You can reach the summit of Mt. Terry Fox via a new trail that ascends from an arm of the Teepee Creek trail. The peak offers otherwordly views of the surrounding peaks including Mt. Robson. There is a cairn at the peak commemorating Terry Fox. You may encounter snow at this elevation even during summer months. There is no water source available after you leave Teepee Lake to ascend to the peak.
(access road is not visible on Google maps but click here for a GPS map of the access road)
How to access/where to park: From the Visitor Info centre, head north on Hwy 5 for approx. km, past the train overpass and take a right at Stone Road/Tinsley Pit Road (almost directly across from the Terry Fox rest stop). Cross the railroad tracks (private crossing signs) and keep to the left. Follow the signs on Tinsley Pit Road to the Teepee Lake trailhead. At one point, you'll do what feels like a U-turn to the left. Continue several kilometres until you reach the parking lot. Click here for a GPS map of the access road