- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 3km
- Elevation Gain 70 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver 1 hour 40 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
The Seven Sisters Trail is a short hike in the Cultus Lake area to a grove of old-growth douglas fir trees. There once were "seven" of the enormous trees, however as they reach their elder years, some have fallen and there are only three that remain standing today. The trees are located within a small loop and their sheer size are impressive.
The trail can either be started from the Entrance Bay Campground or the Clear Creek Campground. This description explains how to reach the trail starting from the Entrance Bay Campground as day-use visitors can park in the nearby Entrance Bay Picnic Area parking lot.
The trailhead is a bit tricky to find as it starts up the hill, inside the Entrance Bay Campground along the access road. Walk up the paved road and watch for a sign on your right side marking the beginning of the trail. Begin your hike as the trail heads uphill quickly and into the forested area. The trail passes through a 2nd generation growth forest, lush with greenery and lichen. Cross a small wooden bridge and continue hiking as the trail weaves its way up and around a small hill.
Only a short distance later and you reach some wooden boardwalks and a BC Parks sign with information about the trees. This marks the beginning of the small loop as you are standing next to the first of three "Seven Sisters" that are still standing. Walk up the wooden steps to your left as it follows next to one of the fallen trees. Continue walking around the short look, looking for the huge douglas fir trees.
Once you return to the point where you began, you can walk back to the Entrance Bay Campground the same way that you arrived. The path that goes off in the other direction takes you to the Clear Creek Campground. Note that there is no path that connects the two campgrounds near the lake and you would have to walk back alongside the road, which is not recommended.
If you are looking for a longer hike, you can connect to the Teapot Hill trail by following the trail towards the Clear Creek Campground and going left at a junction just before the campground. This will take you along a trail that connects to the beginning of the Teapot Hill trail.