Trophy Mountains Hike Oct. 12, 2022

Isaac drove to my place and we left Kamloops at around 6:30 and headed north to Wells Gray Provincial Park. The goal was to spend as much of the day in the alpine as possible and try to locate White-tailed Ptarmigan. In the end, we did not find any ptarmigan this time but still had a great day in a gorgeous place with some fantastic sightings and scenery.

The hike is roughly 1 hour 45 minutes (with some stops to look at birds) to the alpine and then we spent the rest of the day covering the alpine areas looking for ptarmigan. The photos show that the weather was best case scenario.

Access road in
One of the 11 Spruce Grouse encountered yesterday.
Roadside Boreal Chickadee on the road up to the parking lot.
The Trophy Meadows that is full of wildflowers in early summer.
Some early morning frost in the shade but still clear of snow and quite warm for just over 2000 m.
Sheila Lake at the beginning of the alpine areas.
One of the many shallow ponds at the top above the treeline.
A glacial valley dropping down from the top.
Ptarmigan habitat but no ptarmigan…

Wells Gray Provincial Park–Trophy Mountain, Thompson-Nicola, British Columbia, CA

Oct 12, 2022 9:15 AM – 5:20 PM

Protocol: Traveling

11.0 kilometer(s)

15 species

Spruce Grouse  8

Bald Eagle  2

American Three-toed Woodpecker  2

Canada Jay  10

Steller’s Jay  1

Common Raven  2

Boreal Chickadee  6

Golden-crowned Kinglet  3

Red-breasted Nuthatch  2

Pacific Wren  1

Bohemian Waxwing  3

Pine Siskin  15

Lapland Longspur  2

Dark-eyed Junco  5

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  1

On the gravel access road in and out we added birds such as Barred Owl, Varied Thrush, and Ruffed Grouse.

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