Headed up for a day trip to Lillooet and thought I'd wander up the Red Rock overlook trail, which heads off from the end of Victoria street in Lillooet.
This is my kind of hike these days, Short, Steep and Scenic. It's a 7.0 km return steady, reasonably strenuous climb of about 1,800 ft along an old, heavily weathered FSR. There are no steps, the path is loose gravel much of the way. It's best to use a hiking pole on descent. About 1/3 way up you'll find a lovely viewpoint equipped with a few deck chairs and a spot for a campfire.
This is not a hike to do on a sunny warm day, it's very exposed until forest cover returns 1/2 way up. Take water, use sunscreen.
There is no TH sign, the locals keep this to themselves. The summit affords magnificent views of the Fraser River, surrounding ranges and the town below. There is a large cross at the overlook erected in memorium to a local man
Done at a good tempo this hike will get the heart lungs + legs pumping nicely. Very hi value hike. Do it!
Thanks for the trip report. We are heading into Lillooet in a couple of days on our way to the Chilcotin and this would be the perfect afternoon post-drive walk!
This is a very good, short, steep push to excellent views. If you go in the afternoon be careful of the sun. The trail is on a very exposed south aspect slope. It can get really hot. The trail re-enters standing timber about 2/3 of the way up but until then there is very little shade.
Also, be mindful there is no trailhead sign. At the end of Victoria St. there is a cul de sac to park in. The trail just heads off on a gravel path, along the sidehill past the light industry businesses below. It shortly turns onto a service road for the Lillooet water supply. Head up that road for a bit then turn sharp right when you see the small sign. Picture attached