This is a newly constructed trail and has become the standard route on Byers Peak. It is probably the easiest route and there is some easy class 2 scrambling on the last part of the ridge. The summit is 4.4 miles from the trailhead and has 3000 feet altitude gain.
ApproachThere are a few routes to get to the trailhead, but this one may be best. From Highway 40 at the shopping center near the canter of Fraser, turn south on County Road 72 for .2 miles. Turn right on Fraser Parkway for .8 miles. Turn left on County Road 73 and follow it for 7 miles. There are a few side tracks, but stay on the main road. Make a left here and drive to the parking lot at end of the road. This section of road is slow going, but you should be able to manage it with no trouble without a 4WD vehicle. The Old Byers Peak/Bottle Pass Trailhead is located backdown the road another .4 miles and is at a clearly marked parking lot.
Route DescriptionNote: This trail is not the one shown on the topo map.
From the gate, follow the closed road through several switchbacks for 1.6 miles to the beginning of the trail. Bikes are allowed on the closed road so you can save time by biking this first part instead of walking, if you so desire.
From the actually beginning of the Byers Peak Trail, follow the well marked trail east and slightly south to a west-east tending ridge near point 11,052. After topping the ridge, the trail more or less follows it until reaching the hard-to-see Old Byers Peak Trail at the timberline at 11,600 feet. There is supposed to be a sign at the junction, but it was gone in August 2003. For this reason, the Old Byers Peak Trail is hard to spot.
From the junction, the trail follows the north ridge of Byers Peak to the summit. There is some easy class 2 scrambling on the last part of the ridge.
The summit is 4.4 miles from the trailhead and has 3000 feet altitude gain.