Trail Map

Quick Facts

Distance: 11km Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 1050m
Difficulty: Challenging
Time: ~6hrs
Season: Summer
Parking: Lots


Driving Access: Minimum high clearance 2wd is recommended but road conditions can deteriorate, especially the last 2 kms.  As with any backcountry road, conditions can change radically from one season to the next so make sure you are well prepared.

Take Highway 3A north of Creston to Wynndel.  Continue approximately 27 km from the Wynndel store north on Highway 3A to the Sanca Creek Bridge.  Sanca Creek Road is approximately 300 meters north of the bridge on the east side of highway.  Sanca Creek Road continues approximately 17.5 km to the trail head.  It is a decent gravel road that follows the Sanca Creek ravine into the Purcell Mountains but deteriorates further along.  Keep straight at 2.8 km, bear left at 9.5 km, straight at 9.8 km (10 km sign may be visible).  Stay right at 14 km where the road is marked for Haystack.  The road turns right at 15.6 km, cross the bridge.  The road gets steeper and rougher and may not be suitable for driving past here.  The trail head parking area is located at km 17.6 at 1673 meters elevation.

Elevation Profile

Haystack Profile

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