Welcome to Chilcotin & Highway 20
Long spoken about by drivers in hushed and concerned tones, Hwy 20 has received steady improvement and is now more than 90% paved. However, the unpaved section remains a doozy: The Hill is a 30km stretch of gravel that's 386km west of Williams Lake. It descends 1524m from Heckman's Pass to the valley, which is nearly at sea level, through a series of sharp switchbacks and 11% grades. But by taking your time and using low gear, you'll actually enjoy the stunning views. It's safe for all vehicles – visitors in rented SUVs will be humbled when a local in a Ford beater zips past.