Distance From Vancouver:
196 km. First, drive 140 km on Highway 1 East to Exit 168, then take
Silver Skagit Road for 56.1 km.
Peacefulness, well-maintained trail, creek views, some mountain views.
Of note: Remote
wilderness area with no cell phone signal and, likely, no other people
(especially on a weekday). The trail is not marked, making it impossible
to follow with the snow on the ground. Trekking poles, hiking boots and
sun protection (if sunny) are highly recommended.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook
Coordinates: Page 6
(Skagit Valley) E6-F6-G6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
103 Hikes in Southwestern British
Columbia (2008 edition): hike #78. The
latest edition is
available at Chapters.ca.
Skagit Valley Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.
Other Trips in Hope Area:
Skagit River Trail,
Silver Skagit Road (Skagit Valley Provincial Park),
Mount Outram Trail Hike,
Eaton Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Hope Lookout Trail
Hike, Town of Hope BC.
Skyline II Trail is located in Skagit Valley Provincial Park. The terrain of this hike is
moderately difficult, with some easy stretches. We hiked the trail until
stopped by deep snow. As the trail is not marked, it was impossible to
follow it any further. We did get some mountain views, making it a
worthwhile hike. This trail goes all the way to Highway 3 at Manning
Provincial Park, so, if you have two vehicles, it is possible to make it
a one-way trip.
To get to Skyline II trail, you need to take
Silver Skagit Road, which we describe in our
1. We are at the 56.1 km of
Silver Skagit Road, and Skyline II Trail parking area is seen on the left
side of the photo.
Silver Skagit Road Skagit Valley Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
2. The map of the Skyline II
Trail as seen at the parking area info stand. We planned to go to Mowich
Camp and back, but could not even reach the Hozameen Ridge Trail
Skyline II Trail Map Photo
3. The trail begins. The
distances are indicated as follows: 13 km to Mowich Camp (elevation
1,310 meters), and 25 km to the Strawberry Flats (Highway 3 trail end).
Photo of Skyline II Trail Entrance BC Canada
4. Your best chance to get your
feet wet comes immediately after the beginning of the hike. This creek
does not look threatening, but the branches you step on give way very
easily, and without the support of the trekking poles crossing without
getting wet would be problematic.
Skyline II Trail Picture Province of British Columbia Canada
5. And then the hike continues
through a mostly featureless forest. The path is quite wide and fairly
smooth by hiking standards, with few roots and stones to trip you.
Skyline II Trail Skagit Valley Provincial Park BC Canada
6. There are numerous
switchbacks on this trail. This is good for making the hike less
strenuous. But, with the snow on the ground, getting lost would be very
easy, as this is the first such a long hiking trail that I can remember
that is not marked at all, aside from two or three flagging tapes.
Switchback on Skyline II Trail Province of BC Canada
7. The only real attraction
before the arrival of the mountain views is this bridge across a
picturesque creek. The bridge is quite old and worn out, but still looks
and feels very sturdy.
Bridge Across a Creek at Skyline II Trail British Columbia Canada
8. The creek view is quite good
Skyline II Trail Creek Photograph
9. Here is a good obstacle for
you to tackle, as these trees have fallen in such a way that it is quite
challenging to go either over or under the trees. Solution: detour on
the left side.
Skyline II Trail Obstacle Province of British Columbia Canada
10. At about the 9 km mark, we
very deep snow.
Snow on Skyline II Trail BC Canada
11. The trail is not marked, so
where to go from here?
12. Time to go back. We tied two
ribbons to a tree to indicate the point we have reached, and to mark the
trail a little bit.
Skyline II Trail British Columbia Canada
13. It was not just a good
exercise, though. Shortly before hitting the snow, we've got a full view of a
mountain that kept appearing through the trees for several kilometers
prior to that.
Mountains seen from Skyline II Trail BC Canada
14. Nice peak indeed.
15. And to the right there were
other mountains too.
Skyline II Trail View BC Canada
16. Finally, unusual clouds made
the day even more interesting.
Alright, so, we have not reached
the best views, but have seen enough to make it a good trip. If you
decide to take this trail, beware of the snow, which is so deep and so
early in the trail that it would take probably until the beginning of
September for it to melt. But, chances are, it would not melt completely
this year at all. If you want a trail in this area which likely stays
snow-free for most of the year, check out our next trip along Skagit
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