Location: Northeastern British Columbia.
Bullmoose Mine Road starts approximately 20 kilometers North of
Tumbler Ridge off Highway 29, while Windfall Creek Forest Service
Road branches off Bullmoose Mine Road at km 17.2, and goes for
approximately 60 kilometers.
Several natural views, meeting a porcupine, access to four trails.
Of note: Remote area, no
cell phone signal; potholes are rare, but they sneak up on you.
There are several trouble spots on Windfall Creek FSR, where the road may
soon be eroded. Also, several short stretches of potential rockfall on Windfall
July 2016 Update:
Windfall Creek FSR at least to the 24.3 km mark now has numerous deep potholes,
including a suspension-busting cross-ditch at the 22.0 km mark.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Beginning of the Road: Page 44 (Tumbler
Coordinates for the Beginning of the FSR: Page
43 (Mount Crum) F2.
Trips Off Bullmoose Mine Road:
Mountain Trail Hike,
Windfall Lake Trail Hike,
Pinnacle Peak Route
Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Windfall Lake Trail Hike,
Stone Corral Trail Hike,
Bergeron Cliffs Trail
Hike, Bergeron Falls,
Nesbitt's Knee Falls,
Titanic Trail Hike,
Boulder Gardens Route
Town of Tumbler Ridge,
Other Forest Service Roads Trips:
(by Harrison Mills),
Chuchinka-Colbourne (North of Prince George),
Clear Creek (off
Harrison East), Harrison
East Second Trip,
Lost Creek (by Mission),
Parsnip West (by Mackenzie),
Shovel Creek (off
Creek (by Hope),
Squamish River Main,
Squamish River FSR Washout.
Bullmoose Mine Road and Windfall Creek Forest Service
Road (which branches off Bullmoose) lead to four trails. Along Bullmoose
Mine Road, there are several camping areas, and we have seen a large
group occupying one of the spots. Since this part of
British Columbia is away from major roads or populated places, even on a weekend we have encountered very few people.
Points of Interest for Bullmoose
Mine Road and its offshoot, D33H Road:
||Good Mountain View
||Windfall Creek FSR Start
||No Further Access on Bullmoose
Mine Road (Gate)
||D33H Rd Ends (chiselled rock
Points of Interest for Windfall
Creek Forest Service Road:
Holzworth Meadows Trailhead
||First Good Mountain View
Before a Bridge
Windfall Lake Trail &
Peak Route Turnoff
Pothole After a Bridge
||End of our forward progress -
good turnaround area
1. We are Southbound on Highway 29, between Chetwynd
and Tumbler Ridge, approximately 20 kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge.
The sign with an arrow on the right side of the photo states "Bullmoose Gas Plant 15 km".
BC Highway 29 near Bullmoose Mine Road
2. The turnoff just down the road.
BC Highway 29 South Turnoff to Bullmoose Mine Road
3. Bullmoose Mine Road immediately after the turnoff.
Zero your odometer here, if you want to follow the first table above. There
are mileage markers on the road too, and they mostly (but not quite)
reflect the mileage for landmarks in the table.
Bullmoose Mine Road Near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
4. Bullmoose Mine Road is paved and is fairly smooth.
We have spotted three mountain goats in the distance on the left side of
the road, but they ran too fast for us to take a photo. Backroad Mapbook
indicates that there is a goat viewing area not far from the Bullmoose
Plant (but you would need to get through a gate, so the viewing area may
or may not be accessible - no idea how it works down there).
Bullmoose Mine Road BC Canada
5. There are not too many great views on this road,
but, at km 13.5, there is a good mountain view on
the left (slightly zoomed).
Mountain View off Bullmoose Mine Road
Cowmoose Mountain Trail
access road turnoff (on the right
side) arrives at km 15.5. A blue sign indicates 4 km to
the trail (though it's actually 5.1 km).
Bullmoose Mine Road Turnoff to Cowmoose Mine Trail
7. At km 17.2 of Bullmoose Mine Road, Windfall Creek Forest Service
Road begins on
the left side.
Coordinates: N 55'08'396 W 121'28'109. Elevation: 1,060
meters. A blue sign indicates 13 km to
and 25 km to Windfall Lake Trail and
Pinnacle Peak Route.
Bullmoose Mine Road Turnoff to Windfall Creek Forest Service Road
8. We will cover Windfall Creek FSR shortly, but, for
the time being, we are still on Bullmoose Mine Road, which soon ends for
unauthorized people at
this gate. Bullmoose Mine Falls can be seen behind the gate. A sign on
the gate warns against trespassing.
Bullmoose Mine Falls
9. It is possible to drive further for a few
minutes along D33H road, which starts immediately to the
right of the closed gate. You would drive by a few small lakes, and then
D33H Road by Bullmoose Mine Road near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
10. There is at least one more side road there too, but
this one ends on top of the hill seen in the photo above. There is a gas
industry installation with a backdrop of a neat chiselled rock.
Coordinates: N 55'06'859 W 121'31'699. Elevation: 1,310 meters.
11. The rest of the trip report will cover Windfall
Creek FSR. As mentioned in the photo #7 caption, this forest service road begins at
km 17.2 of Bullmoose Mine Road. Windfall Creek FSR leads to three
trails, and also has a former school bus converted into a shelter. The
decent views are few while you are driving, though. Hiking the trails is
a different matter. The good news is that low-clearance vehicles
at present would certainly make it to Holzworth Meadows trailhead (km 13
of the FSR) at the very least. The bad news is that there are a few
problematic spots, which might soon make Windfall Creek FSR
impassable for all but very capable 4WD vehicles. But, the start of the
road is promising.
Windfall Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
12. There are good mountain views here and there.
Windfall Creek Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada
13. Then, at km 17.5, there is this "day use and
emergency" shelter, placed by snowmobilers.
Windfall Creek FSR Shelter
14. Inside the shelter. Note the stove.
Inside the Windfall Creek Forest Service Road Shelter BC Canada
15. As we were approaching the shelter bus, some animal
started making moves under the shelter. Turned out to be a porcupine.
Porcupine on Windfall Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
16. Immediately after the shelter, there is a small
bridge, of which there are quite a few on Windfall Creek FSR. Deep
potholes are developing before the bridge. For now, large pieces of wood
are used to make a small "bridge" before the bridge, but the situation
does not look promising for low-clearance vehicles.
Bridge on Windfall Creek FSR
17. A fine mountain view further down the road.
Mountain View Windfall Creek Forest Service Road BC Canada
18. And, at km 24.3, a turnoff to
Lake Trail and Pinnacle Peak Route.
Windfall Creek FSR Turnoff to Windfall Lake Trail and Pinnacle Peak
19. Continuing further down Windfall Creek Forest
Service Road. Not much to see, really, as you drive between logged out
areas on a rather smooth road, and occasionally slam on the brakes to
avoid hitting an unexpected pothole.
Picture of Windfall Creek FSR British Columbia Canada
20. A good example of two common things on this FSR: a
small bridge and a logged out area.
Logged Out Area Windfall Creek Forest Service Road British Columbia
21. We stopped our forward progress soon before the
apparent end of the road (judging by the map in Backroad Mapbook). This
is a good place for a turnaround.
Coordinates: N 55'07'539 W 121'45'174.
Windfall Creek FSR BC Canada
22. On our way back, we took a photo of another
problem area: just beyond the bridge at km 28.6 of Windfall Creek
FSR (or just before the bridge,
when you are driving up the road into the wilderness) there is a washout
in progress, and the water was still flowing despite a sunny day, and it
being generally dry in the area.
Coordinates: N 55'03'845 W 121'38'686.
Potential Washout Area Windfall Creek FSR
23. A good view.
Windfall Creek Forest Service Road Tumbler Ridge Area British Columbia
24. And we are back at Bullmoose Mine Road.
Windfall Creek FSR at Bullmoose Mine Road
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Bullmoose Mine Road and Windfall Creek FSR