Trip 087 - July 2, 2015 (Thursday)

Boulder Gardens Route Hike

Near Tumbler Ridge BC

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Northeastern British Columbia, about 40 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge.

Liked: View of boulders, the route is a circuit, the route is well-marked and is fairly easy, strong wind kept most mosquitoes away, easy access via Highway 52 and industrial roads.

Of note: No cell phone signal, numerous dangerous crevices and steep drop-offs, wind gusts, hiking boots and poles highly recommended.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) D5. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at

Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area: Bootski Lake Trail Hike, Mount Clifford Trail Hike, Cowmoose Mountain Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike, Stone Corral Trail Hike, Monkman Falls, Bergeron Cliffs Trail Hike, Bergeron Falls, Nesbitt's Knee Falls, Barbour Falls, Holzworth Meadows Hiking Route, Babcock Falls, Shipyard & Titanic Trail Hike, Tepee Falls, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Kinuseo Falls, Pinnacle Peak Route Hike, Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR.

Boulder Gardens Route is a unique hike, as you get to see numerous haphazard rock formations, some of which are simply fantastic. The route is easy-to-moderate, but, considering much rock-hopping is involved, it would be a good idea to hike Boulder Gardens only when the ground and, especially, the stones are completely dry. Also, due to frequent wind gusts, stay away from the edges of numerous steep drop-offs found along this route.

19. Once you approach the chimney, you can either squeeze up (very uncomfortable) to get to the top, or turn to the right just before the stones seen on the photo below, and achieve the same objective without endangering yourself (this time, anyway).

Path to Rock Chimney - Boulder Gardens Route BC Canada

20. And then you get to see a boulder garden.

Boulder Garden Hiking Route View From Rock Chimney Observation Point

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21. The next side trip on the circular route is "Lichen Towers."

Boulder Gardens Route Split to Lichen Towers

22. A short path gets you there.

Path to Lichen Towers - Boulder Gardens Route British Columbia

23. Then, you do some rock-hopping and get to see this.

Boulder Gardens Route View from Lichen Towers Side Trip

24. As well as a fossilized big-screen TV.

Lichen Towers Side Trip - Boulder Gardens Hiking Route by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

25. Back on the circular route we pass by Boulder Tarn.

Boulder Gardens Hiking Route Photo of Boulder Tarn

26. "Pancake Rocks" are next.

Boulder Gardens View of Pancake Rocks

27. Made by the nature.

Photo of Pancake Rocks - Boulder Gardens Route by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

28. That's some serious pancakes.

View From Boulder Gardens Hiking Route British Columbia Canada

29. Looking from another angle.

View From Boulder Gardens Hiking Route

30. The last short side trip is called "Two Towers".

Boulder Gardens Circular Route Split With Two Towers Side Trip

31. Once you get there, here is the view.

Boulder Gardens Hiking Route View From Two Towers Side Trip

32. And one more.

View From Boulder Gardens Hiking Route British Columbia Canada

33. This big fella sure looks like it wants to slide down, doesn't it?

Boulder Gardens Hiking Route Northeastern British Columbia Canada

34. Back again at the circular route, we pass by the area called "Grassi Grind." This is where the trail gets complicated at times, and where you might be glad you've got hiking boots and poles.

Grassi Grind Part of Boulder Gardens Hiking Route BC Canada

35. Nice.

View From Boulder Gardens Hiking Route by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

36. Getting closer to the end.

Boulder Gardens Hiking Route near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

37. Almost there.

Photo of Boulder Gardens Hiking Route British Columbia Canada

38. And we are back at the starting point, with the parking area straight ahead.

The entire hike took us less than three hours. Boulder Gardens is highly recommended for the great views and a relatively easy path. Just be aware of the inherent dangers of this trail.

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