Location: Northeastern British Columbia, about 42 kilometers
Southeast of Tumbler Ridge.
Liked: Natural views,
meeting several marmots, fairly easy path.
No cell phone signal, numerous dangerous crevices and steep drop-offs,
wind gusts. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
44 (Tumbler Ridge) D5.
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Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike,
Stone Corral Trail Hike,
Bergeron Cliffs Trail
Hike, Bergeron Falls,
Nesbitt's Knee Falls,
Hiking Route, Babcock Falls,
Boulder Gardens Hiking
Town of Tumbler Ridge,
Pinnacle Peak Route
Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR.
Shipyard & Titanic trail is located just a few
kilometers further up the road from Boulder Gardens route. Shipyard &
Titanic has several great views, and there is an option to extend the
hike by climbing a small mountain at the end of the trail to explore the
alpine area. Marmots live along this trail, and you are likely to see at
least one of them, as these creatures are very curious, and come out
from their hiding places to see what is going on.
25. It's hard to describe the safest way to go up Pink
Mountain, but what worked for us was going up the left side first, and
then slowly making our way in the opposite direction, while gaining
26. Neat "pancake" stones (hello,
27. Looking back.
28. Titanic at the bottom.
Looking From Above at Shipyard & Titanic Trail Near Tumbler Ridge
British Columbia Canada
29. Looking right. In photo #22, we saw "Titanic" from this wedge-y
"Titanic Rock" (seen on the right side of the photo below).
And at the bottom of the photo below is the part of Pink Mountain
that we have already climbed.
30. Now comes the "moving in the opposite direction
while slowly gaining altitude" part.
31. One more look back. The large green open space in the
middle of the photo is the part of Shipyard & Titanic trail seen on
Shipyard And Titanic Trail Seen From Above
32. It took about 35 minutes to get to the top of Pink
Mountain. Wide and mostly flat alpine area opened before our eyes. And
the strangest thing was finding a never-ending row of small stakes
accurately sitting in the ground, with about ten meters separating one
stake from the next.
33. Intrigued, we decided to follow the stakes to see
where they would lead us. It turned out that this is the route for the
annual Emperor's Challenge mountain half-marathon, and we were in the
vicinity of the 12th kilometer.
Emperor's Challenge Course Near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
34. So, we kept following the stakes, while admiring
35. Melting snow formed an alpine pond, which covered
some of the Emperor's Challenge stakes. The race is held in August, by
Alpine Pond by Emperor's Challenge Half-Marathon Course by Tumbler Ridge
36. And the views kept getting better and better.
37. To our left we found an industrial road, with
Quintette Mine seen in the middle of the photo, and with the Tumbler
Ridge aerodrome runway seen at the 2 o-clock position.
38. Far ahead we spotted a weather station, and
decided to check it out. The Emperor's Challenge stakes were going in
that direction too.
39. Here is the station.
Coordinates: N 54'56'333 W
121'00'170. It took about fifty minutes to get here from the top of Pink
Weather Station on a Mountain by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
40. It was very windy in the alpine area, and the
windbreaker's hood came very handy. We had a lunch break by the weather
station, and then went further ahead for a few hundred meters.
41. Just about here, the stakes of the Emperor's
Challenge veered to the left, and we made a turnaround and went back,
though slightly to the left of the path we took to get up to this point.
42. Approaching the pond seen in photo #35.
43. And we are back at the top of Pink Mountain,
44. After that, we got back to the parking area, and
decided to check out Tarn & Towers trail, located to the left of
Shipyard & Titanic.
Tarn & Towers Trailhead near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
45. Here is the tarn.
46. The boardwalk.
Boardwalk - Tarn & Towers Trail BC Canada
47. The path.
Tarn And Towers Trail Near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
48. And, seven minutes after the start of the trail,
End of Hike View Tarn & Towers Trail BC Canada
If you are in the Tumbler Ridge area, Shipyard &
Titanic trail is certainly a hike you would not want to miss.
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