Location (via Chuchinka-Red Rocky FSR):
Approximately 128 km
North of Prince George: about 110 km on Highway 97 to Chuchinka-Red
Rocky FSR, and then 18.1 km on Red Rocky and Colbourne FSRs to the
Liked: Abandoned fire
lookout tower, shade, gentle grade changes, relatively few
Of note: The trail is flooded shortly after
it begins, and one has to hop around for about 100 meters to get through
the marshy area to the other side. The trail is also getting overgrown,
and your legs might get scratches without long pants. Hiking poles and
boots are recommended (if the flooded area is dry when you get there) or
essential (if it's still flooded and you do decide to hop around).
Tacheeda Mountain Trail is located off Chuchinka-Colbourne Forest
Service Road North of Prince George, and is close to several recreation sites situated by
Tacheeda Lakes. It's an easy-to-moderately challenging trail, which
leads through a featureless forest to an open area with panoramic, if
unspectacular, views. Best of all, at the end of the hike there is a
completely intact fire lookout tower, abandoned in 2007 (judging by
the journal entries), and ready for your mini-exploration, should you
make it through a fairly dangerous flooded area, which happens soon after
the beginning of the trail.
1. For directions to the trailhead, check out our previous trip report
FSR). The photo below is the same as photo #15 of that report.
Coordinates: N 54⁰42.363' W 122⁰31.752'. Elevation: 739 meters.
Chuchinka-Colbourne Forest Service Road at Tacheeda Mountain Trailhead
2. And here is a view of the trailhead when we stood in front of it on
Tacheeda Mountain Trailhead Province of BC Canada
3. Shows you how much of tree encroachment took place here - ten meters
further down the trail, there is actually a sign with the trail name,
though it's completely invisible from Chuchinka-Colbourne FSR.
Prince George Hike -
Tacheeda Mountain Trail Sign
4. The start of the trail is a fine walk in the forest. Shade, few
mosquitoes, good times.
Prince George Hiking -
Tacheeda Mountain Hiking Trail
5. But, less than ten minutes later, the easy part is
over. The trail is flooded, so turn around, if you are not willing to
risk getting wet or worse. The first obstacle is this partially
submerged log. This is where we
slipped and had to use a spare dry sock.
Tacheeda Mountain Trail Flooded
6. The other end of the log was also submerged, though
a bit less.
Partially submerged log Tacheeda Mountain Trail British Columbia
7. Crossing the first log is only the beginning. In total, you have to
hop from a dry spot to a dry spot, and cross a few more logs for about
Flooded area Tacheeda Mountain Trail BC Canada
8. Another log crossing. At least this one wasn't submerged. Hiking
poles with large baskets proved invaluable to help with balance in this
Tacheeda Mountain Trail Log Crossing
9. Finally, we are through.
Tacheeda Mountain Hiking Trail North of Prince George BC Canada
10. Then, another rather easy hike in the forest ensued, with the photo
below showing perhaps the steepest part of it all. As you can see, it's
not all that steep, and it is quite short too. The bigger challenge are
several large fallen trees, and a whole lot of plants which might
scratch your legs, if you are not wearing long pants.
Hike in Prince George area -
Tacheeda Mountain Trail
11. Two and a half hours into the hike, the biggest fallen tree obstacle
course on this trail would slow you down for a minute or two.
Fallen Trees Tacheeda Mountain Trail - Hike in British Columbia
12. Ten minutes later, there is a helicopter pad - that's the end of the
Coordinates: N 54⁰40.893' W 122⁰29.192'. Elevation: 1,282 meters (a
gain of 543 meters from the trailhead).
Helicopter pad at the end of Tacheeda Mountain Trail British Columbia
13. The view from the pad is decent, though the sun was shining in the
eyes, making for hazy views. We have substantially darkened the
following two images.
Mountains seen from the end of Tacheeda Mountain trail BC Canada
14. Another view from the helicopter pad.
View from the helicopter pad on Tacheeda Mountain Trail British Columbia
15. But, the best part of the hike, and quite a pleasant surprise,
turned out to be this fire lookout tower, located about 120 meters
behind the helicopter pad. Here is a view from the pad.
BC Hiking -
Tacheeda Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Here is our video of the views from the helicopter pad:
23. See where a blue plastic water jug is on top of a beige cupboard in
photo #19? Just to the left of that water jug is a Tacheeda Lookout
Tacheeda lookout daily journal
24. Inside the journal, which was at first used by the fire lookout
tower personnel, hikers started to leave short messages about themselves
and their hike. We have left a message too - you will be able to read it
if you make it to the tower :-)
25. And, speaking of the beige cupboard - there is still a lot of food
left inside, all of which expired many years ago. But, as a historical
artefact, this food, like this entire place, is cool.
If you manage to get through the flooded area at the beginning of the
hike, Tacheeda Mountain Trail is recommended for gentle grades, lots of
shade, and, of course, the tower.