Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 64 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge,
at the end of Murray River Forest Service Road.
Monkman Falls, several fine mountain
views, suspension bridge, lots of shade.
Remote wilderness area, the trail is
overgrown in many places, some trail erosion by the river, mosquitoes
and bugs, hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) B7.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Monkman Provincial Park - BC Parks.
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 Trail
Knee Falls Trail Hike,
Barbour Falls Trail Hike,
Hiking Route, Babcock Falls Visit,
Titanic Trail Hike,
Boulder Gardens Route
Hike, Town of Tumbler Ridge,
Tepee Falls Trail Hike,
Pinnacle Peak Route
Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR,
Monkman Falls is one of many waterfalls along
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail, which goes for 60+ kilometers and is often
hiked either just to these waterfalls (called Cascades, as there are ten
of them in quick succession), or to Monkman Lake. The information on
websites we have checked indicated 25 kilometers one way to Monkman
Lake, but also that biking is possible for the first 12 kilometers. So,
we thought if we could bike the first half of the trail to Monkman Lake,
then hiking for 26 kilometers to the lake and back to the bike wouldn't
be as daunting as trying to hike all 50 kilometers return trip. The
available information indicated that to get to Monkman Lake and back
would take three days. However, since this is June, and we are up North,
the daylight is good for 18+ hours, so we decided to try to make it to
Monkman Lake and back in one day. Here is what actually happened:
1. Before we begin the trip report, check out this
cute moose, which we encountered on the side of Highway 29 near Tumbler
Moose Near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
2. To get to Monkman Pass Memorial Trail
trailhead, follow directions to Kinuseo Falls, available at
Kinuseo Falls Visit Trip Report. The photo below is taken from the
same spot as photo #10 of that trip report. Turning right at this
intersection would lead to Kinuseo Falls a kilometer later, while going
straight would lead to Kinuseo Falls campground in about 1.3 kilometers,
and then to the parking lot by the trailhead.
Murray River Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
3. We went straight, and here is the turnoff to the campground.
Turnoff to Kinuseo Falls Campground from Murray River FSR
4. Two hundred meters later, a large parking lot ends Murray River
Forest Service Road.
Coordinates: N 54'45'903 W 121'12'402. Elevation:
870 meters. The trailhead is at the far left side.
Parking Lot by Monkman Pass Memorial Trail Trailhead
5. We are at the far left side of the parking lot, and the trailhead is
where the sign post is in the background of this photograph.
6. The trail is quite overgrown at the beginning (and in many later
parts), so your feet are bound to get wet, if you hike when the dew is
out, or after a rain. One of the good things about this trail is that
hiker registration (below, under a plastic cover) is available several
hundred meters after the trail start. For the first several kilometers, the
trail goes at the edge of the river - watch for a
few eroded parts of the trail, some of which are hidden by
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail Hiker Registration
7. Our dream of twelve kilometers of peaceful biking came to an abrupt end
very quickly, as numerous fallen trees quite often made it impossible to
go for more than a few hundred meters at once without having to stop,
dismount, haul the bike over the tree(s), and then carry on. Also, there
are numerous roots, making it for less than a serene ride. In addition,
many hazards are hidden by encroaching vegetation, and we actually
busted the front wheel on the way back because of that - it's a good
thing the end of the hike was not too far.
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
8. There are very few views for a long time, with this mountain view
(zoomed) being a rare exception.
9. And then there were more fallen trees.
10. It sure was a good work out having to haul the bike over all these
trees; but, with so many of them, the energy needed for a day-long
bike/hike began to disappear long before Monkman Lake. The most fallen
trees are between km 1 and 4.
11. This suspension bridge comes at the 7 km mark.
Suspension Bridge Monkman Pass Memorial Trail
12. It's a neat bridge indeed.
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail Suspension Bridge
13. After the bridge, there is a turnoff to a
camping area by Murray
14. The path then becomes better, smoother, and starts going up.
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail
15. Within several kilometers, you are on top of a ridge. The photo
below was taken at approximately N 54'42'225 W 121'10'097. Elevation:
Ridge at about 9 km Mark - Monkman Pass Memorial Trail BC Canada
16. Good mountain views start to (briefly) appear at the 9 km mark. It
was still cloudy at this point, but, on the way back, the sun was out,
and the views were fairly decent.
Mountain View from the ridge on Monkman Pass Trail
17. Another one.
18. A close-up of the mountain on the right.
19. So, the 12th kilometer came, and we were still biking. Not quite
sure why the BC Parks' site states biking can be done in the first
kilometers. There is for sure a VERY steep descent immediately
after the 14th km mark, but, if you are willing to push the bike up that
hill on the way back, and continue to overcome various obstacles on your
way while carrying the bike in your hands, you can certainly keep going down this trail all the
way to Monkman Falls. The photo below is between km 13 and 14.
20. This mountain view appeared shortly.
21. We left our bike at the 14 km mark, and started hiking. Here is the
beginning of that steep hill immediately after the 14 km mark. It's the
longest steep part of the trail to Monkman Falls, and it goes for several
hundred meters. Other than that, the trail is not too bad as far as
22. Soon after the path levels out, you are at the Trot
Monkman Pass Trail Trot Camp
23. In case you need a pan.
Our Monkman Falls trip report Continues on Page 2.