Via Monkman Pass Memorial Trail by Tumbler Ridge
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Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 64 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge.
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.
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24. One of the most overgrown parts of the trail
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail British Columbia Canada
25. Things start to get interesting between km 18 and 19, as the turnoff
seen on the photo below allows you to visit several waterfalls by
completing a loop, though a sign says that the recommended direction is
straight, since turning right would lead to a steep part of the trail.
Monkman Pass Memorial Trail
26. Here is that sign.
27. Thus, we went straight and went over this picturesque creek
Creek Crossing Monkman Pass Trail
28. Soon after the creek crossing, there is an option of exploring
several waterfalls and getting to Cascades campsite by turning right, or
continuing on to Monkman Lake by going straight.
29. Being short of time, we abandoned the goal of reaching Monkman Lake, turned right, and good views started appearing in abundance.
30. Zooming in.
31. It takes 10-15 minutes from the turnoff to get to Monkman Falls,
though this sign post is confusing, as we have reached the viewpoint by
going more to the right than the arrow indicates. Perhaps, there is
another viewpoint there, or a way to get to the bottom of the
Falls? We did not have time to find out.
32. Going more to the right than the arrow indicated.
33. Here it is - three waterfalls in one place - very impressive. Made this entire
trip worth the exhaustion and the busted bicycle wheel. As you can see,
the trees are starting to get in the way, but it's probably possible to
get to the bottom of the cliff for an unobstructed view.
54'38'195 W 121'09'462. Elevation: 1,084 meters.
40. And this is a mountain view from that ridge at around 9-10 km mark,
once the sun came out on the way back.
View from Monkman Pass Memorial Trail British Columbia Canada
41. Also on the way back we met this mama grouse...
Adult Female Grouse
42...and four of her chicks, with this one being the most curious.
It took about 6 hours and 40 minutes each way, and around 40 minutes at
the waterfall, for a total trip time of nearly 14 hours. Monkman Falls
hike deserves a place in the top 3 of most exhausting ever (along with
the leader -
Christina Falls Hike, and
Mount Outram Hike).
There are many great views out there which we did not get to see because
there was no time. To take full advantage of this area, you would
definitely need to have an overnight trip.