Trip 110 - July 1, 2016 (Friday)

The Stone Corral Trail Hike

Monkman Provincial Park by Tumbler Ridge BC

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Trailhead Location:
Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 61 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge, near the end of Murray River Forest Service Road.

Liked: Stone Corral (lake), mountain views, various natural views, the upper part of the trail is a loop.

Of note: The trail is overgrown in some places, some steep parts, hiking poles and boots are highly recommended, both caves are tiny and look substantially more appealing from outside than inside.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) B6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Websites: Monkman Provincial Park - BC Parks.

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



Stone Corral trail is located in Monkman Provincial Park off Murray River Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge. It's only a few kilometers away from Kinuseo Falls, but hardly gets any visitors, compared to its much more famous fellow natural attraction. And it's a shame, because Stone Corral has some very neat views, as well as two tiny caves, which just might thrill the kids.

1. We are driving on Murray River FSR towards the Stone Corral trail. For directions on how to get to Murray River Forest Service Road, please check out Kinuseo Falls trip report.


Murray River Forest Service Road by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

2. The trailhead is located on the left side of Murray River FSR, 48 kilometers after the turnoff from Highway 52. Coordinates: N 54'46'253' W 121'10'318. Elevation: 865 meters. If you have reached Kinuseo Falls turnoff, you have gone 1.7 km too far. Here is the turnoff to the Stone Corral trail. A much less impressive Jade Falls / Jade Lake trail is located across from Murray River FSR from the Stone Corral trail.


Murray FSR at the Stone Corral trailhead turnoff

3. Here is the view immediately after you turn left. A pit toilet is available behind the trees.


The Stone Corral trailhead

4. The map of the trail. The trailhead is on the upper right side of the map.


The Stone Corral trail map and hazards

5. Off we go.


The Stone Corral Trail off Murray River FSR by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

6. Fifteen minutes later, we are at a neat marshy lake.


Lake View Stone Corral Trail British Columbia Canada

7. This trail can get steep at times.


The Stone Corral Trail Monkman Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

8. The trail splits half an hour into the hike, allowing to walk the upper part of the trail in a circle. We kept right, as recommended by the arrow.


The Stone Corral Trail - Circle Trail Start

9. Soon, we have reached the most overgrown part of the trail.


Overgrown Stone Corral Trail

10. Another neat lake follows shortly.


View from the Stone Corral trail in Monkman Provincial Park BC Canada

11. More steepness awaits.


The Stone Corral Trail

12. And then a reward - a multi-coloured Stone Corral lake.


Stone Corral Lake Monkman Provincial Park British Columbia

13. Past the lake, a turnoff to the Corral Cave on the left side.


The Stone Corral Lake turnoff to the Corral Cave

14. A short steep climb to the cave.


Path to the Corral Cave

15. The entrance looked intriguing, but the cave itself turned out to be so tiny and unappealing, that we didn't bother posting the photos.


The Corral Cave entrance

16. Back on the main trail, what a neat scene.


The Stone Corral Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada

17. Getting up that ladder allows for a good view of the Stone Corral lake below.


The Stone Corral Lake BC Canada

18. Just a bit further and looking right, we see the observation platform at the top of a cliff.


View from the Stone Corral trail

19. Now at the observation platform, 1 hour 7 minutes from the start of the hike. Coordinates: N 54'45'845 W 121'10'729. Elevation: 992 meters (127 meters elevation gain from the trailhead).


The Stone Corral trail observation platform Monkman Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

20. Looking to the left, there is Castle Mountain.


Castle Mountain Northeastern British Columbia Canada

Here is our video from the observation platform:

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21. A split to Porcupine Cave comes soon after the observation platform.


The Stone Corral Cave turnoff to Porcupine Cave

22. Within a minute, we are at the Porcupine Cave. Same deal as before - quite an impressive entrance, but the cave, though a bit larger, is not all that impressive. The kids might think otherwise, of course.


Porcupine Cave entrance - the Stone Corral trail Monkman Provincial Park BC Canada

23. Be careful, if you are not very lean, as you might get stuck at the entrance, since it's not as wide as it looks on the photo. Apparently, there is a slightly wider entrance on the other side of the cave, but, somehow, we missed it.


Porcupine Cave entrance - the Stone Corral trail

24. Looking from inside of the cave to the outside.


Looking from inside of the Porcupine Cave

25. Steep descent on the way back.


The Stone Corral Trail British Columbia

26. And here is Jade Falls - you can get there by hiking a trail, which starts across Murray FSR from the Stone Corral trail. Once on Jade Falls trail, keep left from the start, and you would be at the falls within 10 minutes. You can complete a loop trail in an hour or so, but there is very little to see aside from the falls and a (somewhat) picturesque lake. Hiking boots and poles would be highly recommended for this trail too.


Jade Falls Monkman Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

The Stone Corral trail is one of the best attractions of Monkman Provincial Park.


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