Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia. The trailhead is located
off Windfall Creek Forest Service Road, which begins off Bullmoose Mine
Road, which, in turn, starts off BC Highway 29, approximately 20
kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge.
The views of the lake and mountains, shade in the
forest, virtually no mosquitoes, information boards, the second half of
the trail can be done in a loop.
Some parts of the trail are steep, hiking boots
and poles highly recommended, Windfall Creek FSR has numerous deep
potholes, including a suspension-busting cross-ditch at the 22.0 km
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Page 43 (Mount Crum) E4.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
Bullmoose Mine Road &
Windfall Creek FSR.
WNMS Windfall Lake Trail
Brochure (PDF File).
Other Trips Off Bullmoose Mine Road:
Mountain Trail Hike,
Pinnacle Peak Route
Hike.Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Mount Clifford Trail Hike,
Stone Corral Trail Hike,
Bergeron Cliffs Trail
Hike, Bergeron Falls,
Nesbitt's Knee Falls,
Titanic Trail Hike,
Boulder Gardens Route
Town of Tumbler Ridge,
Windfall Lake trail shares the trailhead with Pinnacle Peak Route, but
within the first fifty meters these trails go their separate ways,
though it is technically possible to do a giant loop trail, start hiking
one trail, and finish at the end of the other. For directions to
Windfall Lake Trailhead, please see
Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR trip report, and
Route Hike trip report.
1. We are at the shared Pinnacle Peak Route / Windfall lake trailhead,
with very useful trail brochures neatly stored for your enjoyment inside
the wooden boxes attached to the tree seen on the photo below.
Coordinates: N 55'01'271 W 121'37'101. Elevation: 1230 meters.
Windfall Lake Trailhead near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
2. Within a minute, Pinnacle Peak Route trail takes a left turn, and
Windfall Lake trail continues straight ahead, with several interesting
information boards attached to trees. Photos of two such boards are at
the end of this trip report.
Windfall Lake Trail near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
3. The first part of the trail is through a forest, with little
Windfall Lake trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada
4. But your blood pressure might get elevated upon seeing THIS on the
Bear paw footprint - Windfall Lake trail BC Canada
5. A sturdy boardwalk allows to keep your feet dry while walking through
an especially wet area.
Boardwalk on Windfall Lake trail near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
6. Things get serious soon after the 3 km mark. There is a split, with
the trail on the left is where you would emerge should you choose to go
a circular route. Or you can get to the lake and hike back the same way.
Coordinates at the split: N 54'59'776 W 121'37'867. Elevation: 1,422
Windfall Lake trail circular route split
7. We took the path to the right towards the lake, and the steepest part of
the trail appeared in no time. There is even a rope to assist - it's a
tricky area, especially if wet.
Windfall Lake trail British Columbia Canada
8. The steep part doesn't last for very long, and soon you are walking
through a meadow, with mountain views appearing too.
Windfall Lake trail BC Canada
Windfall Lake trail near Tumbler Ridge BC
10. Just a bit further...
Approaching Windfall Lake in BC Canada
11...and here is the lake - looking right.
Coordinates for Windfall Lake
at this point: N 54'59'296 W 121'38'308. Elevation: 1,508 meters.
Windfall Lake BC Canada
12. Looking straight.
Windfall Lake in Northeastern British Columbia Canada
13. Looking left.
Windfall Lake by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
14. Once you reach Windfall Lake, there are several further hiking
options. We decided to do the circular route. To do that, turn left and
walk along the side of the lake until the slope to your left more or
less has no trees, so you can go up without being tripped by the roots
and scratched by branches. Here we are walking along the lake. At the
end of the lake on the left side there are four flat areas to pitch
tents, as well as four bear-proof containers.
Hiking by Windfall Lake BC Canada
15. Ascending the slope on the left side.
16. Climbing up allows for an awesome lake view.
Windfall Lake near Tumbler Ridge BC
17. And those mountains look better and better the higher you go. The
following photos were taken after we have already climbed up.
Windfall Lake Route - Mountain View
Here is our video of the mountains in this area:
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20. Once you have climbed up the slope, the general idea is to head back
on the top of the slope while keeping the lake to the left, and
mountains to the right. There is no flagging tape to assist you, but a
few cairns provide good landmarks. One such cairn is near a small
cave seen in the middle of the photo below.
Coordinates for the cave: N
54'59'140 W 121'37'653. Elevation: 1,630 meters.
21. Here is another one.
Coordinates: N 54'59'248 W 121'37'543.
Elevation: 1,626 meters. After this cairn you start descending in
earnest while steadily turning left.
Inukshuk on Windfall lake route near Tumbler Ridge BC
22. Upon descent, you are walking through a meadow.
Windfall Lake route
23. There is a barely discernible path here and there, but you know you
are almost there when flagging tape does eventually appear.
N 54'59'452 W 121'37'499. Elevation: 1,520 meters.
24. A few minutes later, forest emerges straight ahead, so you get into
it, complete your circular route, and rejoin the main trail at the point
seen in photo #6.
Windfall Lake route near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
25. As for further destinations once you reach the lake, here are the
options as shown on an information board at the beginning of the trail.
26. Windfall Lake information board.
Windfall Lake trail leads to some fantastic views, and takes relatively
little time and effort. As such, this trail is highly recommended.
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