Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia. The trailhead is located
off an industrial access road, which is located off Bullmoose Mine
Road, which, in turn, starts off BC Highway 29, approximately 20
kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge.
Mountain views, rock formations in the alpine,
"anvil" stone, virtually no mosquitoes, meeting several marmots.
Much of the trail is shared with
ATVs, which can
make it to the alpine too. Lower part of the trail may be muddy when
wet. The trail is steep most of the time, and very steep the first 100
meters. Hiking boots and poles are highly recommended.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Page 43 (Mount Crum) F2.
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.
Cowmoose Mountain Trail Brochure (PDF file).
Other Trips Off Bullmoose Mine Road:
Windfall Lake Trail Hike,
Pinnacle Peak Route
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,
Cowmoose Mountain trail is located off Bullmoose Mine
Road near Tumbler Ridge in Northeastern British Columbia. While not as
spectacular as other trails found off Bullmoose Mountain Road, this hike
is, nonetheless, very rewarding for those wanting to have a good workout
and see some quality mountain views.
1. For directions on how to get to Cowmoose Mountain
trailhead, please see
Bullmoose Mine Road &
Windfall Creek FSR trip report. The photo below is the same as photo
#6 of that trip report. We are at the 15.5 km mark of Bullmoose Mine
Road, ready to turn right to the industrial access road leading to
Cowmoose Mountain trailhead.
Bullmoose Mine Road near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
2. Despite the sign on the photo above stating "4 km",
the trailhead is actually 5.1 km after the turnoff. it is 4 km, however,
to a road on the left which is likely the beginning of an
which the hiking trail follows for much of the way. Here we are
approaching the 5.1 km mark after the turnoff, with the trailhead
(marked by a blue sign) on the far left side, before the bridge, and the
parking area on the right side.
Parking by Cowmoose Mountain Trail
3. Here is the trailhead.
Coordinates: N 55'10'660 W
121'30'191. Elevation: 1,344 meters. The first 100 meters or so
are the steepest.
Cowmoose Mountain trailhead near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia
4. In a few minutes, you join the
Cowmoose Mountain Trail Northeastern BC Canada
5. Some lower parts of the trail are muddy, and this
could be quite a swamp in the spring or after a rain.
Cowmoose Mountain Trail near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
6. Twenty minutes after the start of the hike,
flagging invites hikers to turn left, while
ATVs continue straight
Coordinates for the turnoff: N 55'10'405 W 121'30'382. Elevation:
Cowmoose Mountain Trail
7. The view after turning left.
8. Less than ten minutes later, hiking and
9. The first decent mountain view arrives in a few
minutes on the left.
View from Cowmoose Mountain Trail
ATV and hiking trails then go together for a while
through a series of switchbacks. That's Cowmoose Mountain ahead, and we
will end up hiking to the far left side.
Cowmoose Mountain near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
11. After another switchback, we are starting to
approach the final climb to the alpine.
12. The final climb to the alpine is seen flagged on
the left side here, and it took us 1 hour and 8 minutes to get up to
13. The view of the final climb. It's the steepest
part of the trail after the first 100 meters.
Cowmoose Mountain Trail
14. Climbing up, looking right.
View from Cowmoose Mountain trail
15. Climbing up, looking left, where we will head upon
reaching the alpine. The path we took is seen on the bottom left side.
16. Now looking behind us, and, again, you can see the
path we took (shared with
17. The climb took about ten minutes, and we started
going to the left.
Coordinates where we have reached the alpine: N
55'09'931 W 121'29'983. elevation: 1,792 meters.
Cowmoose Mountain Northeastern British Columbia Canada
18. Looked right for a moment.
19. The neat thing in the alpine on Cowmoose Mountain
are various rock formations, some being very interesting.
20. None more interesting than the "anvil" stone.
Coordinates: N 55'09'555 W 121'29'379.
Elevation: 1,860 meters.
Anvil stone on Cowmoose Mountain near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
22. Checking out the valley below.
23. And here is the top.
Coordinates: N 55'09'500 W
121'29'373. Elevation: 1,874 meters (530 meters altitude gain). Took
almost two hours to get here from the start of the trail.
Top of Cowmoose Mountain
24. We planned to walk clockwise, and see the views on
the other side, as there are mountains there too, but the weather took a
sudden turn to the worse, with fog quickly approaching.
Fog on Cowmoose Mountain
25. It turned foggy very quick. So, we went back the
same way we came.
While not the first hiking choice off Bullmoose Mine
Road, Cowmoose Mountain trail has many interesting views, in addition to
being a good workout.