Trip 114 - August 1, 2016 (Monday)

Mount Clifford Trail Hike

Near Tumbler Ridge BC


Trailhead Location:
Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 70 kilometers Southeast of the town of Tumbler Ridge off Highway 52E.

Liked: Mountain views, no bugs, one of the shortest and easiest paths to the alpine (if you have a high-clearance vehicle). The access road is quite smooth until the last 3 kilometers, when you do need a high-clearance vehicle due to cross-ditches.

Of note: Much of the trail is shared with ATVs, which can make it to the alpine too. It is better to hike this trail in the first half of the day, if it is sunny, for the best mountain views without the glare. It is quite windy on top of the mountain.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) F6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area: Bootski Lake Trail Hike, Cowmoose Mountain Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike, Stone Corral Trail Hike, Monkman Falls, Bergeron Cliffs Trail Hike, Bergeron Falls, Nesbitt's Knee Falls, Barbour Falls, Babcock Falls, Shipyard & Titanic Trail Hike, Boulder Gardens Route Hike, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Tepee Falls, Kinuseo Falls.


1. To get to Mount Clifford trailhead, you need to drive on Highway 52E (don't confuse it with simply Highway 52, which also goes from/to Tumbler Ridge) and turn off onto Old Kinuseo Falls Road (it was called Kinuseo First on our automotive GPS). On the photo of the map which used to stand by the old information centre in Tumbler Ridge, we marked the turnoff from Highway 52E with a yellow arrow, and the trail itself with a red arrow.


Map of Tumbler Ridge area

2. Here is the turnoff from Highway 52E onto Old Kinuseo Falls Road ("Kinuseo First" on our GPS). It's about 50 kilometers from Tumbler Ridge at this point. Zero your odometer after the turn.


BC Highway 52E at Old Kinuseo Falls Road

3. Turn right at the 6.4 km mark (mileage marker 6 is posted nearby).


Old Kinuseo Falls (Kinuseo First) Road near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada

4. Turn left at the 9.6 km mark (mileage marker 9 is posted nearby). Going straight here would lead to Kinuseo Falls via Murray River FSR, if the road conditions would allow for that.


Mount Clifford access road split with Old Kinuseo Falls Road

5. If you have a high-clearance vehicle (even a 2WD), turn right at the 17.3 km mark (mileage marker 17 is posted nearby). Otherwise, park here, and hike up for about 3 kilometers, as there are twelve cross-ditches on the final stretch of the access road. Coordinates for the turnoff: N 54'45'522 W 120'41'999. Elevation: 1,404 meters.

6. Finally, 20.1 km after turning from Highway 52E, you are at an abandoned gas pad, which now serves as a huge parking area with good mountain views. Coordinates: N 54'45'448 W 120'44'462. Elevation: 1,626 meters. Only ATVs and, possibly, a small high-clearance 4x4 might make it past this point. The continuation of the trail is seen on the middle-right side of the photo below.


Parking area for Mount Clifford trail near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

7. Here is that continuation of the trail.


Mount Clifford Trail

8. Hiking time.


Mount Clifford Trail near Tumbler Ridge British Columbia

9. Soon, it's time to make a left turn where the flagging tape is seen on a tree. ATVs turn here too, though be aware that it's very narrow there.

10. The view after the left turn.

11. In very little time, we are in the alpine, going to the right.


Mount Clifford Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada

12. Good mountain views appear on the left side. Hiking in the first half of the day when the sun is out assures quality illumination of the mountains.


View from Mount Clifford trail near Tumbler Ridge BC

13. Zooming in.

14. It's an easy trail, with several minor hills to conquer.

15. ATV tracks show the way.


Mount Clifford Trail British Columbia Canada

16. 45 minutes after starting the hike at the gas pad, the top of Mount Clifford is in full view.

17. ATVs won't make it to the top, but it's a short and easy hike.


Mount Clifford near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

18. There are several neat stone formation there too.


Mount Clifford

19. And here is the top of Mount Clifford. Coordinates: N 54'45'722 W 120'46'245. Elevation: 1,735 meters.


The top of Mount Clifford near Tumbler Ridge in Northeastern British Columbia Canada

20. An inukshuk on top of the mountain.


Inukshuk on top of Mount Clifford

21. Good mountain views to the left. To the right is a big valley, though the glare from the sun prevented full appreciation of its vastness.


View from the top of Mount Clifford near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

22. Zooming in.

23. One more.

Here is the view from the top of Mount Clifford:

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It took less than an hour of hiking to reach the top of Mount Clifford. Considering how short this hike is, the views are definitely worth the effort.


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