Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia,
approximately 70 kilometers Southeast of the town of Tumbler Ridge off
Mountain views, no bugs, one of the shortest and
easiest paths to the sub-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.
Much of the trail is shared with ATVs, which can
make it to the sub-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)
Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) F6.
Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area:
Bootski Lake Trail Hike,
Trail Hike, Windfall
Lake 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,
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 onto Old Kinuseo Falls
Road (it was called Kinuseo First on our automotive GPS). In 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
Old Kinuseo Falls (Kinuseo First) Road near Tumbler Ridge British
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
6. Finally, 20.1 km after turning from Highway 52E,
you are at an abandoned natural 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.
Tumbler Ridge Hike -
Mount Clifford Trail
8. Hiking time.
Mount Clifford Trail - Tumbler Ridge Trail 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.
Tumbler Ridge Hiking - Mount Clifford Trail
11. In very little time, we are in the sub-alpine, going
to the right.
Mount Clifford Trail in Tumbler Ridge Area in 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 Hike in Tumbler Ridge Area BC
13. Zooming in.
Tumbler Ridge Hiking
14. It's an easy trail, with several minor hills to
15. ATV tracks show the way.
Mount Clifford Trail - British Columbia Hike 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 - Hiking in BC Canada
18. There are several neat stone formation there too.
Mount Clifford - Canada Hiking
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
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
View from the top of Mount Clifford near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
22. Zooming in.
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23. One more.
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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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