Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 55 km West of Hudson's
Shade in the forest, almost no bugs (except at
the peak), several good mountain and lake views.
Access road has few potholes but lots of loose and
slippery gravel (watch out when cornering); there are several long steep
stretches - hiking boots and poles are highly recommended; the final
ascent to the peak is very steep and is for experienced hikers only -
hiking poles and
boots would be essential; the trail is slightly
overgrown with stinging plants in some places - long pants are
recommended; there are signs of logging activity along the access road.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Page 65 (Hudson's Hope) D6.
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Other trips in Hudson's Hope Area:
Bullhead Mountain Trail
Hike, W.A.C. Bennett Dam
Ridge Hiking Trail.
The directions to Battleship Mountain trail are as
follows: get to the town of Hudson's Hope on BC Highway 29 between
Chetwynd and Fort St. John. Follow signs to
WAC Bennett dam, which means driving on Canyon Drive for 20
kilometers. Go past the dam Security gate (guards will record your
vehicle's license plate and your driver's license information). Go past
the turnoff to the dam visitor center and then make two consecutive
right turns to get to the dam. Cross the dam. Four kilometers past the
dam Security gate starts Utah Road. Six and a half kilometers later keep
straight at the intersection (the road is now called Table Rd). Just
under two and a half kilometers later, make a sharp right turn onto
Johnson Road. Drive 23.4 kilometers on Johnson Road to the trailhead,
which will be 1.3 km past Carbon Lake recreation site. Or, according to
a brochure provided by Hudson's Hope visitor centre, you can take
Johnson Road from Highway 29 and arrive to the trailhead 64 kilometers
later, but we did not test that route.
***Somehow, our trip to the trailhead from the beginning
of Utah Rd took 32.3 km, while return trip took only 29.8 km. To
complicate the matters, the hiking trails brochure from the Hudson's
Hope Visitor Centre states that it takes 28 km upon turning onto Johnson
Road to reach the trailhead, which would make the total distance from
the dam road almost 37 km. However,
as long as you remember to keep straight when Utah Rd becomes Table Rd,
and make a sharp right turn when Table Rd meets Johnson Rd, you will
find the trailhead.
1. We start with the turnoff to Utah Rd from the road
which took us across the WAC Bennett dam. The sign by the turnoff
indicates that this is the way to Carbon Lake and Battleship Mountain.
The photo below is taken from the same point as photo #25 in
WAC Bennett dam trip report.
Please, see that trip report for directions up to this point.
2. Now we are on Utah Road.
Utah Road near Hudson's Hope BC Canada
3. Keep going straight at the split at 6.5 km mark,
seen below. You would be driving on Table Road after the split.
Utah Road at Table Road near Hudson's Hope British Columbia
4. Make a sharp right turn onto Johnson Road 2.4
Table Road at Johnson Road near Hudson's Hope BC Canada
5. Drive for over 20 km on Johnson Road, and you would
reach Carbon Lake Recreation Site.
Johnson Road at Carbon Lake Recreation Site near Hudson's Hope British
6. There is a short steep road to the recreation site,
which is very small, but has a good lake view.
Carbon Lake near Hudson's Hope British Columbia
7. Now this is for certain: 1.3 km after Carbon Lake
Recreation Site is Battleship Mountain trailhead, with parking space
available by the sign.
Coordinates: N 55'57'308 W 122'35'893. Elevation:
Johnson Road at Battleship Mountain trailhead
8. Off we go.
Battleship Mountain trail near Hudson's Hope BC Canada
9. Lots of shade in the forest, which was good on this
Battleship Mountain trail
10. The trail is a bit overgrown in some parts,
however, with stinging plants waiting to hurt those who did not put
their long pants on.
Overgrown Battleship Mountain trail
11. Having survived stinging plants, more than an hour
into the hike you get to see this view of one of the Williston Lake
Williston Lake arm seen from Battleship Mountain trail
12. The trail continues.
Battleship Mountain trail in Northeastern British Columbia Canada
13. Half an hour later arrives the first lake. The
hiking brochure states that the trail leads to Little Carbon Lake, but
there is another lake further on, so we couldn't quite tell which lake
was called what, though it is likely that Little Carbon Lake is the
Lake by Battleship Mountain trail
14. Hike a bit further...
Battleship Mountain trail
15. ...and here is the second lake, with Battleship
Mountain now visible too.
Battleship Mountain seen from the second lake by the trail
16. This trail gains altitude quite steadily, with
some rather steep stretches. However, along the lakes the trail is
mostly flat, giving a welcome break before you emerge out of the woods
to this view of the second lake on your left.
Coordinates at this
important point (because flagging becomes sporadic after this) are N
55'59'159 W 122'36'026. Elevation: 1,522 meters.
Second lake seen from Battleship Mountain trail
17. Now we are looking to the right. The first part of
the ridge hike is not too hard.
Battleship Mountain British Columbia Canada
18. There are neat views every now and then.
View from Battleship Mountain trail
19. But, soon, the easy stuff is over, and the real
grunt is about to begin. The trouble is that there was no flagging and
no obvious way up, as, despite the appearance on the photo below, the
mountain is too steep to tackle it head on, so we zig-zagged our way
mostly on the right side, but you would need to figure things out as you
go. As mentioned above, the final ascent is for experienced,
well-equipped hikers only. That's not yet the peak, by the way.
Battleship Mountain near Hudson's Hope British Columbia Canada
20. Found this neat stone in the alpine.
Stone on Battleship Mountain
21. And now the peak is near.
22. Here it is.
Coordinates: N 55'59'721 W 122'36'128.
Elevation: 1,846 meters. There were hundreds of overly friendly flies at
the peak, but, otherwise, the trail was pleasantly almost bug-free.
The peak of Battleship Mountain
23. The views from the peak of Battleship Mountain are
hardly spectacular, but not bad either.
View from the peak of Battleship Mountain in Northeastern British
24. One more.
View from the peak of Battleship Mountain near Hudson's Hope BC Canada
25. And the view of the second lake.
Second lake seen from the top of Battleship Mountain
It took us about 4 hours to get to the top, and close
to 2.5 hours to return. While not the greatest hike in the Peace region,
Battleship Mountain has some good views, and certainly qualifies as a