Trip 117 - September 3, 2016 (Saturday)

Stone's Sheep Trail Hike

Muncho Lake Provincial Park

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Trailhead Location:
Northeastern British Columbia, by Highway 97, approximately 245 kilometers North of Fort Nelson.

Liked: Mountain views, glacier view, stone pillars, balancing stone, "brick" stones, meeting a pair of Stone sheep, no bugs, gentle elevation gain.

Of note: Very rough surface for most of the trail past the first waterfall, a short but complicated climb by the first waterfall, numerous creek crossings are required (mostly after the first waterfall). Hiking poles and boots are highly recommended to the first waterfall, and are essential, if you want to proceed further.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 73 (Muncho Lake) E3. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Website: BC Parks - Muncho Lake Provincial Park.



Stone's Sheep Trail is so named because Stone sheep live in the area. The sheep are so named after a certain Mr. Stone. There are plenty of "stones" on this great trail: stone pillars, which provide great visuals; a balancing stone, which looks like it might fall soon; and also "brick" stones, which look like an ancient remains of a Roman water source lost in the wilderness of British Columbia. And there are tons of regular stones, of course, right under your feet. They come in all shapes and sizes, many of them are unsteady, and some of them are very sharp too. This trail is a broken ankle waiting to happen, especially past the first waterfall.

1. Stone's Sheep trailhead is located in Muncho Lake Provincial Park, almost half way between Fort Nelson, BC and Watson Lake, Yukon. Here we are driving North on BC Highway 97 and are approaching a large parking lot by the trailhead, located 3.8 km past Strawberry Flats campground. Coordinates for the parking lot: N 58'58'901 W 125'45'913. Elevation: 837 meters.


BC Highway 97 in Muncho Lake Provincial Park

2. An information board describes the trail and shows the map. Not quite sure what the coordinates for the viewpoint refer to, as there are so many great views out there, and we could not find the exact spot on our way back with our automotive GPS.


Information Board for Stone's Sheep Trail Northeastern BC Canada

3. The trail begins right by the parking lot. The idea is simple - cross a narrow dyke, head towards the trees, then turn right and keep walking with the trees on your left, and make left turns whenever possible. The mountains would then close in around you, and you would be in a small canyon and reach the first waterfall.


Stone's Sheep Trail British Columbia Canada

4. We have now reached the trees, turned right, and are keeping the trees to our left. There is a discernible path among the stones here and there.


Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park BC Canada

5. There are also several inukshuks guiding you, but not much in terms of flagging tape or other markers.


Inukshuk on Stone's Sheep Trail

6. We can now see the canyon ahead, as well as meet the creek which we would cross at least twice before the first waterfall, and dozens more times after that.


Stone's Sheep Trail British Columbia Canada

7. Almost by the canyon, we see stone pillars on the right side.


Stone's Sheep Trail Province of BC Canada

8. Even with the sun in our eyes, these pillars were very interesting to look at.


Stone Pillars by Stone's Sheep Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada

9. Neat.


Stone Pillars Muncho Lake Provincial Park BC Canada

10. A few more.


Stone Pillars

11. You could really shoot a movie about an alien planet in this place.


Stone Pillars by Stone's Sheep Trail in Muncho Lake Provincial Park British Columbia Canada

12. Soon after the stone pillars, the canyon walls close in on you, and you approach the first waterfall, approximately 1.5 hours after starting the hike.


Canyon - Stone's Sheep Trail British Columbia

13. It's quite a neat view too.


Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park

14. The waterfall is to the left, a very short but treacherous climb is on the right, and a small inukshuk is on top.


Stone's Sheep Trail First Waterfall

15. Here is the waterfall. Coordinates: N 58'58'714 W 125'41'119. Elevation: 1,115 meters.


First Waterfall Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park BC Canada

16. Here is a short but treacherous climb. You definitely would not want to go any further without hiking poles and boots.


Stone's Sheep Trail Climbing Stretch by First Waterfall

17. And here is the inukshuk. We have climbed to the top and are looking back now.


Stone's Sheep Trail Inukshuk

18. Another great scene right after the first waterfall.


Stone's Sheep Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada

19. What was a relatively benign trail before the first waterfall, turned into a semi-dangerous, albeit beautiful, obstacle course afterwards. In addition to there being hardly any flat stretches, you are forced to cross the creek time and again by hopping on stones.


Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park

20. We headed towards a glacier seen ahead, while being on a lookout for Stone sheep.


Stone's Sheep Trail

21. An hour and a half after the first waterfall (3 hours after starting the hike) we reached the second waterfall, not nearly as complicated as the first one, as it's possible to walk around it. Coordinates for the second waterfall: N 58'59'144 W 125'41'119. Elevation: 1,417 meters.


Second Waterfall Stone's Sheep Trail BC Canada

22. The glacier is getting closer.


Glacier View Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park BC Canada

23. Good mountain view to the right.


Mountain View Stone's Sheep Trail BC Canada

24. Shortly after the second waterfall, the canyon becomes very narrow, and you may have quite an interesting time, if the water level would be high. Two more stone pillars are seen on the right side.


Stone's Sheep Trail

25. Here they are.


Stone Pillars Stone's Sheep Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada

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