Trailhead Location: Northeastern British Columbia,
by Highway 97, approximately 245 kilometers North of
Mountain views, glacier view, stone pillars,
balancing stone, "brick" stones, meeting a pair of Stone sheep, no bugs.
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)
Page 73 (Muncho Lake) E3.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
BC Parks - Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
26. Within five minutes of the two
stone pillars pictured in photo #25, you would see a very obvious
split, where two canyons each bearing a creek meet to form the canyon
and the creek you've been following all
along. Take the right canyon/creek to get to the glacier and to see
these "brick" stones.
Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
27. Looks like someone built a
housing for a spring, no?
Stone's Sheep Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada
29. We have reached the glacier
close to four hours after the start, and it looked like a natural end to
Glacier Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park
30. But then we noticed a mountain
lurking on the right.
31. Went up that hill, and there
was this beauty.
Coordinates for our final destination: N 58'59'582 W
125'40'697. Elevation: 1,589 meters.
Muncho Lake Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
32. This sure turned out to be a
great hike, and on our way back we wanted to get a closer look at a few
large stones which looked like they might fall in a not-so-distant
33. A closer look.
34. We checked the photo above in
our camera to make sure it was in focus, looked up to see if there were
other similar stones, and, lo and behold, a sheep was just standing
there like a statue!
Stone Sheep by Stone's Sheep Provincial Park BC Canada
35. Never mind the steepness, never
mind the loose dirt and stones, up we went in a hurry.
36. While going up, we checked out
another balancing stone.
37. It might be a good idea not to
stand under that stone.
Balancing Stone by Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park
British Columbia Canada
38. From a slightly different
39. And look who was staring at us
while we were climbing.
Stone Sheep Ewe Muncho Lake Provincial Park
40. Hi, there.
Stone Sheep Ewe
41. The ewe pictured above soon
disappeared, but the ram we spotted earlier did not. It was munching on
grass when we finally got to the top.
42. Hello to you too.
Stone Sheep Ram
43. The ram then ran away, and we
44. More neat views on the way
45. A closer look.
46. Approaching the first
Stone's Sheep Trail Muncho Lake Provincial Park
47. And now we are almost back,
with Muncho Lake seen ahead.
Muncho Lake seen from Stone's Sheep Trail
48. The parking lot has good
information about Stone sheep. You will learn how to tell a male from a
female by looking at the size and shape of the horns...
Stone's Sheep Information Board
49...find out why these animals are
called Stone sheep, and what they eat...
50...and read about the difference
between the three kinds of mountain sheep in Western Canada.
Western Canada Mountain Sheep Information Board
51. Finally, note that there is no
911 service in this area, and you would need to dial the following
numbers in an emergency:
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Emergency Phone Numbers
Stone's Sheep Trail is one
of the most impressive hikes we have ever had. Highly recommended.
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