Trip 125 - May 22, 2017 (Monday)
Quality Canyon Trail Hike
Near Tumbler Ridge BC
Location: Northeastern British Columbia. Near Highway 52 about 108 km South of Dawson Creek, and 10 km North of Tumbler Ridge.
Liked: Fairly easy trail (to the canyon lookout), canyon view, Murray River view, information boards, the second half of the trail can be done in a loop.
Of note: There are steep drop-offs near the canyon edge. Should you choose to hike the loop, as opposed to retracing your steps after looking at the canyon, the trail would get much steeper. Descent to the bottom of the canyon is for experienced hikers only. Hiking poles and boots are recommended, if hiking to the canyon lookout and back; and highly recommended, if you decide to hike the loop, and, especially, descend to the bottom of the canyon. The canyon is prone to rockfalls and floods.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) D1. 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: Quality Falls Trail Hike, Murray Canyon Overlook Trail Hike, Bootski Lake Trail Hike, Mount Clifford 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.
Of the three trails we hiked today, Quality Canyon trail was the only one which felt like a real hike, with several tough stretches, as opposed to a neat walk in the woods, which was the case with Murray Canyon Overlook trail, and Quality Fall trail. You would most likely encounter much fewer people on this trail than on the trail leading to Quality Falls. And, if you are able to get down to the bottom of Quality Canyon and don't mind getting your feet wet, you just might be able to hike to Quality Falls through a fairly impressive Quality Canyon.
1. We are Southbound on Highway 52, approaching Quality Canyon trail parking area.
2. Here it is, right by the highway. Coordinates: N 55’10’084 W 120’58’814. Elevation: 901 meters. This parking spot is located 3.1 km to the South of Quality Falls parking by Highway 52.
3. The trailhead is a few hundred meters to the North of the parking area. A sign leads you there.
4. A small boardwalk soon after the start of the Quality Canyon trail.
5. The trail to the canyon lookout is quite easy.
6. In 40 minutes, we have reached the start of the loop. Going right would lead to the canyon view in just a few minutes. Going left would result in a substantially more challenging trail via the mouth of the Quality Creek, were it ends its journey by joining the waters of Murray River. We went to the right to see the canyon first.
7. Within 10 minutes, we are at the edge of the canyon. The lookout point is a few dozen meters to the left, though it gets rather steep there.
8. Here is the path on the left side.
9. And a very neat canyon view very shortly - beware of the drop-off at the viewing area.
10. Zooming in to check out Quality Falls.
11. Quality Canyon information board.
12. We then returned to the point seen in photo #7, and looked down.
13. The canyon looked interesting, and there was a rope there to assist a bit with a very steep descent, and so we went for it.
14. It's a little overgrown down there, but our reward was a view of the canyon wall.
15. We hiked a bit towards Quality Falls, and were stopped by the steepness of the canyon. If you are willing to get your feet wet, it just might be possible to wade straight to the falls (and join the Quality Falls trail hikers).
16. Climbing back to the main trail. By the way, it's not possible to continue walking along Quality Creek for much further than where we descended, as the canyon walls narrow down, and there is a small waterfall there, which we will see shortly.
17. Now we are again going down the same path which led to the canyon view seen in photo #9, but this time we kept moving past the lookout to complete the loop via the mouth of Quality Creek.
18. Several warnings before you step into the bottom of the canyon on the other side of the small waterfall.
19. The small waterfall.
20. Continuing the loop.
21. Now at the point where Quality Creek meets Murray River.
22. Going forward, this neat bench allows to admire an equally neat view of Murray River.
23. Interesting facts.
24. And here are the round trip stats for the hike. The total distance was 6.93 km, and we were on the move for 2 hours and 6 minutes. Garmin GPSMAP 64s is available at Cabelas.ca.
This trail is recommended for the canyon view, and because Quality Canyon hike can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.
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