Trip 126 - July 8, 2017 (Saturday)
Murray Range Trail Hike
Off Highway 97 in the general vicinity of Mackenzie BC
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Liked: Easy access to trailhead off Highway 97, view of Azouzetta Lake, view of mountain lakes, haphazard stone formations in the alpine.
Of note: Relentlessly steep trail for most of the way to the alpine. Numerous mosquitoes up to the alpine. Noise from Highway 97 for much of the trail. Some parts of the trail are overgrown and washed out. Very windy in some places in the alpine. Hiking poles and boots are essential.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 56 (Pine Pass) B5. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.
Other Trips in Mackenzie Area: Kimta Creek Trail Hike, Parsnip West Forest Service Road, Canty Lake Trail Hike, Carp Lake Road (War Falls Visit).
Murray Range Trail is one of the few trails listed in Backroads Mapbook along a stretch of Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction. There are no signs leading you to the trail, so the map and GPS with the Backroads Mapbook software proved very helpful in locating the trailhead. Once you start the trail, it is fairly obvious where you need to go. But getting there won't be easy. Murray Range Trail is very steep for much of the way. This is, probably, the steepest trail we have ever hiked, save for, maybe, Mount Lincoln trail in Yale, which is much shorter. Loose dirt and stones make things even more complicated. The views from this trail are quite good. However, considering how difficult this trail is, it should be left for well-equipped experienced hikers.
18. Our reward after the steepest part of the trail is this fine view of the mountains behind us. Highway 97 is seen in the middle of the photo. By this time, noise from the highway had all but disappeared.
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