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.
BC Highway 97 seen from Murray Range Trail
19. And, to the left - a neat Azouzetta Lake. Coordinates: N 55'24'488 W
122'36'930. Elevation: 1,469 meters (584 meters elevation gain from the
start of the trail).
Azouzetta Lake seen from Murray Range Trail in Northeastern British
Here is our video of the view from this point:
20. How about this mountain range to our right (if looking forward).
Mountain range seen from Murray Range Trail British Columbia Canada
21. Moving on, the peak we have been aiming for has a pronounced saddle,
and we decided that this would be the easiest place to start the final
22. There are a lot of interesting large stones lying around out there,
this one seen in the middle being one of them.
23. Getting closer to the saddle.
24. Finally, the saddle entrance. Wasn't too hard to climb up this
grass. Coordinates: N 55'24'730 W 122'36'625. Elevation: 1,660 meters.
25. Looking back from the saddle. Lots of green.
View from Murray Range Trail Northeastern British Columbia Canada
26. Now moving forward, with the saddle just behind us, and the peak to
climb to our left.
27. What an awesome picture awaited on the other side of the alpine
across from the saddle. According to our GPS, behind the smaller lake in
the middle of the photo is the beginning of
Pine Le Moray Provincial
Pine Le Moray Provincial Park seen from Murray Range trail Northeastern
28. Starting to climb the peak to our left. Not as steep as the first
part of the trail.
29. Looking back at Azouzetta Lake.
30. Now looking to the right - the same mountain range as seen on photo
31. Getting close to the end of the hike.
32. Finally, this is it. There are no pronounced peaks there, so we knew
we have reached the end because of several stones put together. Also,
the GPS showed that we have reached our destination.
Here is our video of the view from the end of
Murray Range hike:
33. Here is the Garmin 64s GPS with Backroad Mapbook software (available
at BackroadMapbook.com) showing
the trail (red and white dotted line) and our path (blue line) at the
end of the trail. Coordinates: N 55'24'987 W 122'36'890. Elevation:
1,820 meters (935 meters elevation gain from the start of the trail).
34. And these are our hike stats up to the destination. As you can see,
we spent more time not moving (2 hours 21 minutes) than moving (2 hours
11 minutes). Also, the average speed was 2.0 km per hour. Our usual
average speed while hiking up is about 3.0 km/h. This speaks to how
steep the trail is. But, also, this being the first real hike of the
season, we are not in our best hiking shape. It only took us 1.5 hours
to get back, by the way.
Garmin GPSmap 64s
Murray Range Trail leads to several fine views, but is complicated
enough that it should be tackled only by experienced well-equipped
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