Trip 127 - July 28, 2017 (Friday)
Summit Ridge Trail Hike
Stone Mountain Provincial Park (North of Fort Nelson)
Liked: Easy access to trailhead off Highway 97. Fairly easy trail. Panoramic mountain views. Few bugs.
Of note: Several short steep stretches. Loose stones and dirt in some parts of the trail. Small sharp loose stones on final approach. Large hole in the ground partially hidden by vegetation (between first and second hills). Windy in the alpine. Hiking poles and boots are highly recommended.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Approximate Trailhead Location (not marked on the map):Page 80 (Steamboat) C5. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.
Related Website:Stone Mountain Provincial Park - BC Parks official site.
Summit Ridge trail is located in Northeastern British Columbia, in Stone Mountain Provincial Park, about 1.5 hr drive from Fort Nelson. This trail is relatively easy, and leads to impressive panoramic mountain views. There are several distinct parts of the trail: initial climb, first hill climb, flat stretch (with a very dangerous partially hidden hole in the ground - see photo #15), second hill climb to the final destination.
1. We are Northbound on Highway 97, about 136 kilometers North of Fort Nelson, and are entering Stone Mountain Provincial Park.
2. Two kilometers later, park at a large gravel lot on the right side. Garbage cans for your convenience. A pit toilet is located at Summit Peak trailhead 1.2 kilometers further North (on the right side). Coordinates for the parking lot: N 58’39’267 W 124’37’887. Elevation: 1236 meters.
3. The trailhead is located across the highway, by the poles seen on the far left of the photo above.
4. Trail information board. Red colour indicates steep conditions.
5. The trail begins. It's quite easy to follow at first.
6. Rocks are followed shortly by (mostly) dirt.
7. Then, there is a dirt/rock mix.
8. A neat view to the left.
9. Looking back. Not bad either.
10. About twenty minutes into the hike, the trail enters a stand of small trees. There is a split there, with some unknown trail going to the left. Stay to the right, and start climbing the first hill keeping as much to the right as possible. Coordinates for the trail split (not pictured): N 58’39’054 W 124’37’763. Elevation: 1373 meters.
11. Climbing the first hill.
12. We are on top of the first hill, with the second hill seen in the background, and the flat stretch (not seen) ahead before the second hill.
13. Here is that flat stretch. If you keep as much to the right as you can, chances are pretty good that you won't come even close to the nasty hole in the ground, pictured in photo #15. But, still, beware, and watch after your dog.
14. A fine view to the left. Partially cropped at the bottom.
15. And here is that hole (warning - dangerous area). The really bad thing about it is that it's partially hidden by vegetation, and sneaks up on you, especially if you are not watching your step. It's about 2 meters long, 1.5 meters wide, and 2 meters deep. Coordinates: N 58’38’623 W 124’38’168.
16. The trail all but disappears after the first hill, but a series of cairns are there to guide you.
17. The scenery to the right really starts to show itself after the first hill climb, and gets even better after you start climbing the second hill. Looking to the right.
18. More to the right.
19. And some more. The mountain on the right side is Summit Peak, which we hiked the next day.
20. A sea of green behind us.
21. We are at the final destination on top of the second hill, with a large cairn to mark the occasion. Coordinates: N 58’38’325 W 124’38’601. Elevation: 1,639 meters (403 meters total trail elevation gain).
22. One more look to the right.
23. Looking straight ahead past the cairn.
Here is our video of the view from the end of Summit Ridge hike:
24. Our stats for the climb. One hour and twenty minutes is all it took, with a total distance of 2.7 kilometers.
25. The next day, we hiked Summit Peak Trail, and took photo of the entire Summit Ridge, as it's located directly across from Summit Peak. The numbers are as follows: 1- initial climb, 2 - first hill climb, 3 - flat area (with a hole in the ground), 4 - second hill climb, 5 - final destination (large cairn).
Summit Ridge trail is relatively short and easy, and offers great views. Just watch for that hole in the ground. Highly recommended.
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