Bowron Lake Road off Highway 26 in central British Columbia leads to
Bowron Lake Provincial Park. It also leads to
substantially less famous
Yellowhawk and Jubilee trails. These trails start about 3 kilometers
apart off Bowron Lake Road, and both lead to Mount Murray,
where they connect.
While Jubilee Trail is more or less abandoned and is getting slowly
overgrown, Yellowhawk Trail is used substantially more
often, and is in a much
better shape. Jubilee Trail also features the most mosquitoes we have
ever seen on a hike. At one point, in sub-alpine, there were at least
two hundred of them, buzzing in an excited insect cloud around us,
making an associated noise and making it hard to enjoy impressive views.
Yellowhawk Trail wasn't as bad, but, still, about a hundred mosquitoes
made a group attack at one point, and there was at least one bloodsucker
near us just about at any time throughout the entire 7+ hours round-trip
hike. Also, there was a short (a hundred meters or so) but very steep
stretch closer to the end of Yellowhawk Trail, with loose surface made
of dirt and small stones, thus the "essential" requirement for hiking
poles and boots.
We started out hike towards Mount Murray on
Jubilee Trail, and returned via Yellowhawk Trail. We then hiked a few
kilometers on Bowron Lake Road to get back to our vehicle.
are on Highway 97 North, at the Northern end of the town of Quesnel,
getting ready to turn right onto Highway 26.
BC Highway 97 North near Highway 26 Turnoff
2. Just a bit further. Barkerville and Wells are that way too.
BC Highway 97 North at BC Highway 26 Turnoff
3. Now on Highway 26. It's mostly featureless after a few kilometers of
rural properties, with lots of trees on the sides.
BC Highway 26 near Quesnel British Columbia
4. About 78 kilometers after turning onto Highway 26, you would drive
through a small settlement of Wells.
Wells BC Canada
5. At the 81 km mark, going straight would lead to
Barkerville 1.6 km
later, and turning left onto Bowron Lake Road would lead to our today's
destination, as well as Bowron Lake, if we were to take this road to the
BC Highway 26 at Bowron Lake Road turnoff
6. Three hundred meters after making the left turn, make another turn to
the left at this T-junction.
Bowron Lake Road near Wells and Barkerville British
7. Three and a half kilometers after turning onto Bowron Lake Road,
Yellowhawk trailhead would be on the right side. There is a pit toilet
there, as well as an enormous parking area, which can easily fit a jumbo
jet. This time, there were no jumbo jets at the parking lot - just a few
cars. We will have more photos from this parking area at the end of this
Bowron Lake Road by Yellowhawk Trailhead
8. Less than 3 kilometers later (and 87.4 km after turning onto Hwy 26
from Hwy 97), the parking area for Jubilee Trail is to the left. Not
nearly as big as the one for Yellowhawk, but can easily fit a few large
RVs. Coordinates for the parking area: N
53'07'496 W 121'030'308. Elevation: 1,300 meters.
Jubilee Trail parking area off Bowron Lake Road near
Wells British Columbia Canada
9. The trailhead is on the other side of the road, a few dozen meters
from the parking area, right where an avalanche info sign is on the
Jubilee Trail Trailhead - Hiking in Quesnel Area
10. Jubilee Trail has seen better days, and
this trail sign is an early sign of things to
come, sitting on the ground, getting old.
Jubilee Trail Sign - Quesnel Area Hiking BC Canada
11. The map of Jubilee and Yellowhawk trails is chilling nearby. An
identical map is at the Yellowhawk trailhead. You can see how the two
trails are connected at Mount Murray.
Jubilee Trail Map - Wells Hiking British Columbia
12. Off we go.
Jubilee Trail - Barkerville Hiking British Columbia
13. Jubilee Trail became overgrown in a hurry, and our rain pants saved
the day, protecting both from the scratching plants and hordes of
Jubilee Trail - Hiking in Wells Area BC Canada
14. A makeshift creek crossing.
Jubilee Trail - Hiking in Quesnel Area British
15. After 2.2 km of hiking and at the elevation of 1,455 meters, there
was, finally, a half-decent view.
View from Jubilee Trail - Barkerville Hiking in
British Columbia Canada
16. There are a few muddy sections on Jubilee Trail, like the one
Jubilee Trail to Mount Murray near Wells and
Barkerville British Columbia Canada
17. This "end of trail" sign arrived at the elevation of 1,687 meters,
and at coordinates N 53'07'815 W 121'28'127. However, the end of
was yet ahead, so the sign must have been moved. Exactly the same sign
is located at the end of Yellowhawk Trail too. There are no rock cairns
across the alpine for Jubilee Trail, however, but the overall direction
of travel is fairly obvious.
End of Trail Sign - Jubilee Trail near Wells BC
18. Once the trail in the woods ends and you emerge into a fairly open
area, the steepest part of Jubilee Trail is in front of you. Our GPS with
Backroad Mapbook software indicated the need to keep more to the right,
but it was way too steep there, so we just climbed straight ahead.
Jubilee Trail near Wells BC Canada
19. Looking back.
View from Jubilee Trail near Barkerville British
20. Looking more to the left while looking back, we could see the town of
we visited the next day. 30x zoom used.
Barkerville seen from Jubilee Trail
21. Looking back one more time.
View from Jubilee Trail to Mount Murray near Wells
and Barkerville British Columbia Canada
22. Almost at the top of this climb.
Jubilee Trail -Wells Hiking Province of BC Canada
23. And it was all worth it, as we were treated to the best view of the
hike. If you hike Yellowhawk Trail, be sure to keep going past the
communication tower to get to this view.
View from Mount Murray - Hiking in Barkerville
24. Now with a slight zoom. Coordinates: N
53'08'011 W 121'27'644. Elevation: 1,940 meters (640 meters elevation
gain from the start of the trail).
Our Murray Mountain trip report Continues on Page 2.
ihikebc.com -> 137 Mount
Murray Hike (via Jubilee Trail and Yellowhawk
Trail - near Wells and Barkerville, BC)
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