Distance From Vancouver: approximately 745 kilometers via Hwy 1
West, Hwy 97 North, Hwy 26 East, and Bowron Lake Rd.
Trail - mountain views at the end. Yellowhawk Trail - mountain views,
lake view, communication tower view. The ability to walk in a loop
(start one trail, finish another, then connect via Bowron Lake Road).
Of Note: Jubilee Trail - overgrown in many
places, a few fallen trees, several muddy sections, hordes of
mosquitoes. Hiking poles, hiking boots, long-sleeved shirt and long
pants are highly recommended. Yellowhawk Trail - one very steep stretch
with loose surface, a lot of mosquitoes. Hiking poles and boots are
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th
edition) Trailhead Coordinates:
Page 58 (Barkerville) A6.
Other Trips in Wells and Barkerville Area:
Two Sisters Trail,
Barkerville National Historic Site.
Bowron Lake Road off Highway 26 in central British Columbia leads to
Bowron Lake Provincial Park. It also leads to less famous
Yellowhawk and Jubilee trails. These trails start about 3 kilometers
apart off Bowron Lake Road, and both lead to Mount Murray.
While Jubilee trail is more or less abandoned and is getting slowly
overgrown, Yellowhawk trail is used substantially more, 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.
25. We then started heading towards the communication tower on our
right, which is where the end of Yellowhawk trail is located.
Mount Murray - Wells Hike British Columbia Canada
26. Getting closer.
Communication Tower on Mount Murray - Barkerville Hike
27. This is definitely the most "view rich" part of the circle hike.
Mount Murray - Wells Hiking in British Columbia Canada
28. Almost there.
Communication Tower on top of Mount Murray - Barkerville Hiking
British Columbia Canada
29. And now we are by the tower, looking around.
Coordinates: N 53⁰07.852' W 121⁰27.427'. Elevation: 1,983 meters.
Mount Murray near Barkerville and Wells - BC Hiking Canada
30. Another view from the end of Yellowhawk Trail.
Yellowhawk Trail - Barkerville Hiking in British Columbia Canada
31. And one more.
Barkerville BC Hiking - Yellowhawk Trail
32. We then started going back via Yellowhawk trail, which is in a much
better condition than Jubilee trail. Very shortly, there was this small
Yellowhawk Trail - Wells BC Hiking
33. Quite picturesque.
View from Yellowhawk Trail - Hiking near Quesnel BC Canada
34. The "rock cairns" guide you into the woods.
Yellowhawk Trail - Wells Hiking in British Columbia Canada
35. Here is the path.
Yellowhawk Trail - Trail in Barkerville British Columbia Canada Area
36. A neat view to the left - you would need to walk for about 15 meters
to see it.
View near Yellowhawk Trail by Wells BC Canada
37. And, then, a very steep stretch of about 200 meters, with loose dirt
and stones. Can't do without hiking poles and boots here. This is just a
small part - it actually is much longer.
Yellowhawk Trail near Barkerville British Columbia
38. How about these cones.
39. Then, there was this "hump bypass". Not sure what that's all about,
but it definitely won't bypass that super steep stretch, as the hump bypass
starts and ends before that stretch. This would be the end of the hump
bypass, if you hike Yellowhawk Trail from Bowron Lake Rd.
40. This map might make things a bit more clear.
Map of Yellowhawk and Jubilee Trails - Canada Hiking
41. And here is the beginning of the hump bypass further down the trail, as
we were descending.
Hike in British Columbia
42. Yellowhawk Trail closer to Bowron Lake Rd trailhead.
Yellowhawk Trail - Trail in Wells BC Area
43. There was a short overgrown stretch there, but nowhere near as bad
as on Jubilee Trail.
Yellowhawk Trail near Barkerville British Columbia
44. Finally, we are at the Yellowhawk trailhead.
Coordinates: N 53⁰06.367' W 121⁰29.338'. Elevation: 1,285 meters
(698 meters elevation loss from the communication tower end of trail
Yellowhawk Trail Parking Area near Wells and Barkerville BC
45. To the right is a promised jumbo jet parking area.
And then we hiked back for 40 minutes to our vehicle parked at the
Jubilee trailhead. So, yeah, an interesting circle tour, with some
seriously good views near the top of Mount Murray. If you wouldn't mind one of the worst mosquito assaults ever, this might be
a fine hiking adventure.
ihikebc.com -> 137 Mount
Murray Hike (via Jubilee Trail and Yellowhawk
Trail - near Wells and Barkerville, BC)
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