Trailhead Location: Near the town of Fort St. James
in central British Columbia, approximately 160 kilometers Northwest of Prince George via Hwy 16 and Hwy 27.
Easy access to the trailhead via a
short scenic drive. Good views from the second viewpoint, and 360⁰
view from the gazebo at the end of the trail. Shade in the forest.
Several fine forest scenes. Benches along the trail. The lower part of
the trail can be hiked in a loop.
Of Note: Some
bugs and mosquitoes, especially in the upper part of the trail. Steep
unbarricaded drop-offs at the second viewpoint. Steep access to the
gazebo. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Mount Pope trail is a moderately difficult 6.5 km hike, located in Mount
Pope Provincial Park right next to the town of Fort St. James. A short
scenic drive leads to the trailhead parking lot, which can accommodate
about 10 vehicles. Plentiful parking is available along the access road,
which is approximately 100 meters long. The trail is rather popular,
judging by the numerous notes left in the visitor book inside the gazebo
at the end of the hike. There are a few long climbs, but they are not
too steep. The steepest part of the trail is right before the gazebo,
though it's not that long. The view from the gazebo is very impressive.
While there are no majestic mountain peaks in the vicinity, there is so
much green and blue, with a huge Stuart Lake in front of you, that it
certainly makes it a worthwhile hike. And the second viewpoint, while
not as panoramic, also has some very decent views.
The lower part of the trail can be hiked in a loop, and climbers can
extend their adventure by climbing a large rock situated along the Mount
Pope trail near the end of that loop.
31. The end is near.
Mount Pope Trail - Fort St. James Trail
32. And the gazebo is now in view, about 6.4 km from the start of the
trail. The last 100 meters are the steepest.
Mount Pope Trail - Hike in Fort St. James Area
33. Getting closer.
Mount Pope Gazebo
34. And we are inside the gazebo. Coordinates: N 54⁰30.290' W
124⁰20.412'. Elevation: 1,455 meters (758 meters elevation gain from the
start of the trail). It's quite windy up here, but that helps with
keeping the mosquitoes away, while you are checking out the impressive
360⁰ view. There is a guest book inside the black box.
Inside Mount Pope Gazebo
35-38. Here are some of the better photographs of the views from the top
of Mount Pope. The video below gives a more complete picture of what to
Stuart Lake seen from Mount Pope Gazebo
Stuart Lake British Columbia
Mount Pope Provincial Park
Mount Pope Provincial Park near Fort St. James BC
Here is our video of the views
from the gazebo. The town of Fort St. James can be seen in the distance.
39. On the way back, we decided to complete the loop, so turned to the
right upon reaching the split previously seen in photo #24. The sign
warns of steep sections, but there is nothing too cumbersome down there,
especially compared to the final climb to the gazebo.
Trail on Fort St. James Area - Mount Pope Trail
40. It's yet another pleasant hike in the forest.
Mount Pope Trail - Hike in Fort St. James area
41. Slightly over 2 km after the split, stay left at the split pictured
Fort St. James Hiking - Mount Pope Trail
42. A few hundred meters later, this neat scene.
Mount Pope Trail - BC Hiking
43. Hike a bit further...
British Columbia Hiking - Mount Pope Trail near Fort
44...and you would reach a high rock about 100 meters long. Apparently,
it is popular with climbers.
Climbing Rock by Mount Pope Trail near Fort St. James
45. The trail then goes through private property, and a sign requests
that you stay on the trail.
Mount Pope Trail
46. Getting close to Stones Bay Road.
Hiking in Fort St. James Area - Mount Pope Trail
47. And here is the steepest part of the loop, right before the end of
48. Nothing too complicated, but do watch for whatever traffic there
might be found on this road.
49. Looking back at the trail from Stones Bay Road.
Coordinates: N 54⁰28.649' W 124⁰19.947'.
Elevation: 685 meters.
50. After finishing the trail, turn left and walk for 1.4 km.
Stones Bay Road Fort St. James BC Canada
51. And we arrive to the trailhead access road, seen from the other side
in photo #13.
Stones Bay Road at Mount Pope Trail Access Road Fort
St. James BC Canada
Mount Pope trail is a good, moderately difficult hike, which leads to
impressive views. Highly recommended.