Hyland Pass Trail begins where
Silver King Basin Trail ends, and serves
as a connector trail between Silver King Basin and Cronin Creek Road
trails. It's a short trail of just over 2 kilometers long, but good
views come one after another. The trail is easy-to-moderately difficult, albeit
with loose stones and dirt. A big plus was a lack of bugs, while all the
other trails we have hiked so far this season were teeming with
mosquitoes, with Silver King Basin Trail having a few as well.
It was an overcast day today, but, even with low-hanging clouds and no
sunshine, the views were very impressive. Once the sun is out, this is
going to be one spectacular hike.
To get to Hyland Pass Trail, either hike Silver King Basin
Trail first (which we did earlier in the day), or, to get to Hyland Pass
Trail from the other side, Cronin Creek Road Trail needs to be hiked,
which we did not do, so no idea about the conditions. We did see a hiker
coming from that direction, so it looks like it can be done. A big loop hike in Babine Mountains Provincial Park is possible as well -
check out Silver King Basin trip report for details.
1. For directions on getting to the end of Silver
King Basin Trail, check out our
previous trip report. Here is the beginning of Hyland Pass Trail, just to
the right of the information stand seen in photo #31 of that trip
report. Coordinates: N 54⁰54.809’ W
126⁰53.007’. Elevation: 1,501 meters.
Hyland Pass Trailhead - Smithers Hiking
2. The first 200 meters or so are pretty smooth.
Hyland Pass Trail - Smithers Trail
3. Then, the trail becomes frequently strewn with loose stones and dirt.
Hyland Pass Trail - Smithers Hike
4. There are good views straight ahead, but also quite a view behind
you. That's Joe L'Orsa cabin with its teal-coloured roof in the middle
of the photo.
View from Hyland Pass Trail - Babine Mountains Provincial Park British
5. Despite being a high-altitude trail, Hyland Pass is not too hard.
Smithers Trail - Hyland Pass Trail
6. Closer to the 1 km mark of the trail, a most impressive sight slowly but
steadily emerges in the front and to the right - a mountain surrounded
by two smaller triangular mountains.
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7-8. Quite a view. Approximate coordinates:
N 54⁰54.631 W126⁰52.494’. Elevation:
View from Hyland Pass Trail - Hike in Smithers area
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9. A triangular mountain on the left.
View from Hyland Pass Trail - Hiking in Smithers Area
10. A triangular mountain on the right.
Babine Mountains Provincial Park near Smithers British Columbia Canada
Here is our video of the views from this location.
12-13. The path approaches the triangular mountain on the left...
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14...and then makes an almost 180⁰ turn while climbing up.
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15. After that, Hyland Pass is right there.
Coordinates: N 54⁰54.545’ W 126⁰52.020’. Elevation: 1,796 meters
(295 meters elevation gain from the start of the trail).
Hyland Pass Trail in Babine Mountains Provincial Park
16. A few hundred meters later, we are in the open and start
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17. The path disappears shortly, but Cronin Creek Road Trail is not too far
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18. A neat mountain on the right.
Babine Mountains Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
We hiked for just over 2 kilometers, and stopped at
coordinates N 54⁰54.573’ W 126⁰51.466’,
elevation: 1,707 meters, before heading back. It was about 300 meters
further to Cronin Creek Road Trail, according to our GPS. Hyland Pass Trail may not
be easy to get to, but is rather easy to hike, and sure has a number of great views for such a
short trail. Highly recommended.