Trip 192 - June 30, 2020 (Tuesday)
Hyland Pass Trail Hike
Babine Mountains Provincial Park
Near Smithers BC
Trailhead Location: At the end of Silver King Basin Trail in Babine Mountains Provincial Park, near the town of Smithers, which is approximately 370 kilometers West of Prince George via Highway 16.
Liked: Mountain views, no bugs.
Of Note: Easy-to-moderately steep trail with long stretches of loose stones and dirt – hiking poles and boots are highly recommended. Almost no tree cover – sun protection needed on sunny days.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 36 (Smithers) D4.
Related Website: Babine Mountains Provincial Park - BC Parks official website.
Other Trips in Babine Mountains Provincial Park: Harvey Mountain Trail Hike, Silver King Basin Trail Hike.
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.
Other Trips in Smithers BC Area:
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