Off BC Highway 97, about 27 km from the Village of Clinton
(which is 365 km North of Vancouver).|
trail access road, mountain and valley views, numerous good forest scenes, a
fine sub-alpine area, shade in the forest, no bugs, fairly easy trail until the last
climb before the alpine.
high clearance and/or 4x4 vehicle may be required for trailhead access road,
burned trees at the start and closer to the end of the trail could be
unstable, several small creek crossings required, the trail could be
difficult to follow at times – GPS with a trail ribbon recommended, a
few holes in the ground – watch your step, a steep climb is required to
reach the sub-alpine - hiking poles and boots are essential.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition)
Coordinates: Page 5 (Big Bar Creek) E4.
Porcupine Creek Route Hike is an easy-to-moderately
challenging trail (albeit with a very steep climb closer to the end),
and leads to a fairly large sub-alpine area. It's 6 km to the sub-alpine, and
then another 4 km to hike a very obvious loop in the sub-alpine, before
heading back, for a total round-trip hiking distance of 20 km. The trailhead is
found not too far from the town of Clinton, British Columbia, which is
located on Highway 97 between Cache Creek (to the South) and 100 Mile
House (to the North). It's an interesting hike for several reasons. The
views are quite good, but also there are several trail splits with signs
indicating that further hiking is also possible to Mt. Soues and Sam's
Porcupine Creek Route starts as Porcupine Creek
Trail, which is marked as such in our GPS with Backroad Mapbook software.
However, a forest fire a few years ago made quite a mess closer to the
sub-alpine, so, instead of turning left at about the 5 km mark to follow the
trail ribbon in the GPS until the end, we figured it looked much easier
to climb on the opposite (right) side, not knowing what to expect. It
turned out that very fine views awaited in the sub-alpine area once we got
there, so the Porcupine Creek Trail hike would have to wait for another
day, and this would be more appropriately named Porcupine Creek Route
Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once in
Clinton, turn onto Kelly Lake Road from Highway 97. Then, 16.5 km later,
turn right onto Jesmond Road, and, 5.5 km after that (22.0 km from Hwy
97), turn right onto Porcupine Creek trailhead access road. Any vehicle
would make it to the beginning of the trailhead access road, but the 4.7
km-long access road has some deep ruts, so a medium clearance and,
possibly, a 4x4 might be required. We made it to the trailhead in a 2WD
medium/high clearance vehicle without any major issues, but the road was
quite dry, with only one minor muddy spot.
The trail itself is not too hard, though a nearly
900-meter climb to reach the sub-alpine presents a good challenge. There are
also three small creek crossings, which might become a problem during
the spring run-off or after a heavy rain. Finally, a few parts of the
trail are somewhat overgrown or damaged by fire, so a GPS with a trail
ribbon might prove useful. Oh, and there is a large bear running around
in that area, but that's to be expected.
1. We are Northbound on BC Highway 97, with Cache
Creek behind us, and the Village of Clinton 32 kilometers ahead.
BC Highway 97 North between Cache Creek and Clinton
2. Entering the Village of Clinton.
BC Highway 97 North at Clinton
3-4. Very shortly, make a left turn onto Kelly Lake
Road and zero your odometer.
BC Highway 97 North Approaching Kelly Lake Road in Clinton
Lake Road in Clinton British Columbia Canada
BC Highway 97 North
5. Kelly Lake Road immediately after turning from
Highway 97. Coordinates:
Elevation: 889 meters.
Kelly Lake Road in Clinton BC
6. Kelly Lake Road at 1.0 km.
Kelly Lake Road Near Clinton
British Columbia Canada
7. At 16.5 km from Highway 97, make a right turn onto
Kelly Lake Road at Jesmond Road
8. Jesmond Road directory.
Jesmond Road Directory near Clinton British Columbia
9. Jesmond Road immediately after turning from Kelly
Jesmond Road near Clinton BC Canada
10. Kelly Lake Road is asphalt with some small
potholes, and Jesmond Road is hard gravel. Here it is at 1.4 km from Kelly
Jesmond Road British Columbia
11. At 5.5 km of Jesmond Road (22.0 km from
Highway 97), make a right turn onto Porcupine Creek trailhead access
road. Interestingly enough, Backroad Mapbook software directs you to
proceed further for about 2 kilometers, but the access road there is
very bad, so use this one. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,249 meters.
Jesmond Road at Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road
12. A medium/high clearance and/or 4x4 vehicle may be
required from this point on. The access road starts, and, right away,
there is a split. Keep left.
Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road near Clinton British Columbia
13. Another split comes at 1.2 km of the access road
- keep left again.
Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road
14. Porcupine Creek trailhead access road has several
very good views. Here is one at 2.7 km.
Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road British Columbia
15. The access road at 3.1 km.
Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road
16. The only somewhat challenging spot arrived at 4.4
km of the access road. But this is the end of a fairly dry season, so
the road could be much more difficult than what we saw today.
Mud on Porcupine Creek Trailhead Access Road
17-18. Porcupine Creek trailhead arrives 4.7 km
from Jesmond Road. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,472 meters. A pit toilet is a
hundred meters further on the
Porcupine Creek Trailhead
19. A horse corral is located just beyond the sign
seen in the photo above.
Horse Corral at Porcupine Creek Trailhead
20. Porcupine Creek Trail begins.
Porcupine Creek Trail in Clinton BC Area
21. A fine scene at the 140 meter mark (all
are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate).
Porcupine Creek Hike in Clinton British Columbia Area
22. Porcupine Creek Trail 25 meters later.
Porcupine Creek Trail - Hiking in Clinton BC Area
23. The creek flows along the trail for a short
Creek on the Side of Porcupine Creek Trail
24-25. The first creek crossing arrives at the 400
meter mark, just after the fence.
Clinton Hiking - Porcupine Creek Trail
26. The trail then continues for just over 100
Clinton BC Trail - Porcupine Creek Trail
27...and the same creek needs to be crossed yet
again. Could be quite a challenge during the spring run-off or after a
Clinton British Columbia Hike - Porcupine Creek Trail
28. Porcupine Creek Trail at 590 meters. So far, so easy,
save for the creek crossings.
Porcupine Creek Trail
29. Marble Range Provincial Park arrives at the 640
meter mark. From what we understand, Porcupine Trail passes through the
park, but, for the most part, is located outside of it. And, yes, there
is a bear out there, and quite a large one too.
Porcupine Creek Trail - Marble Range Provincial Park Entrance
30. There are a lot of burned trees in that area, so,
watch out, as they tend to be unstable and may easily fall down at any
British Columbia Hiking - Porcupine Creek Trail near Clinton BC
31. A neat view to the left at 900 meters.
View from Porcupine Creek Trail - Hiking in British Columbia Canada
32. At 1.16 km, a sign indicates that Mt. Soues is to
the right, and Big Swamp is to the left. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,564 meters. As our GPS trail ribbon went
left, so did we.
Porcupine Creek Trail in British Columbia
33. Porcupine Creek Trail shortly after the split.
Porcupine Creek Hike near Clinton BC
34. The third creek crossing arrives at the 1.8 km
mark of the trail.
Porcupine Creek Trail Creek Crossing
Our Porcupine Creek Route Hike trip report
on Page 2.
Trip 232 - Porcupine Creek Route Hike (near
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