Northeastern British Columbia, approximately 95 km North of Fort Nelson via BC
A fairly easy
trail (up to the boulder field) through a pleasant forest, colourful plants,
several fine forest scenes, impressive mountain and valley views from the first
viewpoint, several interesting large stones / stone formations, shade in the
forest, no bugs.
trail is badly overgrown at 2.0 km for about 200 meters, occasional
noise from Hwy 97 until the campsite with a busted toilet, several muddy
sections, extremely dangerous boulder field at the end of the trail.
Hiking poles and boots are recommended (up to the boulder field) and are
essential for the boulder field and beyond. Rain/long paints and a
long-sleeved shirt would be very useful as well, especially for the
overgrown part of the trail. A GPS with a trail ribbon highly
recommended for the boulder field, and for the overgrown part of the
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
Coordinates: Page 80 (Steamboat) E5.
Other Trips in Fort Nelson Area:
Fort Nelson BC Visit,
Summit Peak Trail,
Summit Ridge Trail,
Stone's Sheep Trail.
Teetering Rock Trail is located in Northeastern British Columbia, off
Highway 97, approximately 95 kilometers North of the town of Fort
Nelson. It's mostly an easy-to-moderately difficult trail, until a very
complicated boulder field closer to the end of the hike. This trail is
named after a large rock, "teetering" on top of a mountain and appearing
ready to fall down in the foreseeable future. The rock itself is not
very appealing, but there are other decent rock views in that area. A
very impressive First Viewpoint could be a good destination, if you want
to have a shorter hike.
Teetering Rock Trail is about 12 km long one-way, and has four
distinctive stretches. Trailhead to First Viewpoint -
4.75 km. First Viewpoint to Camping Area - 3.0 km. Camping Area to
Boulder Field - 2.7 km. Boulder Field to end of trail - about 1.2 km.
The trail is mostly easy to follow, though a 200-meter-long stretch at
around the 2.0 km mark is badly overgrown, and a GPS with a trail ribbon
might prove very helpful.
Today, we made it all the way to the boulder field,
and even went forward for about 300 meters, when we realized that this
field is a disaster waiting to happen, turned around, went back, and
then the disaster did happen before we cleared from the boulder field.
We stumbled, slipped from a stone, and fell down head first for about 2
- 2.5 meters, landed on our left hand with a heavy backpack pushing from
above, and briefly dislocated the shoulder. It popped back in by itself
within a minute, but it sure was not a pleasant feeling standing in the
middle of nowhere, surrounded by huge stones, with a sharp shoulder
pain, and figuring out what to
do next. The SOS button on our Inreach satellite device was pretty close
to being used for the first time, but we managed to walk out, and headed
to Fort Nelson hospital, where it was determined that it wasn't all that
bad. A serious shoulder sprain all it was, and we lived to hike another
22. Now hiking from the first viewpoint to the camping area, which is
three kilometers away.
Teetering Rock Trail in Fort Nelson BC Area
23. 185 meters from the viewpoint, we are entering the forest again.
Northern British Columbia Hiking - Teetering Rock Trail
24. At 890 meters, there is a split. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,224 meters. To the right is a shorter trail, apparently up a mountain. The main
trail is left/straight. In our GPS with Backroad Mapbook software, both
trails were indicated by trail
ribbons, and both were called "Teetering Rock Trail."
Hiking Teetering Rock Trail in Northern British Columbia Canada
25. We continued on the main trail (never explored the trail on the
right), and here it is at 2.9 km from the first viewpoint, where it got
muddy for a short bit. This being the end of a fairly dry season,
chances are pretty good that Teetering Rock Trail is substantially
muddier than this in the middle of the Summer.
Muddy Teetering Rock Trail British Columbia Canada
26-27. At 3.0 km from the first viewpoint (7.75 km from the trailhead),
we have reached the camping area. There are two picnic tables here, a
metal fire ring, and
a busted outhouse.
Teetering Rock Trail Camping Area
Teetering Rock Trail Busted Outhouse
28. From the camping area, it's 2.7 km to the end of the obvious trail
and the start of that challenging boulder field. At 340 meters past the
camping area here.
Hiking in Fort Nelson BC Area - Teetering Rock Trail
29. Another fine ridge hike begins at 980 meters.
Teetering Rock Trail in Fort Nelson BC Area
30. At 1.35 km from the camping area now.
British Columbia Hiking - Teetering Rock Trail
31-32. A fine view to the right at 1.58 km. Plain and zoomed. Teetering Rock is to the left, soon to be seen.
View from Teetering Rock Trail on Northern British Columbia Canada
Teetering Rock Trail View
33. At 1.69 km, you reach a T-junction with a barely standing sign. Turn
to the right.
Hiking in British Columbia - Teetering Rock Trail
34. The ridge hike continues. At 2.20 km from the camping area now.
Teetering Rock Trail
35. Colours. At 2.68 km.
Canada Hiking - Teetering Rock Trail - Northern British Columbia
36. At 2.70 km from the camping area (10.45 km from the trailhead), the
obvious trail ends at this very obvious ridge. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,311 meters.
Teetering Rock Trail Hike
37-38. Neat stone formations straight ahead.
View from Teetering Rock Trail
Teetering Rock Trail View British Columbia
39. From here, it's a boulder field of about one kilometer long, and then
a scramble up to the Teetering Rock. It's a nasty boulder field, full of
huge stones and much vegetation in-between. There is no trail, no
markers, and the GPS trail ribbon is of little use. You jump off a stone
only to have one or both of your feet fall through mossy ground up to
the knee. It's not very often that we turn around before reaching the
end of the trail, but this was one such time. We went forward for about
300 meters, turned around, went back for 100 meters or so, fell down,
got substantially hurt. This is the beginning of the boulder field. It's
not too bad, but then things get complicated in a hurry.
Teetering Rock Trail Boulder Field
40. We might have fallen from this stone, or another one like that, but
boy was it ever not fun. Falling for 2-2.5 meters face forward for
several seconds trying not to hit the rock-strewn ground below with your
face, smacking into the ground with left hand stretched forward and
feeling the shoulder joint pop out, getting a sharp pain and trying to
figure out what to do next, was definitely not the highlight of this
hike. Fortunately, the joint went back to its place by itself within a
minute, and we were able to hike out before heading to Fort Nelson
Boulders on Teetering Rock Trail in Northern BC Canada
41-42. Before the nasty fall, took a photo of the Teetering Rock (slight
zoom, and a lot of zoom).
Teetering Rock in Northern British Columbia
43. A neat view to the right.
View from Teetering Rock Boulder Field
45. And we are back at the ridge seen in photo #36, looking back now.
Teetering Rock Trail in Fort Nelson British Columbia Canada Area
46-47. To wrap things up, a few more photos of the fine views from the
first viewpoint, taken on the way back.
View from Teetering Rock Trail First Viewpoint
Teetering Rock Trail has numerous fine views, especially from the first
viewpoint. Highly recommended up to the boulder field, but not recommended
further than that due to very dangerous conditions even when it's
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