Dunedin Trail is located in Northeastern British Columbia, North of Fort
Nelson. This hike is fairly easy, save for the muddy and swampy areas,
of which there are plenty. The trail starts right by Alaska Highway,
passes by a small hunting camp, and then reaches Dunedin River 7.6 km
after the start. The views are few and far in-between. There is one
decent mountain view, and the river looks fine. However, this trail is
very, very muddy. We hiked at the end of a fairly dry season, and still
there was a whole lot of mud in some stretches, occasionally for
hundreds of meters in a row. After a heavy rain or early in the season
this would be a monumentally difficult trail to hike. Perhaps, for this
reason the information board by the trailhead states 8 hours return for
15 kilometers of hiking? It took us 3 hours 20 minutes round trip, but
this could certainly be a much longer hike, if the mud is more plentiful.
Even though there is a bicycle symbol on the information board, this is
not a biking trail, unless you enjoy a slow and thoroughly exhausting
biking through all the mud. Horse riders would likely enjoy it here, and
so would ATV riders.
1. We are Northbound on Alaska Highway (BC Highway 97), approximately 10
km North of
Teetering Rock trailhead access road turnoff, and 106 km North of
BC Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) North of Fort Nelson
2. Exactly 41.8 km from Teetering Rock access road turnoff, and about
137 km North of Fort Nelson, we are at Dunedin Trailhead seen on the
right side. You can either park on the side of the highway, or, with a
4x4, drive up
the trail for about 900 meters to the hunting camp, where there is a lot
more space to park.
Alaska Highway (BC Highway 97) at Dunedin Trailhead
3. Here is Dunedin Trailhead. Coordinates:
Elevation: 1,151 meters.
4-5. Information board by the trailhead talks about the trail and shows
the trail map.
Dunedin Trail Information Board
Dunedin Trail Map
6. Check this out - EIGHT hours return for 15 km round trip. That's less
than 2 km per one hour of hiking, something one would see on the most
difficult trails out there. Indeed, must be accounting for all the
possible mud on the trail.
Information for Dunedin Trail in Northern British Columbia Canada
7. Dunedin Trail begins. Here at 70 meters from the trailhead (all distances
are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate).
Dunedin Trail North of Fort Nelson BC Canada
8. Now at 530 meters of Dunedin Trail. It's a steady climb at first,
though you actually lose altitude by the end of the trail near Dunedin
9. Hunting camp is at 900 meters of the trail. There are no major muddy
spots until the camp, and the trail is not too complicated aside from
one somewhat steep stretch, so most 4WD vehicles with medium and high
clearance should have no trouble getting here from the highway.
Hunting Camp in Northern British Columbia by Dunedin Trail
10. Unless you have an ATV, it's a good idea not to drive past the
hunting camp, as the road narrows down substantially and gets very muddy
in many spots. At 1.35 km here.
Dunedin Trail British Columbia Canada
11-12. At 2.35 km, here comes the mud. Several hundred meters of it.
Muddy Dunedin Trail
Dunedin Trail Mud
13. Now at 2.45 km. Still muddy.
British Columbia Hike - Dunedin Trail
14. Time for a small swamp. 2.90 km of Dunedin Trail.
Swampy Dunedin Trail in British Columbia Canada
15-16. The only decent mountain view (until the end of the trail) is at
View from Dunedin Trail
Mountain in Northern British Columbia Canada
17-19. At 6.23 km, 6.30 km, and 7.16 km, there are three very similar
creek crossing. They were easy enough today, but could become a serious
challenge after a heavy rain or early in the season.
Dunedin Trail Creek Crossing
20-22. At 7.60 km, after 1 hour and 35 minutes of hiking, we have
reached the end of the trail at Dunedin River. Coordinates:
Elevation: 913 meters (238 meters elevation loss from the trailhead). Left to right.
Dunedin River British Columbia
Dunedin River in Northern BC Canada
23. Now a panorama.
our video of the views from this location.
It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to get back to the trailhead. It's
probably a good idea to wait until the end of the season to hike Dunedin
Trail, which, aside from the mud and swampy areas, is a fairly decent
hike, with several fine views. Recommended.
If you would continue driving North on Alaska Highway, 49 km from
Dunedin Trail (186 km North of Fort Nelson) the highway crosses Racing
River with very fine views on both sides.
1. Here is the bridge across Racing River. Looking South.
BC Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) at Racing River
2-3. A bit more to the right, and a zoomed view of the mountain.
Mountain by Racing River British Columbia Canada
4-5. Now looking the other way.
View from near Alaska Highway in Northern British Columbia Canada