Wokkpash Corridor ATV/4x4/Biking/Hiking trail (Churchill
Mine Road trailhead) is a 54
km-long trail located in Northern British Columbia, about 157 km North
of Fort Nelson, the last population centre with shops and services.
There is an eatery with a small store and a gas station in Toad River,
34 km to the South. This trail leads to Wokkpash Loop Hiking Trail
(covered in the next trip report), and is a fine trail in its own right
due to several good views, and just a fairly easy and pleasant biking experience.
That said, McDonald Creek needs to be waded, and, if you are in a
vehicle, it may not be possible to cross it, if the water level is too
high. All motorized vehicles would be stopped by Racing River, about 20
km from Highway 97. You may be able get to that spot from the other
side (not sure where the other end starts), but we have not explored that area, and do not know the
There are also side roads here and there, but we did not
check them out, so there could be more discoveries in this area.
*All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and
1. Here are Google Maps directions from Fort Nelson to
Toad River. Wokkpash Corridor Trail (Churchill Mine Road trailhead) is
located 34 km South of Toad River.
2-3. Chances are you will see caribou while driving
Stone Mountain Provincial Park, located just South of Churchill
Mine Road Wokkpash Corridor trailhead. These are very interesting
animals, often hanging out by the highway.
4. We are Northbound on BC Highway 97 (Alaska Highway),
about 156 km North of Fort Nelson, passing by a sign showing 35 km to
BC Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) South of Toad River
5. Within a kilometer, a well-defined left turnoff leads
to Wokkpash Corridor ATV/4x4/Hiking/Biking Trail (and, eventually, to
Wokkpash Loop Hiking Trail). Coordinates:
N 58°41.896’ W 124°51.922’. Elevation: 1,020 meters.
BC Highway 97 at Churchill Mine Road (Wokkpash Corridor Access)
6-8. Here is a close-up of the information board seen in
the middle-left of the photo above. The board is talking about Wokkpash
LOOP Trail. Wokkpash Corridor Trail leads to Wokkpash Loop trailhead in
about 17 km from Highway 97, and then goes its separate way. In photo #7
the red square is our starting point at Churchill Mine Road, and the
blue square is the other end of Wokkpash LOOP Trail at MacDonald Creek
trailhead, 7.5 km South of Churchill Mine Road trailhead (and across from
Baba Canyon Trail).
Wokkpash Trail Information Board
Wokkpash Loop Trail Map
Wokkpash Loop Trail Information
9. From Highway 97, it's 2 km to MacDonald Creek, which
has substantial flat surface nearby for quality camping. The road is smooth
enough for all regular vehicles, even with trailers. Here we are 600
meters from the highway.
Churchill Mine Road near Toad River BC
10. At 1.9 km, the sign advises it's 20 km to the Wokkpash
Loop trailhead. Perhaps, this sign was moved here from elsewhere, as, at
this point, the Wokkpash Loop trailhead is about 15.5 km away. The sign
also warns of flash floods, which may strand you for several days.
Churchill Mine Road Hiking Advisory
11. About 100 meters later, we are at MacDonald Creek. Coordinates:
N 58°41.765’ W 124°53.299’. Elevation: 940 meters.
End of Churchill Mine Road by McDonald Creek
12. Wading is the only option here for the hikers and
bikers among us. Depending on the water level, ATVs and 4x4s may proceed
further as well.
McDonald Creek South of Toad River BC Canada
13. There are two streams separated by a short island.
McDonald Creek Northern British Columbia
14. The second
stream is deeper than the first. It wasn't too bad today, at the end of
the season and with no recent rains - about 30 cm deep at most.
McDonald Creek at Wokkpash Corridor
15. Looking back at what we have just crossed.
McDonald Creek North of Fort Nelson BC
16. Subsequent trail distances are from the point
where we crossed
MacDonald Creek. There is this large puddle just 30 meters further down
the trail. We went around on the right side, after hiding flip-flops
nearby. The flip-flops proved invaluable for MacDonald Creek crossing,
as the bottom consists of stones, some of which might be sharp enough to
cause substantial foot damage.
Wokkpash Corridor Trail
17. Then, nice and easy biking began. It's packed dirt
there, and the road has few steep hills. At 590 meters here.
Wokkpash Corridor Trail North of Fort Nelson British Columbia Canada
18. The next obstacle is surface full of loose stones due to yet
another creek at 1.68 km. We had to cross this creek several times, and,
again, it wasn't much of a problem at the end of the season. Wading
wasn't required, though biking had to stop for a bit because of all
those large loose stones.
Northern British Columbia ATV Trail - Wokkpash Corridor Trail
19. The challenging stretch is about 500 meters long. At
1.92 km here.
Northern British Columbia Hiking Trail - Wokkpash Corridor Trail
20. Crossing the creek at 2.05 km.
Northern British Columbia Horse Trail - Wokkpash Corridor Trail
21. Biking again at 2.60 km from MacDonald Creek crossing.
Wokkpash Corridor Trail near Toad River BC Canada
22. Still nice and easy at 4.53 km.
ATV Trail in Northern BC - Wokkpash Corridor Trail
23. A large puddle at 7.42 km.
Wokkpash Corridor Trail Puddle
24-25. There wasn't much view-wise up to this point, but
here at 8.05 km things started to change. A plain and slightly zoomed
Wokkpash Corridor Trail British Columbia Canada
Mountain View - Wokkpash Corridor Trail
Our Wokkpash Corridor Trail Trip Report
Continues on Page
Other Trips in Fort Nelson Area:
Trip 261 - Wokkpash Corridor
(North of Fort Nelson BC)
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