Old Alaska Highway Trail is located in Northeastern
British Columbia, in an unincorporated community of Muncho Lake, about
252 km North of Fort Nelson, the closest town with more-or-less limited
services, including a hospital. As the name suggests, the trail used to
be Alaska Highway when originally built, but, as years went by, some
parts of the highway were slightly moved, including the stretch by
Muncho Lake, so this trail came into existence. There are two trailheads
for Old Alaska Highway Trail - the south one (by Strawberry Flats
Campground), and the north one, about 1.4 km further on Highway 97.
Today, we started at the south trailhead, finished at the
north trailhead, and then hiked 1.4 km on the highway to return to the parking
lot. This trail can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. If
all you are interested in is an easy pleasant hike with a decent view of
Muncho Lake, then ignore a very challenging side trail which rapidly
gains elevation but provides great panoramic views of Muncho Lake and
the surrounding mountains. If, however, you are properly equipped and do
not mind the climb and the subsequent descent, this trail is as good as
it gets in the views department, and will certainly not disappoint.
It is better to hike here early in the morning or on a cloudy
day, as, otherwise, the sun would be shining in your eyes, somewhat
affecting the views of Muncho Lake, like it did today. But, even then, Old
Alaska Highway is one impressive hike.
*All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and
1. Here is a Google Maps location of Muncho Lake, where
Old Alaska Highway Trail can be found.
2. We are Northbound on BC Highway 97 (Alaska Hwy),
entering Muncho Lake.
BC Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) Muncho Lake British Columbia Canada
3. Muncho Lake, BC. There are two gas station (at the
north and south ends of the lake), as well as Northern Rockies Lodge at
the north end.
Muncho Lake BC Canada
4. Strawberry Flats Campground is located 2.2 km from
Muncho Lake sign.
BC Highway 97 at Strawberry Flats Campground in Muncho Lake British
5. Just 200 meters later, on the right side, is the
parking lot for the south trailhead of Old Alaska Highway Trail. Coordinates:
N 58°56.950’ W 125°46.265’.
Elevation: 870 meters. It's
252 km North of Fort Nelson, and 3.0 km North of
Red Rock Canyon Trail.
Going further North from here, it is 1.4 km to Old Alaska Highway north trailhead,
3.7 km to an awesome
Stone Sheep Trail, and 7.2 km to Northern Rockies Lodge (gas, ice,
Muncho Lake BC at Old Alaska Highway Trail SOUTH Parking Lot
6-8. The info board describes the hike and has a trail
map. If you just go South-North, there are a few moderately difficult
short climbing stretches at the beginning and at the end. However, for
the best views of Muncho Lake and the mountains you need to take that
short but very red side trail.
Old Alaska Highway Trail Information Board
Old Alaska Highway Trail Information
Old Alaska Highway Trail Map Muncho Lake BC Canada
9. On the right side (south side) of the large parking
lot is the trailhead for Old Alaska Highway Trail.
Old Alaska Highway Trailhead
10. Keep to the right to cross the dyke at the easiest
Muncho Lake Hiking - Old Alaska Highway Trail
11. The easiest spot of the dyke is on the very right
Old Alaska Highway Trail Muncho Lake BC Canada
12. Having crossed the dyke 100 meters from the
trailhead, head in the 10 o-clock direction, where the arrow is pointing
at a very obvious large sand spot. If there is too much water (there was
none during our hike late in the season) and you don't feel like wading,
drive 1.4 km further North on Alaska Highway to the north trailhead,
where there is no such obstacle. Also, if you keep going up the river
bed here, there are some interesting hoodoos in about 700-800 meters on
the right side, and, potentially, some good views further on (we did not
Old Alaska Highway Trail - Hiking in British Columbia Canada
13. At 300 meters, we can see the continuation of the
trail at the bottom of the large sand spot.
Old Alaska Highway Trail in Northeastern British Columbia Canada
14. The river bed crossing is done at about 330 meters,
and the very obvious trail starts to climb up. Coordinates:
N 58°56.935’ W 125°45.864’.
Elevation: 860 meters.
Muncho Lake BC - Old Alaska Highway Trail Hike
15. Old Alaska Highway Trail at 365 meters from the south
Old Alaska Highway Trail North of Fort Nelson BC Canada
16. You can still get a decent view of Muncho Lake
without having to climb the tough side trail. At 615 meters here.
Muncho Lake BC
17. Now at 800 meters of Old Alaska Highway Trail in
Muncho Lake, BC.
Muncho Lake View from Old Alaska Highway Trail
18. The split arrives at 885 meters. Coordinates:
N 58°57.086’ W 125°46.094’. Elevation: 900 meters. It's 1.4 km from
here to Old Alaska Highway north trailhead, if you go straight - easy
hiking but not much to see. And, if you are properly equipped and want
to check out some really awesome views, a very tough side trail starts
on the right side of the split.
Old Alaska Highway Trail Split British Columbia Canada
19. We turned right. 30 meters from the split.
Muncho Lake Hiking - Old Alaska Highway Trail
20. Now at 90 meters.
Old Alaska Highway Trail in Muncho Lake British Columbia
21. The side trail goes in and out of the woods. At 140
meters from the split.
Old Alaska Highway Hike in Muncho Lake BC Canada
22-23. Looking right and back at 210 meters.
Our Old Alaska Highway Trail Hike Trip Report
on Page 2.
Other Trips in Fort Nelson
Trip 266 - Old Alaska Highway Trail
(Muncho Lake BC)
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