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Trip 267 - September 6, 2022 (Tuesday)

Boulder Canyon Trail Hike

Near Muncho Lake BC

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Boulder Canyon Trailhead Location: Just North of Muncho Lake, off BC Highway 97 (Alaska Hwy), approximately 268 km North of Fort Nelson.

Liked: Canyon and mountain views, interesting stone formations, no bugs.

Of Note: No tree cover. The trail is semi-dangerous and is for (semi)-experienced and well-equipped hikers only, especially if hiking up the mountains past the creek bed. Some minor scrambling is required. Hiking on the creek bed is required for much of the trail, and may not be possible in high water. Very windy on the ridge in the alpine. Most of the trail is composed of loose stones of various sizes and dirt. Hiking poles and boots are essential.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Approximate Trailhead Coordinates: Page 79 (Muncho Lake) E2.

 

Boulder Canyon Trail (not to be confused with Boulder Gardens Route near Tumbler Ridge) is located in Northeastern British Columbia off BC Highway 97 (Alaska Hwy) just North of Muncho Lake, and approximately 268 km North of Fort Nelson, the last town with major services of any kind. Muncho Lake has two gas stations and Northern Rockies Lodge, and that's about it.

Boulder Canyon Trail is located 16.5 km North of Old Alaska Highway Trail South, which we covered in the previous trip report. Boulder Canyon is not as spectacular, but has enough good views to make it a very worthwhile hike for a properly equipped and (semi-)experienced hiker. The trail is composed of stones, large and small, which are frequently loose, mixed with dirt past the creek bed. The creek was dry during our hike late in the season, but any presence of water would make it complicated, if not impossible, to pass a few obstacles where some scrambling is required.

Also, once the first split arrives at about the 2.4 km mark of the hike, the going gets very tough, and the steepness of the terrain combined with a mix of loose stones and dirt would provide a real challenge. That said, the higher you climb, the better the views, so there is a good incentive to keep moving.

Today, we hiked past four splits, and climbed up for a bit, for a total one-way distance of about 5 kilometers. It is certainly possible to hike much further for potentially even better views.

The distances are as follows:

Trailhead to Split 1 (end of relatively easy hiking) - 2.4 km.

Split 1 to Split 2 - 400 meters.

Split 2 to Split 3 - 300 meters.

Split 3 to Split 4 - 310 meters.

Split 4 to hike end (possible to hike much further) - 1.5 km.

*All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.


34. Another scramble awaits 215 meters from Split 4. This is a tough one, and you might be better off detouring on the right side about 50 meters prior to that.


Boulder Canyon Hike

35. After the scramble.


Boulder Canyon Route

36. At 485 meters from Split 4 now. The steep terrain and loose stones/dirt make it a particularly difficult stretch.


Boulder Canyon Route Hike in Muncho Lake BC Area

37-38. At 610 meters, there is a stand-alone hoodoo on the left side.


Boulder Canyon Route Hoodoo

Hoodoo

39. Looking left by the hoodoo. Coordinates: N 5904.798 W 12545.824. Elevation: 1,405 meters.


Boulder Canyon Route - British Columbia Hiking

40. The terrain after the hoodoo is just as complicated as before. It is steeper than it looks.


Boulder Canyon Route Hike - British Columbia Canada

41. Looking back at 680 meters from Split 4.


Boulder Canyon near Muncho Lake BC

42. It got even steeper after that.


Boulder Canyon Route Hike in Canada

43. Like, no kidding. Looking back again.


Steep Hiking - Boulder Canyon Route - Northern British Columbia

44. The canyon we came from.


Boulder Canyon North of Fort Nelson BC

45. Finally, the terrain became less steep on the right side at about 880 meters. We went there for a bit prior to resuming the climb.


Hike in British Columbia - Boulder Canyon Route

46. This is also where we found a very obvious path, unclear if animal- or human-made. It went around the mountain on our right and veered to the left and out of sight.


Boulder Canyon Route near Muncho Lake BC Canada

47. And here is the mountain ahead of us which we continued to climb.


British Columbia Boulder Canyon Route Hike

48. Steep again. At 1.01 km from Split 4.


Mountain Hiking in Northern British Columbia

49. Just a bit more...at 1.08 km here.


Northern Rockies Hiking

50. And we are on a ridge at 1.28 km from Split 4.


Canada Northern Rockies Hiking

51. Looking back from the ridge.


Boulder Canyon Route Hike in Muncho Lake BC Area

52. Looking back and to the right we see the general trailhead location and all four splits (we took the right split every time to end up where we ended up).


Boulder Canyon Route Northern British Columbia Canada

53. We continued up the ridge. It's not as steep as the earlier terrain. At 1.50 km from Split 4 there was still much left to be hiked, but we stopped right here. Coordinates: N 5904.842 W 12545.245. Elevation: 1,760 meters (665 meters elevation gain from Split 1 for an average grade of 44%).


Northern Rockies Hiking in British Columbia Canada

55. Looking back.


Northern Rockies BC Canada

56. Looking right.


Boulder Canyon near Muncho Lake BC

57. Looking left.


British Columbia Northern Rockies

58. Now with a zoom. That's Muncho Lake in the distance.


Muncho Lake

59. A panorama of the place.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

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Boulder Canyon Trail is quite challenging, especially after the canyon, but has enough good views to make it a highly recommended hike for (semi-)experienced properly equipped hikers.


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Other Trips in Fort Nelson Area:


Stone Sheep Trail


 

Summit Ridge Trail

Summit Peak Trail

Teetering Rock Trail


Fort Nelson Visit

 


Dunedin Trail Hike

 


Wokkpash Loop Trail

 


Wokkpash Corridor

 


Peterson Canyon Visit

 


Baba Canyon Trail

 


Red Rock Canyon Trail

 


Old Alaska Hwy Trail

 


      

 

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