The Northern Rockies offers a variety of hiking, biking, riding experiences; everything from a short easy walk right off the Alaska Highway to a multi-day trek through scenic wilderness! Come explore the Northern Rockies!
The Northern Rockies Hiking Guide is now in its Second Edition, with a new look and feel, a new format, and newly GPS'd and designed maps. A collection of the most popular trails (including maps) are available for free download below!
Walk, bike, or ski through this example of the Fort Nelson Lowlands Ecosystem. Variable trail lengths allows visitors to choose their desired level of activity. Being located minutes from downtown, this patch of Northern Boreal Forest, is a perfect place for a quick evening stroll or an afternoon hike. Varying routes offer a selection of lengths and interpretive signs are placed throughout. View the trail map and description here
Moderately easy ski trails traveling through a prime example of a lowland black spruce ecosystem. Multiple loops allow you to determine your own trail length and a chain of 3 lakes, with a small shelter on the second one, makes this a memorable trip. 12.5 kms full round trip, 8.5 kms second lake round trip, 6 kms to the shelter
A moderately hard trail leading onto an open pine ridge with views of the Tetsa River Valley. A campsite at kilometre 7 offers an overnight stop before heading to the base of Teetering Rock, a boulder the size of a house teetering on a small rock pedestal. 23 kilometres round trip, allow eight hours return trip or overnight. Non-motorized route only. View the trail map and description here
A short, 2 kilometre hike along the Tetsa River then up and over a saddle to a small pond nestled in the valley behind with good bird watching opportunities. Trailhead is found at the first crossing of the Tetsa River under the Alaska Highway. Just before going over the bridge, you can find a pullout on the left side of the highway where you can park to access the hiking trail. Non-motorized route only.
A well-defined trail leading into the wide and rugged Dunedin River Valley. This trail will lead you down to the Dunedin River through some thick forest alongside a picturesque creek. 15 kilometres round trip, allow 8 hours return. Trail can be found just before entering the eastern boundary of Stone Mountain Provincial Park, taking off from the right (north) side of the highway, appearing like a small gravel road. Non-motorized route only.
Pullout to the left side of the highway going north. This parking and offloading area is used to access the Tetsa River Valley.
Pullout to the left side of the highway going north just before reaching the Tetsa Bridge #1. This parking and offloading area is used to access two trails. One leads south into the Tetsa Valley and the other leads north into the Dunedin River.
A moderate 4.5 km hike that offers a full panoramic view of the Northern Rockies at the top, and looks down onto Flower Springs Trail and Summit Tower Road on one side, and an unnamed river valley on the other. Trailhead is located 2 km inside Stone Mountain Provincial Park on the south side of the highway, opposite a large pullout.
A 5 km walk that leads through valleys of alpine flowers to a lake and waterfall at the base of Mt. St. George. Trailhead is found at Summit Lake Campground. View map and trail description here
A 5 km hike leading up Mt. St. Paul. Summit this mountain while enjoying panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Keep an eye out for camouflaged rock ptarmigan.
This is a moderately easy 12 km walk follows a decommissioned road, through alpine landscapes to views of the McDonald valley and the Northern Rocky Mountains. Trailhead is found at Summit Lake Campground.
This is an easy ½ km walk to the base of a naturally formed erosion pillar where you will enjoy views of the McDonald River Valley. Area is frequented by Stone Sheep and Caribou. View map and trail description here
Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, the Wokkpash Trail is a hiker’s paradise. Encounter dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and pure wilderness on this multi-day trek (65 km/39 miles). Trail is accessed by a 19 km 4x4 road. A 21 km creek drainage with multiple backcountry camps and a well defined trail. This area is used extensively in the fall for hunting.
A moderately easy 6 km walk along an old section of the Alaska Highway with a view of the highway and across McDonald Valley. The trailhead is located 4 km past the Summit Lake Campground, there is an old road on the north side of the highway.
This popular 5 km hike leads up to and crosses the canyon’s creek several times before clambering up a small ridge to a viewpoint of the McDonald Valley. Several wildflower species dot the creek in early summer, including lady slipper orchids. Trailhead is on the north side of the Alaska Highway.
This is a hike of any length for visitors to enjoy. Follow it for a few kilometers enjoying wildflowers and often seen caribou or take a multi-day trip and reach Wokkpash Lake. Trailhead is on the south side of the highway, at the same spot as Baba Canyon.
A 25 kilometre route for full sized vehicles with travel restricted to 400 metres on either side of the trail. In less than a kilometer, take the left fork to drive up to the top of Nonda Corridor.
There are two motorized routes which are suitable for mountain biking, leading into the wilderness and wide river valleys of the Northern Rockies, located on each side of Moose Lake. The West Toad Corridor is a 23 km route to the west, the Yedhe Corridor is a 36 km to the east. Please see the Hunting section for further details.
A moderately easy 12 km round trip trail following a decommissioned section of the Alaska Highway. Find wooden culverts still in use and marvel at the construction of original bridges still in place. Access the trail head 37 km past the Muncho Lake Provincial Park entrance sign, pull off the highway to the right onto a gravel road just past the “Sawtooth Mountains” viewpoint pullout. Follow the gravel road to the where the road is washed out. Non-motorized route.
A moderate 6 km round trip hike to a small waterfall in what has become known as Red Rock Canyon, so named because of the old, erosion exposed, reddish rock. There is no distinct trail, simply follow the creek bed upstream, and be prepared to hop over or wade through the creek to reach the falls. Trail is located in Muncho Lake Provincial Park, 40 km from the entrance into the park you will see a creek running under the highway, across from the highway maintenance yard, pull off highway to the right. Non-motorized route.
A 4 km trail starts easy with a long, gradual elevation gain off the alluvial fan with a moderately difficult side trail towards the viewpoint of Muncho Lake. Begin this trail at the Strawberry Flats campground. From the trailhead sign, the trail crosses and continues on the east side of the highway. Follow the cairns (trail markers) across the alluvial fan until the old highway heads off the fan and cuts into the side slope of the hill. The trail continues along for 2 km and concludes when the old highway meets the new highway. The side trail to the viewpoint offers excellent views of the entire lake. Non-motorized route.
A moderately easy trail that forks into two drainage routes: Northern drainage 4.1km roundtrip or Southern drainage 5.1 km round trip. Watch for Stone Sheep often seen close to the steep walls of the southern drainage. The start of this trail is found 2 km past the Strawberry Flats campground, turn off the highway to the right into a pullout with interpretive signs and space for parking. The trail begins on the left hand side of the pullout facing the alluvial fan. Non-motorized route.
A moderately easy 4.6 km round trip trail has a small elevation gain but crosses ground that is uneven and rocky. The trail is best done n the fall when water levels are low. Access the trail, 5km past the Muncho Lake Viewpoint on the Alaska Highway. The pullout is on the east side of the road and is distinguishable by the large boulders outlining it. Non-motorized route.
A moderately easy walk to viewpoints of the Trout River and mineral laden cliffs where wildlife can occasionally been seen licking the minerals found in the soil. The 1.3 km roundtrip trail takes you downhill to the viewpoints and offers a longer gradual uphill back to the parking area. The trail head is approximately 15 kms past the Muncho Lake Viewpoint. Watch for the hiking/viewpoint sign to indicate where you turn off the highway. View map and trail description here