The Monkman Pass Memorial Trail is BC's newest hiking trail (July 2008), and brings together the Peace Regions of Alberta and BC. The Monkman Pass trail goes through some of the most untouched wilderness in the world, passing through the Monkman Provincial Park and ending with a river boat trip down the Herrick river. This trail is now amongst the toughest trails in Canada, and will leave you begging for more.
The trail starts with Kinuseo falls (210 ft), then goes by a series of 10 waterfalls (The Cascades), and on to Monkman Lake. It then continues up onto a sub-alpine plateau know as the Monkman Tarns region. Here there are several peaks that can be scrambled and wide open alpine hiking. This area will blow your mind!
From there, follow down Fontoniko creek past Hobi's Cabin on the Herrick River. The trail passes by Puddle Lakes and a gorge. Several small waterfalls are along this section. The trail then goes back down the other side of the divide. The vegetation starts to change. There are large douglas fir, balsam poplar, devil's club and huge ferns and skunk cabbage. The trail follows a plan that was marked for highway back in 1937/38 and slashes are still visible on the trees.
More information about Monkan Provincial Park can be found here.
Travel to Tumbler Ridge. Follow the signs out to Kinuseo Falls and Monkman provincial camp ground. It's about 57 km from town. The drive alone is a trip through history, with over thirty points of interest along the way, including dinosaur sites, short hiking and mountain biking trails, and many historic sites associated with Alex Monkman and his heroic band of pioneers.
The trail head starts at the camp ground and proceeds along the Murray River.
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Posted By: swillis
- Fri Nov 23 13:12:52 EST 2012
UpsideBeautiful country breath taking views, good trail to Monkman lake and becomes a little scetchy the further you travel. Had beautiful weather the entire time. To be safe would book 6 days to hike to get picked on the seventh day, even at this time you'll be busy, Oh take lots of batteries for GPS and good water tight maps, we got caught not being prepared as well as we should have been.
DownsideTrail was not well marked we did alot of off trail using GPS due to missing or difficult to find rock cairns, lots of ribbons faded or missing. Trail over grown from kilometer 40 on. We attempted the trail in mid August still lots of snow at higher elevations, and the creeks were higher than normal for this time of year. Got to kilometer 50 and turned around due to streams being danderous to cross and trekked back to Kinuso Falls
CommentTo be fair we were not as prepared as they reccomended, sat phone, GPS and detailed maps. I learned that you cannot cut corners with safety in this terrain. We ended up coming out with a compass and a map downloaded off the BC parks web site. Next time will be different. Georgeous place
Posted By: Brett Beisel
- Sun Mar 18 15:15:37 EDT 2012
QuestionHi I was wondering if any one had downloadable way points from hiking Monkman pass for my GPS. Trail peak says they have them but I'm having trouble getting them.. ANSWERS are in this forum: gps data coordinates
Posted By: yelofmot2035
- Sun Jun 26 16:31:33 EDT 2011
QuestionThree of us are coming up from Williams Lake at the end of July, early August. Just wondering who else might be out that week and maybe we will see you out there. - Tom.ANSWERS are in this forum: Other Hikers
Posted By: Jaegermiester7
- Sun Jun 05 00:53:49 EDT 2011
QuestionHow early in the season can this trail be hiked safely?ANSWERS are in this forum: Season
Posted By: Smolders
- Sun Apr 24 17:19:33 EDT 2011
I'm new to trail peak and I am wondering if when a trail says it takes "2 days 8 hrs" does that mean literally 56 hrs, or does it mean, two full days of hiking and 8 hrs on top of it? I'd like to know so I can better plan my trips and not be caught off guard by having way to much time on hand, or not enough.
Jake SmoldersANSWERS are in this forum: Length of Time
Posted By: Emmydoodle1
- Sun Apr 10 22:10:33 EDT 2011
QuestionCan anyone give me an idea of the condition of this trail as i plan on hiking this in the middle of august?ANSWERS are in this forum: monkman memorial trail
Posted By: AFrayn
- Wed Jul 15 14:48:01 EDT 2009
QuestionJust wanted to let you know there are also GPS coordinates on the BC Provincial Park site under Monkman Memorial Trail.ANSWERS are in this forum: GPS
Posted By: dominic
- Sat Dec 13 04:45:21 EST 2008
QuestionIs a river boat necessary? could a friend in a fishing boat not make it up from Prince George?? I just moved to PG and don't know the water systems at all but would love to do the hike. ANSWERS are in this forum: Getting out
Posted By: email@example.com
- Sun Oct 19 09:37:24 EDT 2008
Upsidehey everyone will again well we hicked the trail, and wow what a trip it was we had sun the first day for maby four hours before it started raining and it pretty much stayed like that for the rst of the trip of course except in the higher elevations where it snowed. the hike starts at 2900ft climbs for the first two and a half days to 6500ft mainly all on the third day. Then levels off prety much all the way to decent camp which we never found. i dont recmoended the trail in the winter unless you have gps which ive uploaded because to trail in the alpine area is only marked by little rock statues every 100 feet and with snow covering them its very difficult. which was part of the reason for never making it to decent camp we thought on day there we would just put in a tough day and hike from monkman lake to there but were over come by night fall and bad weather so just shy we figured by about 1000ft we decided to go off route and decend in to the tree line at 4500 ft for protection and the meet up with the trail in the morning between decent and balkay horse camp, and again that morning most of the decent was that day to. One of the problems with the trails however aside from pretty step sections, is the last 20km. since its out of the park boundary its never really been developed aside from old blazes on trees from the 40's and pink ribbon from some one more recent, this being said it hasnt been cleared hardly at all theres ALOT of bush wacking and the trail crosses the rivers 6 times where theres no bridge or zip lines. So with snow on the rivers edge we stripped down numerous times and walked through the thigh high water. all and all though the glaciers and year rond snow packs on top were pretty amazing. Definitly recamond you allow more time for the trail though plan to hike for 6 days and get picked up one the 7 day. oh and most the camp grounds were well equiped i marked the ones we stopped at on the gps data. good luck to all who try the trail. and if your wondering how you get out from obis cabin there two ways both cost $1200 dollars, a river boat that takes four hours can pick you up from prince george or The way i did Rob from RIDGE ROTORS in tumbler ridge. can chopper you and your gear out in just 25 mins, and you get to see alot along the way. William cottrell.
Posted By: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wed Sep 10 12:43:35 EDT 2008
QuestionHi there my names william and im wondering if you have your gps data available for this trip im planning on doing the trail here shortly and would love to have the way points already marked? Thanks a bunch, email@example.com ANSWERS are in this forum: monkman memorial pass trail