About 5 km to the end of the trail at the second "blue" lake. The first 3 km or so are through a beautiful but dense forest. The trail is moderately steep, and climbs consistently. This hike offers some great views on sunny days, but is still worthwhile when overcast. Be prepared to get wet though.
You can not actually get down to the first Blue lake, due to the dense and steep bush.
There are two steep creeks that run into the first lake, which can be dangerous to negotiate in late spring from all the run off, so be careful!
Off to the left of the trail is a picnic area with an off shoot to the top of the large waterfall (nice view - see photo). If you explore closer to the second lake, you will find another picnic site here and be able to get around to the back of the lake.
There is no "third blue lake" but feel free to scout out further up if you don't believe me! You must add a couple more hours if you are doing any exploring up here or lunch.
This is a must do trail for Hazelton/Smithers/Terrace locals.
Skiing the ridges in winter, but please check the Avaluator
(Online Trip Planner) rating is: Challenging.
See more trip planner route details
Also see the guide book by Einar Blix: Trails to Timberline. Smithers:1989.
Mudflat creek is located about 12 k east of New Hazelton on a cautionary 80kph 90 degree corner. Just west of this there is a road on the west side of Hwy 16 (right side when coming from New Hazelton).
Enter here and there will be a BC Forest Service Sign marking the trail head just past a small gravel pit.
Follow the well travelled road all the way to the parking area at the top. (If you have 2WD or no clearance, you will have to hike half of the road to get to the trail head). Forestry cleared out the road in '05, so it is a bit easier to negotiate.
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Posted By: squirley
- Tue Sep 12 07:10:03 UTC 2006
UpsideI hike alot in the Terrace area and this trail was gorgeous. We want to go back and stay the weekend and explore the glaciers and the area further. A must to see. DownsideThe directions above were confussing, coming from Hazelton you don't go near Mudflat Creek. The trail turn off is 9 km from the New Hazelton Info Centre on the right hand side after the straight stretch before the sharp corner and there is no cautionary 80km sign on this corner. The trailhead is 4 km from the highway.