Mt. Murray Trail) is
a moderately easy hike trekking through forests to the alpine
peaks of Mount Murray, Mount Greenbury or to Mount Waverly. The
round trip 8.4 kilometre alpine trail is located south of Bowron
Lake, northwest of the community of Wells
and north of the heritage mining town of Barkerville.
alpine route climbs 604 metres to the peak of Mount Greenberry
and then onto Murray Ridge on Mount Murray and some cabin remains.
The entire loop route takes anywhere from 3 - 5 hours to complete
depending on your groups fitness and weather conditions. From
the mountain peaks are a series of wide ranging viewpoints looking
out over the surrounding mountain ranges, alpine valleys, Bowron
Lake Park and the Heritage Highway leading to the communities
of Wells and Barkerville.
is mostly used by hikers and cross country skiers. The main trail
follows a single wide pine needle covered path, over tree roots,
under forest cover to some switchbacks leading up the mountain
above the tree line. As you explore along the Yellowhawk Trail
there is an off-shoot trail available before reaching the summit
of Mount Greenberry leading to Waverly Mountain.
return the same route back, others take a different trail down.
An alternative return trail winds around the north side of Mt.
Murray called the Jubilee Creek Trail.
Both trails are relatively well marked on Mount Murray. Although
locating the trailheads along Murray Ridge is tricky. To descend
down the Jubilee trail look for trail signs on the trees.
Both trails start from the
same gravel road. If your group hikes to Mount Murray and Mount
Greenbury on the Yellowhawk Trail and decide to descend using
the Jubilee Trail there is a 3 km stretch of the Bowron Lake gravel
road that separates the two trailheads. This part of the loop
route can be walked or biked. Or make sure to set up two vehicles
(one at each trailhead) for a shuttle service.
Be prepared when hiking the
peaks of this trail as wind can pick up and temperatures can drop,
even in the summers. It is important to layer your clothing and
have plenty of water and good hiking boots. The trail system is
in wildlife country. Be bear aware.
Get to the Yellowhawk Trail: From
Quesnel , BC travel north on Hwy 97 to the Heritage Highway (Hwy
26) turn off located on the right of the highway. Travel Highway
26 towards Barkerville and Wells, BC. just prior to Barkerville
is the Bowron Lakes turn off. Take it. At about 3.7 km mark is
the Yellowhawk Trailhead on your right.
Contact information for
the local Wells, Barkerville & Bowron Lake community
accommodations, tours, guides, activities, campgrounds,
attractions, etc. are posted under the community links listed
to your right. >>>