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Baba Canyon Trail

Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, British Columbia

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  • Parking area adjacent to the Alaska Highway.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Section of the lower trail.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Water cutting through rock.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Cascading water pools.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Wildflower blooms.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Upper trail vista.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Peering north. A second option is to say left up the creek bed and head into valley in the distance of the photo. - Baba Canyon Trail
  • Looking back toward the Alaska Highway.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Waterfall at the upper trail.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Trail bed facing the Alaska Highway.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Crossing a creek peering toward the Alaska Highway.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Boulder formations and the creek.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Trail through a forest section.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Falls at the trail's mid-point.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Typical section of trail in forest cover.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Section of trail through a boulder field.- Baba Canyon Trail
  • Porcupine along the trail.- Baba Canyon Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Interesting rock formations. Availability of water. Wildlife corridor.
Cons: 
Lack of defined trail in areas. Parking area is undeveloped. No services such as restrooms.
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Region:
Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
1,496.00 m (4,908.14 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
7.50 km (4.66 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
382.00 m (1,253.28 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,114.00 m (3,654.86 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located at mile 378 of the historic Alaska Highway, Baba Canyon Trail lies within Stone Mountain Provincial Park and is a short drive from the Summit Lake Campground. Parking is available on either side of the highway; however, parking on the opposite side of the highway is recommended for larger RVs or trucks with trailers. 

The trail leads northeast from the highway, staying close to the creek edge and crossing it several times. Because of the generally rocky terrain, the trail (a worn mark in the ground from past hikers and wildlife) is only visible when it enters the trees or where there is some sort of ground cover. Following the creek for most of the canyon will naturally lead you to visible sections of the trail. 

For much of Baba Canyon, hikers can generally pick their own route by staying close to the creek and following it upstream. Many small waterfalls, canyons, deep clear pools, and interesting rock formations can be found this way. 

At about 2 kilometers along the trial the creek divides and splits to either side of a ridge. This is a great place to clamber up the hillside and turn back for a view of Baba Canyon and the expansive MacDonald Creek drainage beyond. 

To continue onward, hikers have the option of going right or left. Both options follow drainages into the upper alpine valley, which offers continued exposure to waterfalls, alpine blooms, and panoramic views of Stone Mountain Provincial Park. 

Special note: Late spring and early summer finds a diverse array of wildflowers in Baba Canyon, and the observant hiker can even find the beautiful ladyslipper orchid. Also note that this creek is subject to daily water level changes during spring runoff, usually around the end of May and beginning of June, forcing hikers to wade across the creek several times to return to the trailhead. There is also great potential for spotting stone sheep, marmot, porcupine, or caribou in the area.

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