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Erosion Pillar Trail

Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, British Columbia

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  • Trailhead signage.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Leaving the trailhead.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Transition from the path to the trail in forest cover.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Typical section of forest trail.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Clambering out of tree line.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Approaching a prominent erosion pillar.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Topside of the erosion pillar.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • View from atop the trail.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Looking out toward the Alaska Highway.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • View of Stone Mountain Provincial Park.- Erosion Pillar Trail
  • Typical section of the trail. - Erosion Pillar Trail
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Pros: 
Unique rock formations. Wildlife viewing. Near other adventures. Short and sweet.
Cons: 
No facilities.
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Region:
Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
1,387.00 m (4,550.52 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
1.20 km (0.75 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
89.00 m (291.99 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,298.00 m (4,258.53 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located at mile 376 of the Alaska Highway, Erosion Pillar Trail is a short and relatively easy hiking option in Stone Mountain Provincial Park. The trailhead can be found opposite a small round lake approximately 5 kilometers north of Summit Lake Campground. From the parking area adjacent to the highway, the trail leads up a well-groomed pathway until entering a wooded area a few hundred meters in. Follow the trail through the wooded section, which ultimately leads to the base of a prominent 30-foot erosion pillar. From up behind the pillar you can get good views of the Alaska Highway below and the surrounding peaks of Stone Mountain Provincial Park. 

Erosion Pillars, or "hoodoos," are created by the erosion of softer material such as clay or glacial til around a more solid form of rock layer which creates a column capped by a protective layer on top. Be cautions when walking around the pillars base because rock and loose material may fall at anytime. 

Special Notes: This trail is a perfect length and difficulty for a stretch after a long day driving and will give you a quick glimpse of one of the many natural features just off the Alaska Highway. Many animals also frequent the area, so keep an eye out for stone sheep, caribou, and moose. 

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