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Mineral Licks Trail

Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, British Columbia

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  • Switchback section near the trailhead. - Mineral Licks Trail
  • View from the lookout and interpretive sign at mid-trail.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • View of Trout River Valley.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Muncho Lake Provincial Park.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Mountain view near the parking area.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Sandstone slopes above Trout River.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Typical section of trail.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Entrance off Alaska Highway.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Wildflower blooms.- Mineral Licks Trail
  • Aspen section near the trailhead. - Mineral Licks Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Unique rock formations. Proximity to other adventures.
Cons: 
No services. Exposure to cliffs.
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Region:
Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
701.00 m (2,299.87 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
1.50 km (0.93 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
25.00 m (82.02 ft)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
701.00 m (2,299.87 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Hiking the Mineral Lick Trail offers visitors an excellent chance to spot large wildlife in Muncho Lake Provincial Park. The trailhead is located 275 kilometers northwest of Fort Nelson, and approximately 15 kilometers past the viewpoint at the north end of Muncho Lake. The parking area at the trailhead is located down a short gravel road on the left side of the highway if you are traveling north on the Alaska Highway. 

As this trail is a loop, hikers can go either direction from the trailhead, where there is an interpretive sign and mapping of the area for reference. Heading left from the trailhead, the trail descends down toward a series of viewpoints and can be considered the easier option because most of the hike will be downhill. 

The trail is easy to follow as it meanders through the trees and toward the white sandstone slopes above the Trout River Valley. The mineral licks become visible from here, and there is a small spur trail that leads to another viewpoint with some interpretive signage explaining the area's unique geology. Continuing down the trail loop will eventually lead to a slight elevation gain before returning to the parking area and trailhead. 

Special Note: The sandstone slopes above the Trout River contain essential minerals that attract wildlife such as moose, caribou, and stone sheep. It is likely that your chances to spot wildlife will be in the early morning or evening hours when the weather is cooler. July and August are also great months to identify some of the many wildflower blooms that are present in the subalpine of the Northern Rockies.

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