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Stone Sheep Trail

Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, British Columbia

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  • Trailhead head adjacent to the Alaska Highway at Muncho Lake.- Stone Sheep Trail
  • Following the rock cairns through the alluvial fan will ensure you are on the right path. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • View of debris from construction of the Alaska Highway. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • Staying left at the first drainage leads up a creek bed toward the erosion pillars. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • Entering the canyon area of the trail. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • First glimpse of the erosion pillars and hoodoos. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • View of the erosion pillars.- Stone Sheep Trail
  • Descending toward the Alaska Highway. - Stone Sheep Trail
  • Stone Sheep Trail vista. - Stone Sheep Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Unique rock formations. Proximity to other adventures.
Cons: 
Exposed to weather. Lack of defined trail in areas.
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Region:
Northern Rocky Mountains – Muskwa Ranges, BC
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
1,150.00 m (3,772.97 ft)
Net Elevation Gain: 
311.00 m (1,020.34 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Spring
Total Distance: 
5.00 km (3.11 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
311.00 m (1,020.34 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
839.00 m (2,752.62 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Stone's Sheep Trail is a moderate to easy hiking option located just off the Alaska Highway at beautiful Muncho Lake. The trailhead is located at a large alluvial fan and highway pullout approximately 2 kilometers past the Strawberry Flats Campground. The trail starts on the left-hand side of the pullout and is marked by interpretive signage. 

The trail starts out heading toward a man-made dyke used to channel flood waters coming down the alluvial fan. From atop the dyke, a rock cairn becomes visable on the far side of the alluvial fan opposite from the parking lot; head in that direction. A trail becomes more visable from this point, and following a series of rock cairns will ensure hikers are on the right path. A short distance from the parking area, remnants of an old construction camp remain from the original construction period of the Alaska Highway in the mid 1940s. 

Carry on until the confluence of another drainage enters the main channel of the alluvial fan from the north. Turn left at this point, and carry on up the north drainage. Footing can become unstable or loose, so do take care. The trail also becomes more of what you make it, so continue up the drainage and seek out whatever path works best. A creek becomes more prominent at this point, and you will begin to approach a series of erosion pillars, or hoodoos, approximately 2 kilometers from the trailhead. 

At this point, elevation gain and slope become more considerable. Most choose to turn around here, but the more experienced hiker has the option to scale the broad sloped peaks of the drainage for a better view of the Muncho Lake area to the west. 

Special Note: Keep an eye out for stone sheep that often travel through the area. Also, caribou are likely to pass through during the spring and fall.

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