Mark Creek Pass

Mark Creek Pass near Kimberley, BC


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
45 kms
8hours
moderate
Hiking, Back Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Winter, Summer
Kimberley, BC
User xtremepeaks

Roads and trails leading to a small lake and pass. After the gate, bike on wide gravel road for 8.3km and turn left to Spill Hut #2 (yellow sign).

This road is now plowed in winter due to logging and drilling in the area.For skiing, you can make a trail next to the road, or ski on the road after a snowfall.

Cross bridge at Mark creek past the small equipment hut. Turn immediately right at first road (do not continue straight on new mining exploration road).

This is a rough road, bike another 6km (ignore dead end bridge to right after 4km) and turn right where the straight fork is blocked by trees. Short descent to creek and no bridge here. Wade across the shallow creek and find small cabin just past the creek.

Used only by packrats, do not try to sleep or eat inside. The porch is a good sheltered spot for a rest.

Now continue another 5km up the very rough road, tough biking. Road ends in a basin and clearing. Continue hiking on a faint trail below the rocky slope and around the trees on an upward traverse.

This trail continues until it starts to fade out in some wet parts and across scree, just continue until you reach a small lake, which is just below the pass. Can explore the nearby ridges from here, look down other side of pass to steep bush descending to a swampy lake. No established trails here, but skiing may be quite nice when the snowpack covers the rocks and small trees in the surrounding basins and ridges.

Current conditions:

Directions:

Drive south from Kimberley on Hwy 95A for 5km and turn west on St Mary's Lake road. After 9km drive turn right and follow the unsigned Mathew creek road.

Drive for 5k uphill, then take right fork, drive another 2k to locked gate, park here. (do not try to continue up steep logging road to the right of the parking area, that gets you up to another area for skiing/biking near the top of the ski hill)

It is a long trip on skis, part of it can be done with the help of the new Skizee invented in Kimberley.




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By xtremepeaksPosted By: xtremepeaks  - Tue Jan 04 19:38:13 UTC 2011 Not Rated Comment To help reach the remote areas for skiing, now you can use a new invention from Kimberley, to help with access on the long and boring forestry roads, see the new Skizee at http://www.skizee.ca


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