The New Hazelton area has a plethora of multi-use, multi-level trails frequented by casual day-trippers and extreme alpinists. A few of the local routes are marked, but hundreds more are not.
The area’s serene, natural beauty creates the perfect environment for a short hike along a wilderness trail or a stroll along the many paths within and between the area’s communities.
Many of these trails are also frequented by ATVs, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and in the winter, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers.
Eagle Down Path
A popular route for practical and recreational use is the paved Eagle Down path that runs from New Hazelton through Hagwilget, Two Mile, and Gitanmaax, all the way to Old Hazelton. The entire length of the path takes less than an hour to walk depending on the season and walker. The trail is a great way to take a closer look at some of the communities and to enjoy the surrounding mountain views.
Several signs along the trail feature stories about Hazelton’s history and the geological formations. The path also crosses the incredible Hagwilget Bridge, the highest bridge in Canada when it was built in 1931. Look down while walking across the bridge to see the rushing river and Hagwilget canyon 80m/262ft below.
The Hagwilget Canyon Trail is a short but steep jaunt that starts at the bridge in the pullout on the Hagwilget community side and leads to the bottom of the canyon. Cool off in the Bulkley river and hike back up.
Ross Lake Provincial Park
An easy and flat walking trail circles Ross Lake in Ross Lake Provincial Park, just a few minutes south of New Hazelton off Hwy 16. The trail starts at the boat launch and ends at the picnic area. Look for birds swimming in the lake.
More Hikes and Information
The New Hazelton area also has longer hikes, including several that can be made into overnight trips. Ask at the New Hazelton Visitor Centre for directions and information on these and any other trails. For those who’d prefer a guide, the local eco-tourism company Skeena Eco-expeditions offers half and full-day hikes to various destinations.
Photo: Linda Bradley; Information Courtesy of HelloBC