Hiking

North Trail

Distance From Town: Within Town limits

Trail Length:

West side of Buck Creek 2.6 km

East side of Buck Creek 4.5 km

Round Trip:

West Side 1-1.5 Hours

East side 2-2.5 Hours

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

Houston & District Chamber of Commerce offer a trail map of the area snowshoeing, one way trail and loop trails available, snowshoeing, and picnicking. Houston has many trail experiences within town limits. The North Side Park Trails traverse along Buck Creek and Bulkley River. Only a few older signs exist on these trails, but they are heavily used and easy to follow. The area around the trails is primarily Black Cottonwood flood ecosystem. These ecosystems are rare in the southern areas of the province due to their conversion to farm land. Black Cottonwoods thrive in wet sites where it can form large stands and can grow where other trees cannot. Generally they can reach 40 metres in height, but have been documented as tall as 60 metres. Black Cottonwoods also provide habitat for a variety of birds. Several small beaches are located along the trails. Depending on the year these beaches can have large sandbars to enjoy on a hot summer day. During July and August the water levels can be quite low and be very warm for some swimming.


Byman (Perow) Falls

Distance From Town: 28.9 km

Distance From Highway 16:8.6 km

Trail Length: 200m

Round Trip: 10 min

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

Byman Falls is a series of falls with spectacular views and great photography opportunities. The falls cascade off smooth rocks with large punch-bowl pools at the bottom. This is an all season destination as the Perow FSR is maintained in the winter, so get your snowshoes out! The pools also offer some much needed wading on a hot summer day. The rock walls and pool bottoms have been shaped over time and are smooth with embedded bits of quartz in places. This is a nice short hike to take the kids on for a picnic. Use caution in areas above the falls as the rocks are slippery and very steep.


Aitken Falls

Distance From Town: 14.4 km

Distance From Hwy.16: 3.75 km

Trail Length: 1.1 km

Round Trip: 1-1.5 Hours

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The Aitken Creek Falls and Canyon has been an un-official hiking trail for years. Its close distance from Houston (14.4 km from the tourist info booth) and the spectacular view of the Canyon and falls make this a must- do hike. The trail starts on an old landing and traverses down an old grow- in road until you get to the fence line. The trail follows the fence line right to the edge of the canyon. Take caution to not get too close to the edge. A side trail about 50 meters before the canyon viewpoint takes off and traverses down a steep section of the trail (150m) that switchbacks down to the base of the second of the two falls.

 

Duck Pond Trails

Distance From Town: Within Town limits

Trail Length: 1- 1.5 km

Round Trip: 30minutes to 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The Duck Pond trails are great for all ages, and is well suited for young families with strollers. The observation platform is a good area to view and feed ducks. Please don’t feed the ducks bread. Bread and similar products such as crackers, chips, donuts and popcorn are a great source of carbohydrates but they offer little other nutritional value for ducks, waterfowl and other birds. In fact, bread is the equivalent to junk food for the birds, and too much bread can lead to excessive weight and malnutrition as well as many other problems. Try frozen peas (defrosted), cracked corn, barley, bird seed or from your local feed store.

 

Highschool/Four Season Area Trails

These trails are a bit rustic, but are suitable for walking the dog, biking, trail running, or just a nice walk. The fall colours in this deciduous forest are stunning and birds can be heard throughout. No signs are currently up, but this forested area is separated from Four Seasons Park by a chain link fence North/ south along the eastern most trail.


Buck Creek Dike Walking Trail

Distance From Town: Within Town limits

Trail Length: 1- 1.5 km

Round Trip: 30minutes to 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

Buck Creek Dike is located along Buck Creek behind the Houston Mall. Visitors can access the trail via Steelhead Park starting at the Houston Visitor Centre touring through the Houston Museum Society’s “Walk through History” exiting at Highway 16 just before the bridge then crossing Highway 16 to the beginning of the Buck Creek Dike Trail. The trail follows the creek and includes beautiful scenery and opportunities to view wildlife. Along the walk you will find benches that allow you to relax and enjoy the scenery. The trail can become a circle route with the trail leading just behind the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church which displays an information board about the salmon species that inhabit Buck Creek. The Circle trail then follows River Bank Drive by turning left and continues on Butler Avenue which leads to Highway 16. Crossing the highway continue your walk through Steelhead Park via entrance just behind the Elements Restaurant.This trail and circle route will take an hour or a little more depending on your pace as you take in the views.


Houston Palisades

Distance From Town: 15.5 km

Distance from Highway 16: 15.5 km

Trail Length: 1.9 km

Round Trip: 1- 1.5 Hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The Houston Palisades are a set of cliffs in the South East that are visible from town. This short trail provides a great place to take in spectacular views of the Morice-Bulkley Valley, Morice  Mountain and the Telkwa Range. Due to the nature of the palisade edge, this trail is not suitable for pets or small children.

 

Dungate Falls and Equity Ice Falls

Distance From Town: 17 km

Equity Ice Falls: 717m

Dungate Falls: 108m

Round Trip (Ice Falls): 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Cellphone Coverage: None

Dungate Falls:

A short and easy trail that is good for the whole family. The Dungate Falls are located right next to the Equity Mine Road and makes for a nice spot to stop at when out for a drive. The waterfalls best viewed in spring when melt waters are at their peak. The waterfall dwindles in size toward the later part of the year.

Equity Falls:

The Equity Ice falls are not much to look at in the summer. Just a trickle of water. However this small stream of water freezes over in the winter and also continues to flow. The end result is a spectacular set of ice formations. A rough snowshoe trail is ribboned with Orange Ribbon and will lead you to the falls. In summer there are some features along the rock ledge that are  interesting to look at such as Goat trails and sleeping caves.



Old Pines Nature Trail

Distance From Town: 10 km

Distance From Highway 16: 8 km

Trail Length: 1.9 km

Round Trip: 45 min - 1.5 Hours

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: partial coverage

The Old Pines Nature Trail is located within Morice Mountain Nordic Ski area. Fixed up in 2009, the trail starts in an old sawmill landing and heads north up a recent skid trail. The trail winds around mature second growth logging plantation before coming out onto the wetland surrounding Beaver Pelt Lake. Wooden boardwalks provide a good glimpse of a Beaver Lodge and Dam as well as some of the wetland’s tiny carnivorous plants, the Sundew.


Houston Community Forest Trails

Distance From Town: 10 km

Distance From Highway 16: 8 km

Trail Length: Various Trails and distances

please pick up a map at the Houston

Visitor Centre or check out the ski clubs

web site at: www.xcskimoricemtn.com

Round Trip: 45 min - 3 Hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Cellphone Coverage: Partial coverage

The Morice Mountain Nordic cross country ski trails and the Houston Community Forest trails cover about 4000ha of rolling, treed terrain surrounding Silverthorne Lake. There are 30kms of trails that can be used for summer hiking, horseback riding or bike riding. There is a small shelter, picnic tables and fire pits at Silverthorne Lake which is approximately 1.5km from the parking lot, and a 2km loop trail that goes around the lake.


Buck Falls

Distance From Town: 30 km

Distance From Highway 16: 28 km

Trail Length: 250m

Round Trip: 15 min

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: NO

Buck Falls offers a nice drive and a quick and easy site to go see. The drive takes you past the Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Trails, it offers great views of the Houston Palisades and Morice Mountain, it then goes on through the community of Buck Flats and onward into the old Swiss Fire of 1983. Buck Falls is a series of three waterfalls. The water levels changes dramatically over the course of a year, offering a very different site to witness in the spring versus the autumn. During low water, you can see the potholes being formed near the bottom after the third falls. Sand, gravel and cobbles get trapped in the holes, and during high water, will be cyclone around and around slowly eroding the hole and making it larger. Some of the holes even have managed to connect to each other at their base.


China Knows Mountain 

Distance From Town: 27.5 km

Distance From Highway 16: 9km

Trail Length: Main Trail: 2.9 km

Chute: 1.2 km

Round Trip: 3.5-4 Hours

Difficulty: Main Trail: Moderate

Chute: Advanced

Cellphone Coverage: Partial

This is a stunning summit reached by an easy trail. China Nose is a remnant of a massive lava flow, rising gently from a forested south end to a shocking and exciting 400-metre cliff at its north end. The trailhead is about 45 minutes from Houston, and the three-km hike up takes about an hour and a half, only climbing 160 m in elevation. Sometimes the name is spelled “China Nose,” but in other places as “China Knows.” The BC Geographical Names Database recognizes both, with the latter explained by the enigmatic story that “the China[man] knows” where the gold is up there. For my money, though, the most descriptive name is the Wet’suwet’en: Tse Zhul, or “rock neck.” Its summit is at 1420 m elevation, just at treeline for this area.


Klinger Lake Trail

Distance From Town: 14.3 km

Distance From Highway 16: 11.3km

Trail Length: 200m to Lake

1.2 Km Trail Loop

Round Trip: 20 min

Difficulty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

Klinger Lake is a lake located just 14 km from Houston. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout and eastern brook trout. Whether you’re bait casting, spinning, fly fishing or ice fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. Klinger is a popular place for fishing all year round and attracts many people during the winter. The trail from the Wallcott is usually well packed from snow machine traffic to allow for a short 200 metre walk from the road to the lake. The trail follows along the outside of a log fence. The fenced area is crown land that is being leased for a grazing permit. During summer months the wide trail allows for canoes and other small boats to be carried down to the lake. The walking loop trail is a nice and easy stroll that follows the lake shore and winds through a vibrant Aspen Forest. The lake is non-motorized but electric motors can be used.

 

Story Lookout Trail

Distance From Town: 14.5 km

Distance From Highway 16: 11.5 km

Trail Length: 3.9 km

Round Trip: 3.5 - 4.5 Hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The trail works its way up through old growth forest, along the shores of a sub-alpine lake, across a talus slope and eventually you come out at the old fire lookout itself. Just minutes from town, the trail makes for a good day hike and provides amazing views of the coastal mountains on a good day. THANK YOU - The New Story Lookout Trail was bucked out and built with help from the Nadina Mountain Fire Crew in 2011. Houston will always remember the good volunteer work you continue to do for our community.

 

L.D. Byman Trail

Distance From Town: 21 km

Distance From Highway 16: 17 km

Trail Length: 3.0 km

Round Trip: 2-3 Hours

Diffi culty: Moderate

Cellphone Coverage: NO

The L.D. Byman Trail is actually an old mining road/ skid trail. During the Swiss Fire it was pushed out to the base of Morice Mountain as a fi reguard to protect the town of Houston. This is a multi-use trail and is usually quaded or hiked. Even though the trail is only 3 km long it is will have you puffi ng for air due to the steep incline of the trail. The first kilometre of the trail gently climbs up, over the Huckleberry power line, and follows along a creek. After that, the trail start to get steeper and the views begin. Near the top Mountain Goats are quite visible on adjacent slopes. At the end on the trail you have a close up view of Morice Mountain. In the future a hiking only section will continue on up into the alpine. Also don’t forget to check out the Aspen Recreation site. This 8-unit campsite is located along the Morice River which is well known for the fi shing but is also as an excellent destination for canoe paddlers who have moving water experience. The rec site also contains two short trails, the Steelhead and Morice River trails.

 

Irrigation (Dunlater) Walking Trails

Distance From Town: 15.5 km

Distance From Highway 16: 1.5 km

Trail Length: Trail One: 1.5 km

Round Trip: 2-3 Hours

Diffi culty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The Irrigation Lake walking trails were built in 2003 .There is 2 trails at this site Trail 1 are accessible on the right side of the parking lot and Trail 2 on the left side. There are many signs placed throughout the walking trails which go into the forest as well as beside the lake where one can enjoy the view and wildlife. The park at the entrance to these trails is a lovely place for a picnic or a fi re roast as well as swimming.

 

Barrett Hat Trail

Distance From Town: 8.5 km

Distance From Highway 16: 1.4 km

Trail Length: 2.9 km

Round Trip: 1- 1.5 Hours

Diffi culty: Easy

Cellphone Coverage: YES

The Barrett Hat Trail has great views of the Telkwa Range and the Morice- Bulkley Valley. It’s suitable for all ages and is close to Houston. This is a good trail for mountain bikes, skiing, snowshoes or that quick run in the evening. Barrett Hat is an ideal place for an afternoon picnic, but please be sure to pack all garbage back out. Several Houston area schools have used this hike as a fi eld trip, including the grade two and three Twain Elementary classes Once you get to the top of the hill, you’ll see the concrete foundation for an old fire lookout, a convenient spot to sit and enjoy the view. You may notice that Barrett Hat is made up of rock that is standing vertically. The entire hill is volcanic basalt. You are standing on the neck of a large ancient volcano of 60 million years ago, just after the dinosaurs died out. All of the massive cinder cone of the volcano has been eroded away. 12,000 years ago, the last of the glaciers swept away any remnants of loose ash or lava fl ows, so all that remains is the hardest part –“the plug” which was way down deep in the neck of the volcano.




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