The Monkman Pass Memorial Trail Hiking Route is a new, unforgettable, class hiking destination
that includes major waterfalls and rivers, lakes, temperate boreal forest, alpine meadows and
optional alpine summits. The six day wilderness trail leads through magnificent, remote,
untouched mountain terrain, suffused with inspiring, tangible history.
The Monkman Pass Memorial Trail comprises a Driving Tour from Grande Prairie to Kinuseo Falls via Tumbler
Ridge, and the Hiking Trail from Kinuseo Falls over the Rocky Mountains to Hobi's Cabin on the Herrick River.
The hiking trail is sixty-three kilometres long, and takes five to six days to complete. There are many possible
side trips for the adventurous hiker that can make for an expedition of seven to ten days. For those seeking
shorter trips, the return hike from Kinuseo Falls to the Cascades and Monkman Lake requires just three days.
The trail lies mostly within Monkman Provincial Park and for the most part follows the old Monkman route
over the Rockies. Once at Hobi’s Cabin on the Herrick River, it is necessary either to travel by river boat to
Prince George, or to be ferried across the Herrick to a waiting vehicle. Alternatively, some hikers may wish to
hike the trail from south to north and to be dropped off by boat at Hobi’s Cabin.
The region traversed by the trail is rugged and remote and the trail is classified as "difficult". It will be a wilderness
experience, initially with minimal facilities. Grizzly and black bears are numerous. Firearms and hunting are not
permitted in the Arctic watershed in Monkman Provincial Park (approximately the northen two thirds of the
park). GPS and satellite phone are considered essential items. Weather is unpredictable, and extreme weather
conditions can occur at higher elevations. The hiking season varies but is typically late June till September.
Monkman Pass, 1061 m (3481 ft), is a mountain pass in the Canadian Rockies, located southwest of the coal-mining town of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. Located in the Hart Ranges, it is sometimes reckoned as the southern limit of the informal grouping known as the Northern Rockies, although those are sometimes reckoned as extending farther southeast to Mount Ovington and even to Mount Robson. Located on the Continental Divide, it is lower than the Yellowhead and Pine Passes. In 1937-39, a proposal to build a highway through the route led to a survey exploration, but the route was not completed. A highway access from other parts of British Columbia to the Peace Country was not made until much later, with the construction of the John Hart Highway through the Pine Pass; the route is now the Monkman Pass Historical Trail, built in 2006-07 and opened in 2008. The pass is at the head of the Murray River and south of the height of land at the head of the Parsnip River, and was discovered by accident by its namesake, Peace River Country fur trapper Alexander Monkman in 1922 who crossed it by sled and dogs.
This pass, 162 feet lower than the Yellowhead Pass, had been used as a route for Indian travel for some 300 years. "Mr. LeBreton Ross, the Department of Railways representative on the [Geographic Board of Canada] has this morning shown me a blueprint accompanying a report of Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railway engineers on railway connection with Peace river. A possible route is by this pass which crosses the divide at the head of Murray River, south of the height of land at the head of Parsnip river. The engineer's report states that the pass which is only 3,550 feet elevation was discovered by Alexander Monkman, a pioneer trader and trapper of the Peace River country, while on a trapping and hunting trip in the fall and winter of 1922 with pack dogs and on snowshoes. He ran into trappers who had come into the country with canoes by the Fraser ?River and was surprised to find he had crossed the continental divide without knowing it." (11 August 1925 letter from Ron Douglas, Secretary, Geographic Board of Canada, to G.G. Aitken, Chief Geographer of BC, file M.2.54)