Directions: Follow the Ski Hill
signs from Highway 16 in Smithers. Set your odometer to zero at the
highway. At km 14.9 on Hudson Bay Road (Ski Hill Road) , turn left
onto the McDonnell Lake Forestry Road. Turn left at 30 km on the 7300
Road and cross the bridge over the Zymoetz River (zero your odometer again).
We recommend you use the new trailhead access by driving
to and turning left on the 7305.5
road, about 4 km past the Zymoetz bridge. Drive through the cut block for 4.1 km to the end of the rough road and you will
see the trail flagging on the right. (GPS 583689 6068949 UTM) The trail is very brushy at the start but gets better in the trees.
Features: Caribou mountain is an
isolated peak with rolling dry alpine. There are views of the Howson
glaciers to the west and the Sinclair to the south. Mountain Caribou
once roamed this mountain and old antlers can still be found. Please
leave any antlers on the mountain for others to see. This trail was
used by a hunting guide with pack horses years ago and
you can see an old tent campsite at the start of the alpine. To
reach the summit, cross the top bowl on to the ridge and scramble
up the shoulder of the mountain to the right (west). There
is one steep scree slope on the way to the summit that looks difficult
but is negotiable with caution. Make sure you can find the top of the trail coming back down. There is only one small cairn marking the route.
There is a map of the route on the Caribou Loop Trail page.