This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Mount Pope Provincial Park

Know Before You Go

Stay Safe:

  • It is recommended that rockclimbers familiarize themselves with their intended climbing routes, the potential hazards associated with the climb, and any safety precautions required prior to setting out. One source of information about the climbs at Mount Pope is the “Central BC Rock - Rockclimbers Guide to Central British Columbia.” (Lyle Knight 1996)
  • Hikers should carry a supply of drinking water as there is no potable water available on the hiking trail.
  • There are no facilities available in this park.
  • Overnight camping is prohibited in this park.

About This Park

Mount Pope Provincial Park

Mount Pope is a day-use park popular with hikers and rockclimbers. A 6.5 km hiking trail to the peak provides a panoramic view of Stuart Lake and the mountains to the north. Thirty-nine climbing routes have been documented.

Natural values of Mount Pope park include rare plants and animal species associated with limestone rock formations and caves, as well as valuable winter range for mule deer.

Park Size: 2,030 hectares

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Mount Pope is located about 7 km northwest of Fort St. James on the northeast side of Stuart Lake. Proceed through Fort St. James on Stuart Drive W and turn left (west) on Stones Bay Road. The trailhead parking lot is 4 km down Stones Bay Road on the right. Map reference: 93K/8 & 93K/9

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Management Planning

  • Management Planning Information
  • There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.

Activities Available at this Park

Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

There are climbing opportunites in this park. It is recommended that rockclimbers familiarize themselves with their intended climbing routes, the potential hazards associated with the climb, and any safety precautions required prior to setting out.

One source of information about the climbs at Mt. Pope is the “Central BC Rockclimbers Guide to Central BC,” (Lyle Knight 1996).
Cycling

Cycling

Mountain biking is permitted only on the trail. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

A 6.5 km hiking trail to the peak provides a panoramic view of Stuart Lake and the mountains to the north. The elevation gain is about 790 metres (2400 feet); allow 4 to 6 hours for the return hike. Hikers should carry a supply of drinking water as there is no potable water available on the trail. A gazebo is available at the peak of Mount Pope. This is an ideal spot to have a snack and enjoy the 360 degree view.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for regulations.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is a Gazebo at the top of the mountain offering a 360 degree view. Natural values of Mount Pope park include rare plants and animal species associated with limestone rock formations and caves; it is also a valuable winter range for mule deer.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in this park, but there are no set tracks. The trails are the same as the summer trails.