One of the many things I love about Prince George is the actual four-season experience. And guess what? Spring is here! The sun, snow squalls, rain, and hail and that’s all in one day. Hiking in the spring can be tricky with changing weather and trail conditions, so being prepared is essential to having an enjoyable and safe adventure.
We are ready to hit the trails! This time of year, March through June, you may need crampon spikes, or snowshoes in addition to hiking boots and gators.
Here are 5 great local hikes within an hour of our city.
- Teapot Mountain – This local gem offers some amazing views and is just a short drive north, about 35 minutes off Tallus Rd. In the summer you can drive to the base of the mountain, but in the spring, there is a walk in that adds approximately 1.5 km. The 1 km climb up to the top is steep and can be slippery, so crampons are a must. Teapot is rated as a moderate hike and is totally worth tackling and getting your sweat on to catch a sunrise or sunset. Stop by the Alpine Pub and Grill to refuel on your way home. Great food, great patio at this local, neighborhood establishment. Check them out on Instagram @alpinepubgrill.
- Livingston Springs – This is totally worth the trek in the winter and spring. If there has been a fresh snowfall bring snowshoes along, but the trail in usually nicely packed and only crampons are needed. In the spring, the trumpeter swans return and can be spotted in the year-round warm water. This hike is approximately 8.7 km and has minimal elevation changes so it is great for the whole family. Make sure to add an extra kilometre onto the trail distance when Crooked River Provincial Park is closed to accommodate for the walk to the trail head.
- LC Gunn/Fraser Cutbanks – If you are looking for a great hike and you don’t want to drive a long distance, then LC Gunn is perfect! This is 10 km round trip hike that is great for the family. It follows the Fraser River and has great views of Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park and of the downtown. Crampons should be in your pack as there is one moderately steep climb that can be very slippery in the winter and spring. I love catching the sunset out here, and seeing the lights of Prince George over the river. Bring a camp chair and a coffee and enjoy the views.
- Giscome Portage Trail – If you’re looking for a trail filled with history, this is great adventure. This trail was used by Indigenous peoples during the fur trade era and as a transport route during the Gold Rush. It also crosses the continental divide, which separates the Pacific and Arctic watersheds. This trek is just over 16 km return and is 40 km north of Prince George. Props to the Caledonia Ramblers for improving the trail, and BC Parks planning for replacing the bridge over Tay Creek that was washed out. If you’re out this way, check out the nearby Huble Homestead Historic Site.
- Pinnacles Provincial Park – Living in Prince George, we are lucky to have access to the Cariboo Region. It’s an easy drive just over an hour south of the city. Catch views of the hoodoos over the river, then follow the trail along the ridge until you leave the park through an opening in the fence. The trail follows the ridge displaying gorgeous views along the way. From the parking lot, this is 11.4 km return. Throw some crampons in your pack, but wear gators.
Prince George offers year-round access to stellar trails, with endless options to add to your list. Adventure fills my cup and this vibrant city is part of my soul. I encourage everyone living in or visiting Prince George to get outside and explore. The Northern Capital will not disappoint. Don’t forget to support local, and check out our hot spots for foodies when dining in is permitted, but for now, look for open patios! Stay Wild PG!
Cherrie-Pretty Wild Adventure Co