Gentle Trails on and nearby the Ranch
Ask for a Trail Map at check in. On the ranch property, a network of forested trails loop and join together with signage to help guests find their way. Black Spruce and Log Pole Pine keep these trails shady and cool. A scenic trail around Lake Squarrey yields wildlife sightings of beaver, mule deer and grouse. Traversing open grasslands, this is a great hike for photography, best taken at sunrise and sunset.
Alternatively, Big Bar Lake Provincial Park, a 15 minutes drive from the ranch, maintains the Otter March Interpretive Trail. This 3.5 kilometer hike takes about an hour to complete.
Moderate to Difficult Trails in the Marble Range.
The trails of the Marble Range are rough and steep, not maintained and only very infrequently patrolled. Please practice “Leave No Trace”. All hikers and mountain bikers are advised to plan ahead, prepare accordingly and travel at their own risk.
Mount Jesmond towers over 2000 feet above the Ranch. Its summit sits above tree line and is home to a fire watch cabin. On a clear day, one can see over 100 kilometers to snow capped mountains, and to the Fraser river. Walk out your cabin door and follow a forest road about 5 kilometers before beginning an ascent of switchbacks to a limestone gravel road that leads you to the mountain top. A return trip is about 22 kilometers return, and takes roughly 7 hours to hike. Plan to make a day of it, leave early in the morning and have our chef pack you a lunch. There are few water sources so bring about 4 litres of water with you to stay hydrated. For intermediate hikers and mountain bikers.
Mount Bowman is the proverbial jewel in the marble range crown. This bold mountain dominates most of the views in the valley. Hikers have two options; a moderate hike along a creek for 4.2 kilometers, then turn left to ascend the mountain, passing through a meadow to the grassy mountain plateaus above tree line which sit several hundred feet below the summit. This is a perfect place for a picnic and photography. Advanced hikers can attempt the technical scramble to the mountain's summit. Trekking poles are recommended and always hike with a partner. This hike takes about 6 hours to complete round trip.
Wild Horse Ridge and Mount Kerr
If you like views and are up for a physical challenge the rugged and unmaintained trail to Wild Horse Ridge is well worth the effort. It's 14.3 kilometers return from the trail head, and if you're an experienced hiker in good shape, you can top off the day with a summit of Mount Kerr, completing 21.8 kilometers of diverse eco systems. Bring plenty of water, as natural sources are dependent on seasonal snow melts. Bear, Cougar and Big Horn sheep share this area with you. Be 'Bear Aware', carry bear spray and use long distance lenses for wildlife photography.
A small selection of mountain bikes are available to ranch guests for use on our marked trails but you are welcome to bring your own!