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Through fir forest, across meadows, and an old burn area, follow turquoise Moose River and a creek to a good trail camp.

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Moose River Route in its entirety (about 40 miles) goes from the Moose River Route: Yellowhead Highway to Moose River trailhead to Berg Lake Trail at the British Columbia/Alberta border. However, this trail description is only about the 7.2 miles at the eastern end of Moose River Route from where the trail reaches Moose River (the end point of Moose River Route: Yellowhead Highway to Moose River), to Resplendent trail camp where it crosses Resplendent Creek.

A great one to two night backpack is to hike to Resplendent trail camp and back, 20 miles total (this trail and Moose River Route: Yellowhead Highway to Moose River). This trail camp is next to the broad, scenic Resplendent Creek gravels flats that offer great views up the Resplendent Creek valley to Lynx Mountain and Reef Glacier, and up the Moose River and Upright Creek valleys.

Resplendent Creek is usually fordable at Resplendent Creek trail camp by late August, for those who want to hike further on Moose River Route.


Moose River Route - Moose River to Resplendent Crossing (this trail) starts 2.8 miles from Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) where Moose River Route: Yellowhead Highway to Moose River ends.

The first 1.9 miles of this trail are flat as the trail follows a calm stretch of the beautiful turquoise Moose River upstream. Moose River is to the right/east of the trail with rugged mountains rising from its far banks. The trail is sometimes right next to the river and sometimes in grassy meadows that stretch to the river, as the river winds around. Forested hills, some with mature forest and others with old burn scars, rise to the left/west of the trail.

At the 1.9 mile mark the trail veers left/west to climb a low rise covered with a regenerating burn area. The trail reaches the top of this low rise and follows it northwest for a little less than a mile. A small lake is passed as the trail travels through the old burn area covered with young firs.

The trail then drops down a short ways at the 2.7 mile mark to return to the Moose River and healthy forest. Once again following the Moose River upstream, but a slight ways away from the river, the river can be heard but not seen through the forest. At the 3.7 mile mark, the trail jogs left in the forest, far enough away from the river to no longer hear it. However, a short ways later, around the 4.3 mile mark, still unseen, the river can be heard loudly rushing down some falls or cascades to the right/east. But wait, this is NOT the Moose River. It is Resplendent Creek that empties into the Moose River. Moose River has veered away to the northeast while we were away from it.

The trail now heads towards Resplendent Creek in the thick, mature forest with glimpses of the rapids and falls visible through the trees. Arriving near the banks of Resplendent Creek in the thick forest, the trail heads northwest next to Resplendent Creek, sometimes in the forest and sometimes right next to the creek. This section along Resplendent Creek is a pretty section but can be rather rough going due to roots, mud, rocks, puddles, etc.

Traveling upstream along Resplendent Creek, the creek slowly widens out to spread over gravel flats, especially over the last 1.5 miles. At the 7.1 mile mark, the trail emerges from the forest into grassy meadows that lead up to the gravel flats. Almost immediately, Resplendent trail camp can be seen on the left/west, in the trees at the meadow's edge. This trail description ends here at the gravel flats.

Flora & Fauna

Fir forest, burnt fir forest from a 2003 forest management burn, and beautiful fireweed and saplings in the regenerating burn area. Moose live here.


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Joan Pendleton

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The beautiful Moose River in its wild mountain wilderness.
Sep 11, 2018 near Valemount, BC
In the distance, Lynx Mountain is the pointy mountain on the left. Reef Glacier flows down from Reef Icefield in the far distance (center). Seen from the gravel flats of Resplendent Creek, looking northwest near Resplendent trail camp.
Sep 28, 2021 near Valemount, BC
From the banks of Resplendent Creek at Resplendent Creek trail camp, to the north-northeast is the Moose River valley. Moose River bends to the left behind Trio Mountain (center left). The far distant valley beyond Trio Mountain is Upright Creek valley.
Sep 28, 2021 near Valemount, BC
Seen looking upstream, Moose River Route runs along Resplendent Creek as it cascades down to empty into the Moose River.
Sep 28, 2021 near Valemount, BC
The beautiful Moose River in its rugged mountain valley, on a bluebird September day.
Sep 28, 2021 near Valemount, BC
The gorgeous, turquoise Moose River meanders lazily along a flat section of its valley.
Sep 28, 2021 near Valemount, BC


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