Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Several well-maintained and scenic hikes, ranging in duration from a couple hours to several days, begin within a few minutes of downtown Fort St. James.
Mount Pope Hikes
The first is the hike to the summit of iconic Mount Pope, which overlooks Fort St. James and Stuart Lake. The trail's official start point is approximately 7km/4.3mi from town on Stones Bay Road. Heading from downtown, a sign on the right hand side of the road directs hikers to the trailhead.
Another trailhead, although unofficial, is further down the road. A homemade sign on plywood, also on the right side of the road, marks this trail. The beginning of the climb is a bit steeper than the official route but offers better views. It eventually meets up with the other route.