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Nadina Mountain Provincial Park
About This Park
Nadina Mountain Park encompasses an isolated granitic mountain rising up from the rolling terrain of the Nechako Plateau. The mountain is a unique and dominant feature on the landscape and is theorized to have been a refugia during the last glaciation. Unique rock formations include large granite pillars. Heavy forest below gives way to an expansive alpine tundra on the summit plateau.
The park provides good habitat for mountain goats. Recreational use in the park includes hiking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and hunting. The park is a popular regional destination for hikers.
Know Before You Go
- The hiking route up Nadina Mountain is a strenuous hike and should only be attempted by those with appropriate fitness and hiking experience.
- There is no water available on Nadina Mountain. Hikers are advised to pack enough water for their trip up and down the mountain.
Nadina Mountain Park is located in west-central British Columbia, approximately 42 km southwest of Houston. Access to the Park follows a radio controlled logging road; public vehicles are permitted, but please proceed with caution and be aware that loaded logging trucks have the right of way.
- Travel the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) to the town of Houston.
- Turn south 2 kilometres west of Houston onto the Morice River Forest Service Road (also known as the Huckleberry road). This Forest Service Road (FSR) is marked in kilometres starting at the Canfor Mill site near the Yellowhead Highway.
- Driving 27 kilometres will bring you to the junction of the Huckleberry and Morice Lake Roads. Continue straight (south) on the Huckleberry Road to the Owen Lake Recreation Site just after the 39 kilometre marker.
- Turn right into the rec site onto Klate Road, drive across a bridge, up a short hill and turn right at a Y in the road at 1 km.
- Continue for 6 km to the end of this logging road. Park at the bottom of a clear-cut where the road becomes impassable to access the Nadina Mountain Trail.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
History: The name Na-di-na Mountain first appeared on the 1879 Geological Survey of Canada map of BC & NWT. Nadina means "standing up alone" in the Wet'suwet'en language, referring to the prominent, solitary aspect of the mountain.
This park is one of seven new parks and protected areas resulting from the Morice Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) and associated government-to-government discussions with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en. Legislation of the park occurred in July, 2008.
- Culture: Located within the Wet’suwet’en First Nation traditional territory, Nadina Mountain Park is in the Bi Wini house territory, in the house of Keexwinits (House in the Middle of Many) that belongs to the Gitdumden (Bear/Wolf) clan. Naydeena (Nadina) Mountain is a place where Wet’suwet’en people would go to hunt caribou, dutney (groundhog or marmot) and klayyul (mountain goat). Caribou would be snared, with the snare tied to a piece of wood. The wood would be dragged around after the caribou was caught in the snare. When the animal tired of towing the wood or the wood was tangled in trees or rocks it was harvested with spears or arrows.
Conservation: The conservation role of Nadina Mountain Park is to protect a unique isolated granitic mountain and its associated natural values, including:
- Mountain goats
- Grizzly bears
- Lichen communities
- Granitic spires
Nadina Mountain Park provides important habitat for wildlife that live in and around the park. Mountain goats from Nadina Mountain may disperse to other nearby areas such as Poplar Mountain, Morice Mountain, and Foxy Creek.
Vegetation below tree line is primarily subalpine fir although rare whitebark pine ecosystems also occur. The expansive alpine tundra has a diverse community of lichen species. Most of the low elevation northwest portion of the park consists of wetland habitat.
Nadina Mountain Park also provides important ecosystem services (the benefits that people receive from ecosystems) that include clean water, natural flood control, carbon storage, air purification, nutrient cycling, food, biodiversity, recreation, aesthetic experience and spiritual experience.
- Wildlife: A significant population of mountain goats make Nadina Mountain their home. Tufts of goat hair are to be found on rocks along the route to the summit and viewing opportunities are plentiful. Do not approach or attempt to feed the goats, please maintain a respectful distance. Other species commonly observed in the area are black bear, ground squirrels, marmots and deer. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
The management plan for Nadina Mountain Provincial Park was approved in October 2010.
Activities Available at this Park
The Berkey-Howe Union Spire is a free-standing granite pillar located at the head of the large cirque on the north-east exposure of Nadina Mountain. Formations like this are very rare in granite. The spire is approximately 40 m tall, and the summit is an exposed 2 m x 2 m platform (see Photo Gallery).
There is a strenuous hiking route up the north east slope of Nadina Mountain. The trail leads from an old cut block outside the Park, through the forested slopes of the mountain and up to alpine. The trailhead is at 867 metre elevation and reaches alpine at 1686 metres. After reaching alpine, the trail fades away. From this point, hikers can pick their own route to the summit at 2125m. Please make careful note of the trail location so you can find it again on your way down. This is especially important if the weather changes for the worse, as visibility in this alpine area can be reduced to mere metres.
Another route up the mountain leaves from Nadina Mountain Lodge on Owen Lake. This is a longer route that visits both Klate Lake and Base Lake en route to the mountain and then climbs steeply. Trail clearing has not occurred on this route for several years making it difficult to travel.
Hunting is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be under control at all times.
Mountain goat are often spotted during hikes in Nadina Mountain Park.
Facilities Available at this Park
There are no designated campsites or campfire rings on Nadina Mountain and there is no wood available on the summit plateau. It is highly recommended that hikers bring along a light cook stove.
Wilderness camping is allowed; no facilities are provided. Please pack out what you pack in.