Hiking enthusiasts in the Tumbler Ridge region should be aware of a closure later this month. The Monkman Memorial Trail will be closed from the suspension bridge onwards, from August 25 to 29 for repairs. There will be no access to the trail, says Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre Program Developer Keana Trudel. The trail leads to the Monkman Cascades, a popular destination part of Monkman Provincial Park.
The 50 km return hike takes three or four days to complete, and is one of the longest trails in the Tumbler Ridge Geopark.
“We’re just telling people to not plan for the end of August at all,” said Trudel.
Trudel added that hikers looking for similar trails should head to Wapiti Lake or Onion Lake.
Trail maintenance near Monkman started on August 18, with several bridges in the area being repaired, says the Ministry of Environment.
The bridges were identified as needing repairs in a 2019 assessment. A helicopter was used August 18, 2020 to take lumber to various places along the Monkman Memorial Trail.