The Grand Canyon affords some beautiful, wild, winter river scenes. The winter route is best attempted in mid-January to mid-march when there is plenty of snow and, most importantly, Kenneth Creek is frozen. The route follows an old logging road from Highway 16 north to Kenneth Creek. There are some nice glades through black spruce bogs to the east of the old road, but there are no trails markings. Cross Kenneth Creek and follow ribbons through a poplar forest to the Fraser River. Walk down the river, being careful not to venture out onto thin ice, for two to three kilometres to the canyon.
There are two routes into the Grand Canyon: a summer route and a winter route. The summer route is long, overgrown, no longer well-marked, and not easy to follow. One should have good route-finding skills and bush experience if they dare attempt it. For more information on this route see Mike Nash’s book Exploring Prince George, or Rob Bryce’s Hiking North Central BC.
Winter route: Fairly well-ribboned route to the Fraser. There can be a bit of underbrush if there isn’t much snow.
Summer route: Overgrown, not well-marked, and not easy to follow. One should have good route-finding skills and bush experience if they dare attempt it.
Summer Route: Travel 74 km east on Highway 16. The trailhead is on the north side of the highway and you will have to park on the shoulder of the road. If you reach Kenneth Creek, then you have driven a half kilometre past the trailhead.
Winter Route: Travel another 4 km to the Sugarbowl chain-up pull-out on Highway 16, about 78 kilometers east of Prince George.