• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    6042 Feet

Forest
Lake

This ascent through the Northern BC wilderness to a view of BC's largest lake, is a great day hike or over night camp. With a quick stop, camp, or swim at the small sub alpine lake on the way up makes this peak a treat.

Starting in Chetwynd BC drive north on Highway 29 (Don Phillips Way) for approximately 47 Kilometers (29 Miles). You will reach the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road on your left. Follow the Johnson Creek Forest Service RD for approximately 64 Kilometers (40 Miles) until you reach Battle Ship Mountain Trail Head.

You may also drive south from Hudson’s Hope BC to reach the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road.

The Johnson Creek RD is just as it sounds, a bumpy gravel service road, you can expect slower travel speeds down this road. You will meet other service roads, but make sure to stay on the Johnson Creek RD. The trail head will be on your right a short distance down the road from Carbon Lake. Carbon Lake does have limited camping spots if you wish to camp near the trail head. The trail may be difficult to spot, but there is a sign and small pull out to park.

At the very beginning of the trail there is a small creek crossing with no bridge. The creek is usually low enough to jump across on the rocks without getting wet. As you begin down the trail it follows the rocky creek for a short distance before you begin your ascent.

A section of this trail travels right through large stinging nettle, depending on the season.

On your forested journey upwards the trail opens up to a view of Carbon Lake and the surrounding area. Approximately 3 Kilometers (1.9 Miles) up the trail you reach the first body of water, which is very swampy. At 3.5 kilometers (2.2 Miles) you will reach the second body of water, a sub alpine lake called Little Carbon Lake. Here is where you will see Battleship Mountain Peak sitting above the small lake.

At Little Carbon Lake there is a campsite where you can rest, swim, eat lunch, or stay overnight. In the 90’s Little Carbon Lake was stalked with Rainbow Trout. From what I am told it was quite the fishing spot.

From Little Carbon Lake it can be hard to follow a definite trail once you leave the forest behind during the last accent. The peak is at approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 Miles) on the trail ending at an elevation of 1,842 Meters (6,042 Feet).

From the peak you can see Williston Lake, BC’s largest lake created from the W.A.C Bennet Damn in Hudson’s Hope BC. You can also see numerous mountain peaks, rolling hills, Little Carbon Lake, and Carbon Lake from above.

This hike is relatively steep. I would advise any beginner hikers be accompanied by someone who has experience, due to the indistinguishable trail up the face of the mountain to the peak.

You are in bear country so please be bear aware. Use proper outdoor etiquette and enjoy our Northern BC forest.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Water Filtration
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sun Screen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Layers in case of weather changes
  • Food

Any appropriate backcountry camping gear if you wish to stay over night.

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Tamara Jane

Born and Raised in North Eastern British Columbia. I spend my free time exploring and photographing my home.

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