Teapot Mountain Trail is located north of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. It is a short uphill hike leading to a summit with four viewpoints providing 360 degree views of the surrounding lakes, rivers, forests and wetlands.
The 1.4 kilometre hike is deceiving because it seems like a short trek on a map but it is not for the light hearted. The trail is a rough grade route and hikers should be in good physical condition. The hike is suitable for families but care must be taken and good hiking boots worn.
The route explores one of two basalt volcanic plugs in the region. The basalt flows formed the interior plateau in the north long before the ice age arrived. The columns of basalt are exposed and visible from the ground on the southern slopes of Teapot Mountain. On the trail the basalt rocks are visible everywhere.
The trail route is covered in exposed tree roots and 5-6 sided basalt boulders. The volcanic rocks formed as the lava cooled and since the basalt is relatively weather resistant the rocks have not shown any signs of wear from the elements which explains why Teapot Mountain survived the last ice age.
The trail at the top is a circular route exposing 360 degree views. From Viewpoint 1 on the way up the hill provides views of Summit Lake in the south. Viewpoint 2 points towards the marshes and wetlands. The Viewpoint 3 and 4 look northward over many unnamed lakes, creeks, swamps and rivers.
There are no amenities at the trailhead. All hikers must pack out what they pack in.
Talus Road Prince George, British Columbia Canada