Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds (Family Friendly)

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Elevation Gain

795 m (2,610 ft)
8 km (5 miles) round trip
Distance
Difficulty
HARD (due to steepness)

$44.00 - $94.50

7
HRS

Age related pricing

June 5 - Sept 14

Click HERE to see the 2020 season schedule

Pricing

All prices are tax-inclusive and are in Canadian dollars.

$94.50/adult      -  Ages 19 - 75.

$65/youth          -  Ages 13 - 18.

$44/child            -  Ages 6 - 12.

$65/person        -  For educational or not-for-profit groups on a private trip.

Private group pricing is determined by the greater cost of the following two options:  The price per person including a 10% discount or $600/group.  Group size is 1 - 12 people.  Private tours are available any day of the week during our hiking season with some restrictions.  Please contact us via email or phone to book.

12 hikers is the maximum group size but 3 tours per day can be conducted to the Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds so we can guide up to 36 hikers per day.

Is this the right hike for you?

Hikers must be between the ages of 6 and 75.  Youth from 6-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

A parent or guardian of participants 17-18 years of age must sign a waiver in advance if a Parent/Guardian will not be present the morning of the hike.​

You should not undertake this hike if you have any respiratory, circulatory or joint problems.  If unsure, check with your physician. 

The trail is not always well-maintained by Parks Canada.  The trail is steep and uneven in some sections and becomes slippery in wet weather. Hikers may find the descent is hard on the knees or that uneven surfaces are a test of ankle stability.  In the event of injury helicopter rescue is a very likely possibility but not a guarantee, and one must be prepared to hike out with minimal assistance.  

The hike typically begins at 8:30 am MDT but sometimes the hike will start later so check your invoice to make sure that you know what time your hike begins.

The Field town-site (trailhead) is situated at 1,280 meters (4,200 feet) above sea level.  At this elevation there is considerably less oxygen than at sea level, and the fatigue of climbing and descending will be be noticeable if you are used to training at lower elevations.  Although our guides pause for breaks along the way, you will not enjoy the trip unless you are fit and acclimatized to the altitude.

Site Information

If you are new to the Burgess Shale and wish to see abundant and obvious Cambrian fossils, this is the hike to do.  The site is strewn with rock slabs containing appendages of the Cambrian predator Anomalocaris canadensis; trilobites Ogygopsis klotzi, Olenoides serratus and Elrathina cordillerae as well as brachiopods and sponges.

The Mount Stephen Fossil Beds were discovered in 1886, after railway workers reported finding what they called "stone bugs" in the talus on the slopes of Mount Stephen.  Learn about the environment in which these creatures lived and perished and why many of the species that are found here do not occur at the Walcott Quarry site.  This is a great hike for kids who will enjoy studying the rocks to find relatively large, easily recognizable fossils.

How to Book

BOOK ONLINE - Please use our secure booking service here.

BOOK BY PHONE - Call us at 1-800 343 3006 to book your tour with our customer service team.

 

If your preferred date is not available please phone us at 1 800 343 3006 to discuss booking a private tour. Private tours are available any day of the week.

Logistics the morning of the hike

The hike typically begins at 8:30 am MDT but sometimes the hike will start later so check your invoice to make sure that you know what time your hike begins.

 

The Yoho Trading Post is the meeting place in the morning.

If you are planning on driving to Field the morning of the hike, please pay attention to the road conditions in the area because there may be infrastructure projects that will cause long delays on the highway.  For local road conditions please check here.

Contact us

Email:

info@burgess-shale.bc.ca 

Phone:

Ph: 250-343-6006  
Toll-free: 1-800-343-3006

Address:

The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation 
201 Kicking Horse Ave

P.O. Box 148 
Field, British Columbia V0A 1G0 

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(NOT our guided tour hours)

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closed

9am-4pm

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Jun-Sep

closed

9am-4pm

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