Mount Stephen Quarry

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Mount Stephen Quarry is a 10.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 1,915 m Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips



no dogs

The fossils were impressive. The guide from the Burgess Shale Foundation addes insight to the fossils and history of the area. The hike was essentially straight up the slope but not too difficult.

1 month ago

Great guided hike! Lots of cool fossils to see!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Mt. Stephen Quarry trail offers a brisk hike up from Field B.C. to expansive views of Field and the surrounding Yoho National Park. Mt. Stephen is offered as a guided hike through the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation in Field, the feature being the Mt. Stephen fossil quarry. A German railway engineer working on the Trans-Canada in 1886 discovered a great trove of trilobites, tube worms and anomalocaris fossils here. This discovery lead Charles Doolittle Wolcott of the Smithsonian to explore the area and make the more significant Wolcott Quarry discovery some years later. For me, the Mt. Stephen fossils were more plentiful and impressive than what I saw at Wolcott, and gave more opportunities for hands-on examination as the trilobites and other Cambrian fossils are scattered everywhere. Keep in mind that there is no collecting here--only photos, and the site is monitored for fossil poaching just like the Wolcott Quarry.

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