West of Prince George and north of Vanderhoof, the Omineca Trail is an old miners route. The 40km of trail winds through pine and spruce forest, with some swampy areas and creek crossings.
A 15 km trek takes you to the Old Ferry Crossing on the Stuart River. This trail is an ancient Carrier People route from the village of Noonla to the Stuart River and Stuart Lake. In the 1870s, gold prospectors on their way to the Omineca Gold Fields used this trail. Wander up the side trails to visit Wonder Lake and Expected Lake. Most people camp by Stuart River. There are side trails to Mcleod Meadow, Wonder Lake and to Expected Lake.
To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Vandehoof, follow Highway 16 to Burrard Avenue. Follow Burrand Avenue across the Nechako River and turn right. Follow Loop Road for 5km past the airport. At the end of the airport land, look for Striegler Pit Road on the opposite site. Turn right on Striegler Pit Road for 5km. At the top of the hill, look for the signed trailhead on the left.
The Vanderhoof District Forest Service has a map of the area available.
Note: This area is popular with ATV riders so keep an eye out.
Overall, Omineca Trail is the 3rd most popular horse trail of all 4 horseback rides in British Columbia.