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Author: Abby Wilson

Smuggler’s Ridge & The Pyramid

Smuggler’s Ridge & The Pyramid

If you’re staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Smuggler’s Ridge is a short day hike that wanders high above the park to look down on the glacier and surrounding landmarks. SUMMARY Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier FSR Distance, round trip: 6.46km Elevation: +601m Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park Difficulty: B2

Jumbo Pass

Jumbo Pass

Jumbo Pass is a beautiful alpine ridge studded with larch and surrounded by massive peaks and glaciers. Most of the hike is done in the forest, but the destination is well worth the journey! Jumbo Pass can also be hiked from the Invermere side and […]

Macbeth Icefield

Macbeth Icefield

Epic. That is the best word to describe the Macbeth Icefield trail. It’s incredibly epic, but also incredibly hard. The trail climbs through a valley of meadows and old growth forest to ascend past waterfalls to the massive wall of the Macbeth Icefield. It’s a long day with significant distance, elevation, and time, but a huge adventure for experienced hikers!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Glacier Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 15.56km

Elevation: +1209m

Difficulty: D2

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Monica Meadows

Monica Meadows

A panoramic landscape of meadows and mountains, waterfalls and wildflowers, larches and lakes!  Monica Meadows is an incredibly scenic hike on a high alpine plateau. SUMMARY Trailhead: Glacier Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 10km Elevation: +653m Difficulty: B1

Ross Lake

Ross Lake

Ross Lake is a short hike near Balfour, BC. The trail leads to a quiet sub-alpine lake with fishing and backcountry camping opportunities. It’s a great location for new hikers. SUMMARY: Trailhead: Redfish Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 3.5km Elevation: +238m Difficulty: A1

Vallelujah

Vallelujah

Vallelujah is a mountain biking trail that wanders high on a ridge between the Slocan and Kootenay River valleys. Hiking the trail takes you winding through an old clearcut with stellar views of the Valhallas and Bonnington Range peaks. The hike is short and sweet and friendly to new hikers.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Smallwood FSR

Distance, round trip: 6.4km

Elevation: +150m

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Introducing… WestKootenayHiking.ca

Introducing… WestKootenayHiking.ca

Happy Canada Day! Today is the launch of WestKootenayHiking.ca! When I moved to Nelson in April 2016, I started a personal hiking blog called “The Kooteneer” to capture trail reports and adventures on our West Kootenay hiking trails. Since then, I’ve written nearly 100 posts […]