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Mel DeAnna Trail

Mel DeAnna Trail

The Mel DeAnna trail is a forested loop around the tranquil Champion Ponds. It’s a great shoulder-season hike with fall colours, Columbia Valley views, and plenty of birdwatching on the ponds. SUMMARY Trailhead: Highway 3 Distance, round trip: 5.8km Elevation: +122m Difficulty: A1

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

The Merry Go Round trail winds high through the forest to a clearcut view of the Columbia River Valley. The trail builders created some impressive bridges and boardwalks, making this easy trail feel like a proper adventure! This trailhead is right beside the Merry Creek […]

Merry Creek Trails

Merry Creek Trails

The Merry Creek Trails are easy, scenic hiking just outside of Castlegar. The trails meander over soft forest floor and explore interesting landmarks, with a big view of the Columbia River Valley at the far end! SUMMARY Trailhead: Merry Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 5.1km Elevation: […]

Toad Mountain via Giveout Creek

Toad Mountain via Giveout Creek

Hiking Toad Mountain via Giveout Creek FSR leads you along a forested trail to access the summit from the northern ridge. The ridge line ascent is a little less scenic than the standard trail from the Silverking mine, but much easier for hikers and vehicles […]

Kaslo Viewpoint

Kaslo Viewpoint

The Kaslo Viewpoint trail is short, sweet, and steep! It winds up along a pleasant forest path to a scenic bench overlooking Kaslo, Kootenay Lake, and the towering Purcell Mountains. SUMMARY Trailhead: Wardner St, Kaslo Distance, round trip: 1.82km Elevation: +178m Difficulty: A1

Mount Roberts

Mount Roberts

The trail up Mount Roberts starts easy and gets tough. But it also gets incredibly scenic! With big views of the Columbia River Valley and Seven Summits Range, it’s worth the effort to reach the summit and enjoy the panorama from the bench up there. […]

Mount Jardine

Mount Jardine

Mount Jardine is spectacular hike which follows a historic mining trail to a high alpine ridge. The summit offers wide views of the Valley of the Ghosts where old mining towns have faded back into the forest. SUMMARY Trailhead: Rossiter FSR Distance, round trip: 13.2km Elevation: […]

Fletcher Falls

Fletcher Falls

Just outside of Kaslo, Fletcher Creek drops into an impressive waterfall as it flows into Kootenay Lake. It’s a quick, scenic hike down to the falls, and Fletcher Creek also offers a picnic area and backcountry camping. SUMMARY Trailhead: Fletcher Creek Frontage Rd Distance, Round Trip: 1.1km […]

Retallack Old Growth Cedars

Retallack Old Growth Cedars

A short, winding loop through a scenic old growth cedar grove! Some of the trees are hundreds of years old and tower up to impressive heights – it’s worth the 30 minute stop to go check out this trail! SUMMARY Trailhead: Highway 31A Distance, round trip: 1 […]

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