White Queen

White Queen is a scenic off-trail hike just outside of Nelson, BC. Starting at Whitewater Ski Resort, the route crosses familiar ski terrain before ascending to a stunning ridge-line ramble with big views of Ymir Peak and surrounding country. At the summit of White Queen, you can see Kokanee and the Valhallas, and many distant mountains fading to overlapping shades of blue.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Resort, Whitewater Road

Distance, round trip: 9.4km

Elevation: +666m

Difficulty: B2

GPS: link

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Mount Grohman

Mount Grohman is a stunning ridge-line hike near Nelson, BC. Most of this hike is done off-trail, but the access road starts you way up in the alpine and the route is surrounded by prominent peaks and landmarks. You’ll see Gray’s and Esmeralda Peaks in Kokanee Glacier Park, the Bonnington Range peaks, the Valhallas, Old Glory Mountain, distant Mount Loki, the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and more!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Baldface Lodge, Grohman FSR

Distance, round trip: 8km

Elevation: +617m

Difficulty: C2

GPS: link

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Lost Mountain

Welcome to the West Kootenay’s latest and greatest hike! The Lost Mountain trail offers  highway access and a steady workout. Most of this hike is done in the forest, but the final ridge and summit are worth the effort!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Highway 3 (Crowsnest), Kootenay Pass

Distance, Round Trip: 10.6km

Elevation: +1109m

Difficulty: C2

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Ymir Mountain

Ymir Mountain is renown for its powder, but it’s also a perfectly hike-able summer excursion. Achieving the summit involves getting off trail to traverse the boulders and scree in the Ymir Bowl, but the reward is ridge-line hiking with spectacular views!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road

Distance, Round Trip: 6.7km

Elevation: +760m

Difficulty: C3

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Lyle Lakes & Mount Brennan

Cradled beneath Mount Brennan’s flanks are three subalpine lakes, glowing mineral-blue and suspended between braided waterfalls. The Lyle Lakes are a beautiful destination! And the trail beyond to Mount Brennan’s 2900m summit offers a challenging hike with staggering views.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Rossiter Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 10km (Lyle Lakes), 17km (Mt Brennan)

Elevation: +710m (Lyle Lakes), +1574m (Mt Brennan)

Difficulty: C1 (Lyle Lakes) or D2 (Mt Brennan)

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Mount Crawford & Plaid Lake Trail

Shimmering with colourful quartzite, Mount Crawford dazzles hikers along the Plaid Lake Trail. With scenic alpine ridges, flowering meadows, a quick summit, and the eventual dip down to Plaid Lake, this is an amazing trail with something for everyone!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Plaid Lake Road

Distance, Round Trip: 9.7km

Elevation: +890m

Difficulty: C2

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Mount Loki

In Norse mythology, Loki is a deceptive trickster, causing trouble and strife among the realms of the gods. And Mount Loki is no different. With false summits, an intimidating profile, and a fierce ascent, Mount Loki challenges hikers to make it to the summit. The reward is top-of-the-world views of the Purcell Mountains and distant Kootenay Lake.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Portman Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 11.6km

Elevation: +1137m

Difficulty: D2

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The Keyhole

Looking for a challenging day hike? The Keyhole trail climbs way up high to bring you through a hidden notch at the edge of the Kokanee Glacier. It’s a scenic route, but it’s also a bit of a sufferfest with boulders and scree and an endless ascent.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 12.4km

Elevation: +1133m

Difficulty: D2

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Lightning Strike and Monk Peak

Stagleap Provincial Park is renowned for backcountry skiing, but there is also a summer trail that dips along Lightning Strike. Ridgeline hiking is always a good choice, and this trail doesn’t disappoint with panoramic views of the mountains around Kootenay Pass.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Bridal Lake, Stagleap Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 9.4km (Lightning Strike), 12km (including Monk Peak)

Elevation: +393m (Lightning Strike), +759m (including Monk Peak)

Difficulty: B1 or C2

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Mt. Giegerich / Sapphire Lakes Loop

Just starting to venture off trail? Mt. Giegerich is a gentle giant with two easy ridge-lines, inviting you to walk on up! This loop follows the official Sapphire Lakes Trail, summits Giegerich, dips down to the Sapphire Lakes, and then returns to Kaslo Lake via the unofficial Commission Creek route. It’s a wonderful circuit for folks staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – offering a day hike that’s moderate yet adventurous.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 8.6km

Elevation: +490m

Difficulty: B1

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