Skattebo Reach Trail (Glade to McPhee Creek)

The Skattebo Reach Trail connects from Glade to Castlegar, contouring above the Kootenay River. It’s a pleasant forested route with the blue-green river peeking through the woods. McPhee Creek makes a good turnaround point if you don’t want to head all the way to the Brilliant Substation near Castlegar.

Summary
Trailhead: Glade Road
Distance, round trip: 8.2km
Elevation: +184m
Difficulty:  Easy
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Mount Crowe Cabin Loop

A scenic tour of 4 cabins in the Rossland Range, circling beneath the slopes of Mount Crowe. This is a perfect snowshoe excursion or early-winter hike with cozy cabins and impressive distant views.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 3B
Distance, round trip: 13.3km
Elevation: +299m
Difficulty:  Easy

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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:  Easy

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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 Trails, giving you two great hikes for one day!

Summary
Trailhead: Merry Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 4.7km
Elevation: +232m
Difficulty:  Easy

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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: +82m
Difficulty:  Easy

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Christina Lake – Deer Point Trail

The Deer Point Trail is an incredibly scenic hike that traces the high bluffs above Christina Lake. The trail is smoothly graded and winds through ponderosa forest, opening up to big views of the lakeshore below.

Summary
Trailhead: East Shore Road, Texas Creek Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 13.8km
Elevation: +336m
Difficulty:  Easy

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Ward’s Ferry Trail

Ward’s Ferry Trail traces the Kootenay River and connects Blewett to Glade. A good chunk of it is scenic riverside hiking. A good chunk of it is also a long slog in the woods.

Summary
Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade)
Distance, round trip: 8km
Elevation: +240m
Difficulty:  Easy

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Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Let’s be honest. There are many hikes that end in climatic viewpoints all up and down the Kootenay River valley. This is yet another one, and although the lookout offers a big view of Crescent Valley and Playmor Junction, the trail itself is underdeveloped and underwhelming.

Summary
Trailhead: Pass Creek Road
Distance, round trip: 6.4km
Elevation: +330m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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