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: B1

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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: A1

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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: A1

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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: A1

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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.

Trailhead: East Shore Road, Texas Creek Provincial Park

Map: Gladstone Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 13.8km

Elevation: +336m

Difficulty: A1

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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)

Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society

Distance, One Way: 8km

Elevation: +240m

Difficulty: A1

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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: B2

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Brilliant Overlook

An incredibly scenic hike just outside Castlegar! It’s hard work stomping up that trail, but the panoramic views overlooking the Columbia River Valley are well worth it.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: McPhee Forest Service Road

Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society

Distance, Round Trip: 6.5km

Elevation: +350m

Difficulty: B1

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Syringa & Yellow Pine Trails

The trails above Syringa Provincial Park meander through an open forest of towering ponderosa pine. This is easy, pleasant walking with excellent views of Lower Arrow Lake.

SUMMARY

Trailhead:Deer Park Road, Syringa Provincial Park

Map: Syringa Provincial Park

Distance: 6.6km

Elevation: 200m

Difficulty: A1

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