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Fraser Hill Viewpoint Trail

A pleasant walk up the forest to a series of viewpoints above Crawford Bay. The final reward is a big view of Kokanee Glacier through the trees!

Trailhead:  Peters Road
Distance, round trip: 4.2 km
Elevation: +228 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Riondel Historic Waterline Trail

If you enjoy hikes with a historical connection, then add this waterline to your list! The restored trail offers a pleasant walk in the woods with a historic engineering marvel.

Trailhead:  Riondel North Road
Distance, round trip: 9.8km
Elevation: +273m
Season: mid May to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Lockhart Creek

If you love long walks in the woods, then you’ll love the Lockhart Creek Trail. You can hike way up the creek drainage for a mighty 22km round trip… or just stretch your campground legs with a quick kilometre out and back.

Trailhead: Lockhart Beach Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 2.3km
Elevation: +175m
Season: early April to early November
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Sphinx Mountain

Which mountain has two humps and riddles hikers with its steep ascent? Sphinx is a notable peak, towering high above Grey Creek Pass. It’s easily spotted from the Kootenay Lake Ferry but not so easily summited.

Trailhead: Grey Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 11.6km
Elevation: +999m
Season: early July to late September
Difficulty: Difficult 
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Thanksgiving Mountain

Driving over Grey Creek Pass? Want to bag a peak? The summit on the North side of the pass is easily gained by following a short trail along the ridge and then picking your way to the top. Nicknamed “Thanksgiving Mountain” by locals who hike it on the holiday, this summit offers a wide panorama of Kootenay Lake and the Purcells.

Trailhead: Grey Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 3.4km
Elevation: +303m
Season: early July to late September
Difficulty: Moderate 
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Mill Lake

The Mill Lake Trail has seen big changes in recent years. A new access road has shortened the trail into a reasonable day hike, but much of the forest burnt in a 2017 wildfire. The trail now cuts through open slopes recovering with fireweed.

Trailhead: East Harrop Main Line
Distance, round trip: 8.8km
Elevation: +521m
Season: late June to late September
Difficulty: Moderate 
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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!

Trailhead: Plaid Lake Road
Distance, round trip: 9.7km
Elevation: +890m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty:  Difficult

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Pilot Peninsula

Pilot Penisula is an easy shoreline hike along the blue vista of Kootenay Lake. With access to multiple beaches of smooth pebbles and clear water, Pilot Peninsula is a great choice! It’s also one of the first snow-free trails early in the spring.

Trailhead: Pilot Bay Road
Distance, round trip: 12.8km
Elevation: +235m
Season: mid-March to mid-November
Difficulty:  Easy

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