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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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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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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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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Toad Mountain via Silverking Mine

Legend has it that Toad Mountain got its name when a prospector was staking his land claim, looked down, saw a toad, and… that was that. Nevertheless, Toad is a legendary ridge-line hike just outside of Nelson. And the view from the summit? Toad-ally awesome.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Unnamed road, off of Gold Creek Road

Distance, Round Trip: 8km

Elevation: +555m

Difficulty: B1

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Rail Trail to Five Mile Point (Troup Beach)

All aboard the Great Northern Rail Trail! It’s not the most exciting hike, but the rail-grade is easy, gentle walking. The destination of this hike is white sandy Troup Beach at Five Mile Point – a great picnic spot with shallow water, sandbars, and solitude.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Svoboda Road

Distance, Round Trip: 12.5km

Elevation: +164m

Difficulty: A1

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Kokanee Lake Trail

The Kokanee Lake Trail is the main access into beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The trail starts in the forest at Gibson Lake and winds up to the sub-alpine realm of meadows, lakes, waterfalls and marmots. Kokanee Glacier Park is great place to spend a weekend, wandering among mountains and meadows.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, One Way: 8.8km (to campground), 9.5km (to cabin)

Elevation: +578m

Difficulty: B1

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Smallwood Bigwood Trails

Do you think the destination is more important than the journey? The Smallwood and Bigwood trails near Beasley are a slog in the woods with an outstanding climatic view! From the top, you can look up and down the Kootenay River Valley to see Nelson and South Slocan. And looking across, you’ll see several prominent mountain peaks in the Bonnington Range.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Smallwood Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 5km

Elevation: +509m

Difficulty: B1

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