Mount Jardine

Mount Jardine is spectacular hike which follows a historic mining trail to a high alpine ridge. The summit offers wide views of the Valley of the Ghosts where old mining towns have faded back into the forest.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Rossiter FSR

Distance, round trip: 13.2km

Elevation: +1245m

Difficulty: C3

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Retallack Old Growth Cedars

A short, winding loop through a scenic old growth cedar grove! Some of the trees are hundreds of years old and tower up to impressive heights – it’s worth the 30 minute stop to go check out this trail!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Highway 31A

Distance, round trip: 1 km

Elevation: +25m

Difficulty: A1

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Beatrice Lake Trail

The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake.

SUMMARY

Map: Valhalla Provincial Park

Trailhead: Evans Creek (accessible by boat or hike)

Distance, round trip: 12km to Cahill Lake (east shore), 18km to Beatrice Lake

Elevation: +715m to Cahill lake (east shore), +930m to Beatrice Lake

Difficulty: C1

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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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Alps Alturas

There is something captivating about a hike called Alps Alturas. The very name evokes adventure and wonder, and the trail lives up to it! This hike climbs through forest and meadow, wrapping around shoulders and canyons to bring you up into the height of the mountains.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: 27.6km up Hicks Creek FSR, from Highway 6

Distance, Round Trip: 9.6km

Elevation: +640m

Difficulty: B1

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Whitewater Canyon

Local wisdom has it that Whitewater Canyon is the prime location for grizzly bear viewing across the valley slopes. We saw no bears. Regardless, Whitewater is a wonderful and challenging hike that brings you along the canyon edge to a high alpine pass surrounded by peaks and tarns.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: 4.3km up Whitewater Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 12.8km to Whitewater Pass, 14.4km to Whitewater Tarn

Elevation: +670m to Whitewater Pass, +820m to Whitewater Tarn

Difficulty: C2

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Wakefield Trail – Idaho Peak

Do you think driving to the top of mountains is overrated? Do you really want to earn it? The Wakefield Trail gets you up to Idaho Peak using your own two feet. It’s a hard, steady climb that traces old mining routes to the top of Silver Ridge.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: 4.6km up Silverton Creek FSR, then left and 3.9km up an unnamed dirt road

Map: Recreation Sites and Trails BC

Distance, Round Trip: 14.2km (from trailhead)

Elevation: +1000m (from trailhead)

Difficulty: C1

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