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Shoulder Season Hike

Beatrice Lake Trail

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 […]

Christina Lake – Deer Point Trail

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 […]

Montrose Antenna Trail

Montrose Antenna Trail

The Montrose Antenna Trail is a short shoulder-season hike with scenic views of the Columbia River Valley. The trail network includes options to make a smaller loop on the Antenna Trail or to climb higher on the Flagpole Trail extension. SUMMARY Trailhead: 5th St, Village […]

The CBC Tower

The CBC Tower

Following the CBC Tower trail takes you to the very summit of Mount Nelson (or Elephant Mountain as some locals affectionately call it). It’s a difficult hike with significant elevation, but it’s scenic and close to home! At each milestone, the City of Nelson shrinks […]

Wilson Creek Falls

Wilson Creek Falls

The Wilson Creek Falls plunge 63m down into a rocky canyon, ripping with noise and spray. It’s a quick and impressive destination! SUMMARY Trailhead: East Wilson Creek FSR Distance, Round Trip: 2.4km Elevation: -140m

Tulip Creek Falls

Tulip Creek Falls

Short, sweet, spectacular – that’s the trail up to Tulip Creek Falls. It’s less of a hike and more of a diversion, but it’s well worth the trip! SUMMARY Trailhead: 3.5km up Deer Park Road Distance, Round Trip: 0.5km Elevation: +16m

Skycastle/Lemon Lookout

Skycastle/Lemon Lookout

Skycastle (aka Lemon Lookout) is an old fire tower offering panoramic views of the Valhallas and Slocan Valley. This ain’t no Idaho Peak – you’ll have to march yourself up the long climb to the summit – but the scenery is nearly as spectacular! SUMMARY […]

Ward’s Ferry Trail

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 […]

Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

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. […]

Brilliant Overlook

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