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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Fletcher Falls

Just outside of Kaslo, Fletcher Creek drops into an impressive waterfall as it flows into Kootenay Lake. It’s a quick, scenic hike down to the falls, and Fletcher Creek also offers a picnic area and backcountry camping.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Fletcher Creek Frontage Rd

Distance, Round Trip: 1.1km

Elevation: +50m

Difficulty: A1

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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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White Queen

White Queen is a scenic off-trail hike just outside of Nelson, BC. Starting at Whitewater Ski Resort, the route crosses familiar ski terrain before ascending to a stunning ridge-line ramble with big views of Ymir Peak and surrounding country. At the summit of White Queen, you can see Kokanee and the Valhallas, and many distant mountains fading to overlapping shades of blue.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Resort, Whitewater Road

Distance, round trip: 9.4km

Elevation: +666m

Difficulty: B2

GPS: link

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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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