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Kootenay Columbia Trail

Edging above Rossland, the Kootenay Columbia Trail heads to a scenic bluff with a big view! This hike can be done within an hour – a great destination for beginners!

Summary
Trailhead: Kirkup Avenue, Rossland
Distance, round trip: 4km
Elevation: +125m
Season: early April to early November
Difficulty:
Easy

Trailhead & Driving Directions

Drive to the top of Kirkup Avenue in Rossland, just before it meets Highway 3B. There is a wide parking lot for the Centennial Trail with a big trailhead sign. The Kootenay Columbia trail starts here too!

Centenial Trailhead

Trail network

Nicknamed the “KC” trail, the Kootenay Columbia is part of a network of mountain bike and hiking trails. Take a look at the trailhead sign to see the map. Most of the junctions are marked and you’ll follow the “KC” trail markings.

Hiking through the forest

Ascend the old road from the trailhead and turn right toward a gate, then follow the signed junction to the left to start hiking through the forest. The trail will pass a water tower as it gently climbs through the trees.

After 1.5km, reach a big junction in the dark woods with multiple trails heading off in all directions. Watch for the signed KC trail again as it climbs the final hill to the viewpoint.

Final hill to the viewpoint

The view

The trail ends at a beautiful view with 2 scenic benches, overlooking Rossland. Watch for wildflowers on the bluffs.

You can retrace your steps to head back, or follow another trail in the network for a bigger loop.

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