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Smuggler’s Ridge & The Pyramid

Smuggler’s Ridge & The Pyramid

If you’re staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Smuggler’s Ridge is a short day hike that wanders high above the park to look down on the glacier and surrounding landmarks. SUMMARY Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier FSR Distance, round trip: 6.46km Elevation: +601m Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park Difficulty: B2

Jumbo Pass

Jumbo Pass

Jumbo Pass is a beautiful alpine ridge studded with larch and surrounded by massive peaks and glaciers. Most of the hike is done in the forest, but the destination is well worth the journey! Jumbo Pass can also be hiked from the Invermere side and […]

Macbeth Icefield

Macbeth Icefield

Epic. That is the best word to describe the Macbeth Icefield trail. It’s incredibly epic, but also incredibly hard. The trail climbs through a valley of meadows and old growth forest to ascend past waterfalls to the massive wall of the Macbeth Icefield. It’s a long day with significant distance, elevation, and time, but a huge adventure for experienced hikers!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Glacier Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 15.56km

Elevation: +1209m

Difficulty: D2

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Monica Meadows

Monica Meadows

A panoramic landscape of meadows and mountains, waterfalls and wildflowers, larches and lakes!  Monica Meadows is an incredibly scenic hike on a high alpine plateau. SUMMARY Trailhead: Glacier Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 10km Elevation: +653m Difficulty: B1

Ross Lake

Ross Lake

Ross Lake is a short hike near Balfour, BC. The trail leads to a quiet sub-alpine lake with fishing and backcountry camping opportunities. It’s a great location for new hikers. SUMMARY: Trailhead: Redfish Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 3.5km Elevation: +238m Difficulty: A1

Return to Gimli Ridge

Return to Gimli Ridge

I spent a summery September day hiking Gimli Ridge! We hiked this trail last year under ominous active weather, but today the Valhallas were sunny and warm and cheerful.

Some other improvements over last year’s excursion:

  • More goats! We met a large, male mountain goat gallomping down the trail to Mulvey Basin.
  • Bannock Road is freshly graded, accessible by 2WD low clearance,  thanks to a new logging operation near the trailhead. The car-sized boulder has been removed from the road.
  • BC Parks has installed a new and exciting toilet at the campsite on the saddle. Nice to see some upgrades, worrisome to see a conveyor-belt used in such a manner.

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Ymir Mountain

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 […]

Alps Alturas

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

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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