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Telegraph Trail

The Telegraph Trail flows through the mossy forest floor and traces an old telegraph line, with the ceramic insulators still fixed to many of the trees. The trail ends with a scenic bench at Wilson Creek.

Summary
Trailhead: West Wilson Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 10.6 km
Elevation: +200 m
Season: mid-April to late-November
Difficulty:  Easy
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Raccoon-Badger Trail

If you think hiking on the Great Northern Rail Trail is a bit boring, then you’ll want to head up into the woods. The Raccoon and Badger Trails offer a welcoming experience for new hikers and trail runners- smooth, flowing trails just above town. Be cautious of descending mountain bikes and move off the trail to give them space.

Summary
Trailhead: Cherry Street or Gore Street
Distance, round trip: 5km
Elevation: +190m
Season: mid-April to late-November
Difficulty:  Easy
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Haiseldean Lake

A short hike to a quiet subalpine lake, with plenty more exploring on the surrounding ridges. The forest is studded with golden larches in the fall.

Summary
Trailhead: Redfish Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 7km
Elevation: +407m
Season: late June to early October
Difficulty: Moderate
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Red Mountain (Bonningtons)

“Red Mountain” seems to be a pretty common name in the Koots. There’s a few of them! But this one is the neighbour of Toad Mountain in the Bonnington Range above Nelson. It has the characteristic red rock, but also offers great hiking off the beaten path.

Summary
Trailhead: Giveout Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 9.2km
Elevation: +491m
Season: early July to late September
Difficulty: Moderate

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Mount Reco Loop

One of the best ridgeline hikes in the Kootenays! Hiking a loop around Mount Reco will bring you through alpine meadows surrounded by peaks. With the option to bag Reco’s summit, this is a great day in the mountains.

Summary
Trailhead: Stenson Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 9.9km
Elevation: +680m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty: Moderate
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Lockhart Creek

If you love long walks in the woods, then you’ll love the Lockhart Creek Trail. You can hike way up the creek drainage for a mighty 22km round trip… or just stretch your campground legs with a quick kilometre out and back.

Summary
Trailhead: Lockhart Beach Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 2.3km
Elevation: +175m
Season: early April to early November
Difficulty:
Easy
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Champion Lakes Trails

A beautiful network of trails looping around the three Champion Lakes. Explore as much as you want, but definitely visit the viewpoint!

Summary
Trailhead: Champion Park Road
Distance, round trip: 10.6km
Elevation: +129m
Season: early May to early November
Difficulty:
Easy
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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
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Red Mountain (Rossland)

There is nothing like hiking a beautifully crafted trail! The hike to Red Mountain weaves through forests and bluffs at a steady grade, lifting you up to the summit with big views over the ski resort and Rossland.

Summary
Trailhead: Red Mountain Ski Resort
Distance, round trip: 9km
Elevation: +428m
Season: mid May to late October
Difficulty:
Moderate

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Talus Hill

Talus Hill pops up above the village of Warfield to offer 360 degree views of the Columbia River Valley. It’s a short hike, but new hikers will find a challenge on the rocky switchbacks.

Summary
Trailhead: Jacob Street, Warfield
Distance, round trip: 2.8km
Elevation: +230m
Season: early April to early November
Difficulty: Easy
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