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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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 has an overnight hut that can be booked.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Glacier Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 10.72km

Elevation: +957m

Difficulty: B1

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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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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 of Montrose

Distance, Round Trip: 3.2km (Antenna Loop) or 5.1km (Flagpole Trail & traverse)

Elevation: +217m (Antenna Loop) or +307m (Flagpole Trail)

Difficulty: A1

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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

Difficulty: B1

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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 Society

Distance, One Way: 8km

Elevation: +240m

Difficulty: A1

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Kokanee Lake Trail

The Kokanee Lake Trail is the main access into beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The trail starts in the forest at Gibson Lake and winds up to the sub-alpine realm of meadows, lakes, waterfalls and marmots. Kokanee Glacier Park is great place to spend a weekend, wandering among mountains and meadows.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, One Way: 8.8km (to campground), 9.5km (to cabin)

Elevation: +578m

Difficulty: B1

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