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Mount Roberts

Mount Roberts

The trail up Mount Roberts starts easy and gets tough. But it also gets incredibly scenic! With big views of the Columbia River Valley and Seven Summits Range, it’s worth the effort to reach the summit and enjoy the panorama from the bench up there. […]

Mount Jardine

Mount Jardine

Mount Jardine is spectacular hike which follows a historic mining trail to a high alpine ridge. The summit offers wide views of the Valley of the Ghosts where old mining towns have faded back into the forest. SUMMARY Trailhead: Rossiter FSR Distance, round trip: 13.2km Elevation: […]

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

Vallelujah

Vallelujah

Vallelujah is a mountain biking trail that wanders high on a ridge between the Slocan and Kootenay River valleys. Hiking the trail takes you winding through an old clearcut with stellar views of the Valhallas and Bonnington Range peaks. The hike is short and sweet and friendly to new hikers.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Smallwood FSR

Distance, round trip: 6.4km

Elevation: +150m

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White Queen

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, […]

Toad Mountain in July

Toad Mountain in July

Returned to Toad Mountain today with the goal of avoiding further sunburn. It was a hot hike in the full sun and we moved slowly along the ridge, packing snow into our hats.

Ward’s Ferry Trail

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

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Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Let’s be honest. There are many hikes that end in climatic viewpoints all up and down the Kootenay River valley. This is yet another one, and although the lookout offers a big view of Crescent Valley and Playmor Junction, the trail itself is underdeveloped and underwhelming. […]