White Queen – Snowshoe Route

White Queen is an incredible snowshoe destination in the Whitewater backcountry. Starting near Hummingbird Pass, the route winds up the western ridge to White Queen with stunning views and snow-sculpted trees all along the way.

Summary
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Distance, round trip: 8.32km
Elevation: +691m
Difficulty:  Moderate
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Mount Crowe Cabin Loop

A scenic tour of 4 cabins in the Rossland Range, circling beneath the slopes of Mount Crowe. This is a perfect snowshoe excursion or early-winter hike with cozy cabins and impressive distant views.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Highway 3B

Distance, round trip: 13.3km

Elevation: +299m

Difficulty: B1

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Mel DeAnna Trail

The Mel DeAnna trail is a forested loop around the tranquil Champion Ponds. It’s a great shoulder-season hike with fall colours, Columbia Valley views, and plenty of birdwatching on the ponds.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Highway 3

Distance, round trip: 5.8km

Elevation: +122m

Difficulty: A1

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Merry Go Round

The Merry Go Round trail winds high through the forest to a clearcut view of the Columbia River Valley. The trail builders created some impressive bridges and boardwalks, making this easy trail feel like a proper adventure! This trailhead is right beside the Merry Creek Trails, giving you two great hikes for one day!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Merry Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 4.7km

Elevation: +232m

Difficulty: A1

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Merry Creek Trails

The Merry Creek Trails are easy, scenic hiking just outside of Castlegar. The trails meander over soft forest floor and explore interesting landmarks, with a big view of the Columbia River Valley at the far end!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Merry Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 5.1km

Elevation: +82m

Difficulty: A1

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Fletcher Falls

Just outside of Kaslo, Fletcher Creek drops into an impressive waterfall as it flows into Kootenay Lake. It’s a quick, scenic hike down to the falls, and Fletcher Creek also offers a picnic area and backcountry camping.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Fletcher Creek Frontage Rd

Distance, Round Trip: 1.1km

Elevation: +50m

Difficulty: A1

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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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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

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