Kooteneer Blog

Best Hiking Viewpoints over Nelson, BC

Nelson is surrounded by forested mountains with hidden viewpoints. It’s a hikers paradise – if you know where to go! Here are some of the best viewpoint trails that will let you gaze out over our mountain town.

75 Trails Giveaway!

West Kootenay Hiking has hit some big milestones in the last few days 75 trail reviews posted 50,000 visitors on the new site and this new Facebook page! Let’s celebrate with a giveaway! WHAT YOU CAN WIN: A unisex t-shirt from the West Kootenay Hiking collection in the colour, size, and design of your choice: …

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Introducing… WestKootenayHiking.ca

Happy Canada Day! Today is the launch of WestKootenayHiking.ca! When I moved to Nelson in April 2016, I started a personal hiking blog called “The Kooteneer” to capture trail reports and adventures on our West Kootenay hiking trails. Since then, I’ve written nearly 100 posts and had traffic to the blog steadily increasing to over …

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Wildflowers on the Flagpole Trail

With summery temperatures pushing +30, the snow-line is finally receding higher into the mountains and more shoulder-season hikes are opening up. The wildflowers on the Flagpole trail above Nelson are absolutely fantastic right now. Red paintbrush, blue delphinium, and huge clusters of yellow balsamroot, as well as many more are blanketing the open sections of …

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The first snow-free hikes of 2018

The snow is going fast at lake-level with the mild spring temperatures, and that has opened up a couple of great shoreline hikes! These two trails are now snow-free and ready for exploring: Pilot Peninsula – East Shore Kootenay Lake Yellow Pine Trail – Syringa Provincial Park, Castlegar  

Fall Colours at the Flagpole

It was a beautiful day to hike up to the flagpole above Pulpit Rock. The fall leaves are at their peak right now and Nelson is full of colour! The flagpole trail has had a number of improvements this season, including the development of new switchbacks to ease the moderate route. I took the difficult …

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Thanksgiving Hike at Lightning Strike

It was a good plan. We were going to hike Jumbo Pass and Monica Meadows over the Thanksgiving long weekend, ending the hiking season in a blaze of glorious, golden larches. Sadly, Air Canada had other ideas.

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 …

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