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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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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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

Difficulty: A1

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Beatrice Lake Trail

The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake.

SUMMARY

Map: Valhalla Provincial Park

Trailhead: Evans Creek (accessible by boat or hike)

Distance, round trip: 12km to Cahill Lake (east shore), 18km to Beatrice Lake

Elevation: +715m to Cahill lake (east shore), +930m to Beatrice Lake

Difficulty: C1

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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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Mount Grohman

Mount Grohman is a stunning ridge-line hike near Nelson, BC. Most of this hike is done off-trail, but the access road starts you way up in the alpine and the route is surrounded by prominent peaks and landmarks. You’ll see Gray’s and Esmeralda Peaks in Kokanee Glacier Park, the Bonnington Range peaks, the Valhallas, Old Glory Mountain, distant Mount Loki, the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and more!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Baldface Lodge, Grohman FSR

Distance, round trip: 8km

Elevation: +617m

Difficulty: C2

GPS: link

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Christina Lake – Deer Point Trail

The Deer Point Trail is an incredibly scenic hike that traces the high bluffs above Christina Lake. The trail is smoothly graded and winds through ponderosa forest, opening up to big views of the lakeshore below.

Trailhead: East Shore Road, Texas Creek Provincial Park

Map: Gladstone Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 13.8km

Elevation: +336m

Difficulty: A1

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