There is nothing like hiking a beautifully crafted trail! The hike to Red Mountain weaves through forests and bluffs at a steady grade, lifting you up to the summit with big views over the ski resort and Rossland.
Trailhead: Red Mountain Ski Resort Distance, round trip: 9km Elevation: +428m Season: mid May to late October Difficulty: Moderate
If you’ve ever gazed at the Skimmerhorn Mountains above Creston and wondered if the distant ridge would be a good place to hike, your wish has been granted! Not only is there a network of trails up there, you can even drive to the top! The Thompson Rim Trail traces the top of the ridge with big views of the Creston Valley below!
Trailhead: Mount Thompson FSR Distance, round trip: 7km Elevation: +300m Season: July to September Difficulty: Moderate
The Seven Summits is a legendary ridge-line trail that sweeps across the Rossland Range. Strong hikers and trail runners will enjoy the challenge of a big day with stunning alpine views. The terrain features rolling wildflower meadows, gnarled trees, and of course the seven mountain summits.
Trailhead: Highway 3B and Old Rossland Cascade Highway Distance, one way: 31 km Elevation: +1131m, -1314m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Challenging
Which mountain has two humps and riddles hikers with its steep ascent? Sphinx is a notable peak, towering high above Grey Creek Pass. It’s easily spotted from the Kootenay Lake Ferry but not so easily summited.
Trailhead: Grey Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 11.6km Elevation: +999m Season: early July to late September Difficulty: Difficult
The Mill Lake Trail has seen big changes in recent years. A new access road has shortened the trail into a reasonable day hike, but much of the forest burnt in a 2017 wildfire. The trail now cuts through open slopes recovering with fireweed.
Trailhead: East Harrop Main Line Distance, round trip: 8.8km Elevation: +521m Season: late June to late September Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking Toad Mountain via Giveout Creek FSR leads you along a forested trail to access the summit from the northern ridge. The ridge line ascent is a little less scenic than the original trail from the Silverking mine, but much easier for hikers and vehicles alike! The summit of Toad offers epic views of the Nelson and surrounding peaks!
Trailhead: Giveout Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 6.7km Elevation: +370m Season: early July to late September Difficulty: Easy