Shimmering turquoise lakes? Check. Meandering creeks and waterfalls? Check. Glowing fields of white granite? Check. Peaks all around? Oh yeah! Sapphire Lakes is a choice day hike for any kooteneers staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.
Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park Distance, round trip: 8.9km Elevation: +352m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Moderate
The Kokanee Lake Trail is the main access into beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The trail starts in the forest at Gibson Lake and winds up to the sub-alpine realm of meadows, lakes, waterfalls and marmots. Kokanee Glacier Park is great place to spend a weekend, wandering among mountains and meadows.
Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road Distance, One Way: 8.8km (to campground), 9.5km (to cabin) Elevation: +578m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Moderate
Turquoise lakes, mirrored pools, and circles of peaks all around! The hike to Gwillim Lakes goes from ‘impressive’ to ‘fantastically incredible’ and doesn’t stop there! This is one of the region’s best hikes and a worthwhile backpacking destination for a weekend in alpine paradise.
Trailhead: Hodor Creek Road Distance, round trip: 12km Elevation: +894m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Difficult
The Slocan-Evans Creek trail is a ‘there and back again’ hike, following the Slocan lakeshore along the edge of Valhalla Provincial Park. The turnaround point is the bridge over the roaring Evans Creek, but the trail continuously opens up into rocky meadows and lapping crystal-blue shoreline.
Trailhead: Slocan Distance, round trip: 17km Elevation: +400m Season: mid-April to early November Difficulty: Moderate