The Kaslo River Trail is a fairy tale of a trail, winding along the burbling river and mossy banks. The main loop arcs over the river on two covered bridges, both painted an enchanting shade of red. Look for the magical “Koots” sculptures playing hide-and-seek among the boulders and enjoy the shady calm of the forest.
Trailhead: 5th St Distance, round trip: 3.6km Elevation: +90m Season: early April to late November Difficulty: Easy
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
The main feature of Cody Caves Provincial Park is the network of limestone caves. But for those wishing to explore above the surface, a short trail loops along the forest floor with clues about the underground wonderland below.
Trailhead: Cody Caves Road Distance, round trip: 2.6km Elevation: +117m Season: late May to early October Difficulty: Easy
The Smallwood lookout boasts one of the biggest benches with one of the biggest views. It’s part of a large mountain bike trail network, but hiking the Smallwood ridge-line as an “out and back” is an easy option with lots of reward.
Trailhead: Garrity Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 4.14km Elevation: +153m Season: mid-May to late October Difficulty: Easy
Everyone loves a good waterfall! And Little McPhee Falls is a two-tiered beauty that roars during the spring melt and quiets to a mossy trickle in the fall. This forested trail can be extended into a nice loop above the Kootenay River.
Trailhead: McPhee Forest Service Road Distance, round trip: 7.66km Elevation: +215m Season: mid-April to early November Difficulty: Easy
A short hike with panoramic views over Castlegar! This is a great shoulder-season trail as the main climb is snow-free in early April. You can also extend your hike to reach the Brilliant Overlook Trail higher above.
Trailhead: Aaron Road Distance, round trip: 5.7km Elevation: +182m Season: late March to late November Difficulty: Easy