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
Lyon’s Bluff is a brand new trail climbing up Nelson’s north shore to a big view of town. It’s a great alternative to the busy Pulpit Rock Trail, but offers just as much of a workout and final viewpoint!
Trailhead: Highway 3A Distance, round trip: 3.8km Elevation: +300m Season: late March to late November Difficulty: Moderate
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
Ward’s Ferry Trail connects the communities of Blewett and Glade with scenic riverside hiking. Before the highway and railroad were built, Ward’s Ferry was the main option for travellers in the 1880’s to cross the Kootenay River. This historical trail passes by the site of the old ferry landing and traces remnants of wagon roads.
Trailhead: McPhee Forest Service Road or Glade Road Distance, one way: 9.98km Elevation: +335m (Glade to McPhee) Season: mid-April to early November Difficulty: Moderate