Shannon Lake

A short and steep trail to a subalpine lake in the Valhallas. Shannon Lake is a quick trip for hikers, but off-trail adventurers will have lots of options to explore the ridges beyond and Mount Vingolf above.

Summary
Trailhead: Shannon Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 3.6km
Elevation: +277m
Difficulty: Moderate
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Saddle Mountain Lookout

A gorgeous hike that ascends through forest and wildflower meadows to reach a historic fire tower. The Saddle Mountain Lookout is perched panoramically high above Nakusp and Arrow Lakes!

Summary
Trailhead: Lookout Road
Distance, round trip: 10.7km
Elevation: +824m
Difficulty: Moderate
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Bannock Point Trails

The trails at Bannock Point lead to scenic bluffs overlooking Slocan Lake. You can stay the night at the backcountry campground or just wander the awesome upper trail with mossy forest and wide viewpoints.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 6
Distance, round trip: 5.36km
Elevation: +208m
Difficulty:  Moderate
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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
Difficulty:  Moderate

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White Queen – Hiking Route

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:  Moderate

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Ripple Ridge/Lightning Strike and Monk Peak

Stagleap Provincial Park is renowned for backcountry skiing, but there is also a summer trail that dips along Lightning Strike. Ridgeline hiking is always a good choice, and this trail doesn’t disappoint with panoramic views of the mountains around Kootenay Pass.

Summary
Trailhead: Bridal Lake, Stagleap Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 9.4km (Lightning Strike), 12km (including Monk Peak)
Elevation: +393m (Ripple Ridge/Lightning Strike), +759m (including Monk Peak)
Difficulty:   Moderate (Ripple Ridge/Lightning Strike),  Difficult (Monk Peak)

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Mt. Giegerich / Sapphire Lakes Loop

Just starting to venture off trail? Mt. Giegerich is a gentle giant with two easy ridge-lines, inviting you to walk on up! This loop follows the official Sapphire Lakes Trail, summits Giegerich, dips down to the Sapphire Lakes, and then returns to Kaslo Lake via the unofficial Commission Creek route. It’s a wonderful circuit for folks staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – offering a day hike that’s moderate yet adventurous.

Summary
Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 8.6km
Elevation: +490m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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Dennis Creek Trail

The Dennis Creek Trail leads you up to a spectacular vista of alpine peaks and wildflowers! The trail itself is short, but the options for further ridge-line wandering and exploration are endless!

Summary
Trailhead: Hicks Creek Road
Distance, round trip: 3.6km
Elevation: +360m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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