If you love long walks in the woods, then you’ll love the Lockhart Creek Trail. You can hike way up the creek drainage for a mighty 22km round trip… or just stretch your campground legs with a quick kilometre out and back.
Trailhead: Lockhart Beach Provincial Park Distance, round trip: 2.3km Elevation: +175m Season: early April to early November Difficulty: Easy
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
Shimmering with colourful quartzite, Mount Crawford dazzles hikers along the Plaid Lake Trail. With scenic alpine ridges, flowering meadows, a quick summit, and the eventual dip down to Plaid Lake, this is an amazing trail with something for everyone!
Trailhead: Plaid Lake Road Distance, round trip: 9.7km Elevation: +890m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Difficult
Pilot Penisula is an easy shoreline hike long the blue vista of Kootenay Lake. With access to multiple beaches of smooth pebbles and clear water, Pilot Peninsula is a a great choice! It’s also one of the first snow-free trails early in the spring.
Trailhead: Pilot Bay Road Distance, round trip: 12.8km Elevation: +235m Season: mid-March to mid-November Difficulty: Easy