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
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
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
Driving over Kootenay Pass? Take a break and stroll the old growth Ka Papa Cedars Trail! It’s an easy loop that explores an ancient cedar grove. Enjoy the tranquility and magic that comes from wandering the timeless forest floor. The trail name “Ka Papa” means “my grandfather” in the Ktunaxa language and refers to the ancient cedars being like elders in the forest.
Trailhead: Highway 3 Distance, round trip: 2.6km Elevation: +69m Season: late May to early October Difficulty: Easy