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Kimbol Lake

A forested trail, carpeted with moss and pillared with old growth trees. The subalpine lake is cradled in a steep valley with limited views but still a worthy destination.

Trailhead: Nakusp Hot Springs
Distance, round trip: 11 km
Elevation: +551 m
Season: mid-June to early-November
Difficulty: Moderate
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McDonald Creek Nature Loop

So you’re camping at McDonald Creek and need something to do? This nature walk is a simple trail through the forest, stopping at McDonald Creek and the remains of an old homestead.

Trailhead: Highway 6
Distance, round trip: 3.2 km
Elevation: +25 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Hot Springs Trail

Yes, you can hike all the way into the Nakusp Hot Springs! This is a mossy multi-use trail that follows Kuskanax Creek, tracing a historic pioneer route used to access the springs. Most hikers prefer to go one-way, arranging a pickup or hitching a ride after a good soak at the hot springs. This trail is sometimes referred to as “Kuskanax Creek”.

Trailhead: Alexander Road or Nakusp Hot Springs
Distance, round trip: 9.8 km
Elevation: +250 m
Season: mid-April to late-November
Difficulty: Moderate
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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.

Trailhead: Shannon Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 3.6km
Elevation: +277m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty: Moderate
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Mount Kuskanax (South Trail)

If you like steep trails, then you’ll love Mount Kuskanax! The southern trail ascends at a wicked grade before levelling out along the long ridge-line approach to the summit.

Trailhead: Kuskanax Mountain Road
Distance, round trip: 10.6km
Elevation: +911m
Season: late June to early October
Difficulty: Difficult
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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!

Trailhead: Lookout Road
Distance, round trip: 10.7km
Elevation: +824m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty: Moderate
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Wilson Creek Falls

The Wilson Creek Falls plunge 63m down into a rocky canyon, ripping with noise and spray. It’s a quick and impressive destination!

Trailhead: East Wilson Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 2.4km
Elevation: +140m
Season: mid-April to early November
Difficulty:  Easy

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Alps Alturas

There is something captivating about a hike called Alps Alturas. The very name evokes adventure and wonder, and the trail lives up to it! This hike climbs through forest and meadow, wrapping around shoulders and canyons to bring you up into the height of the mountains.

Trailhead: Hicks Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 9.6km
Elevation: +640m
Season: mid-July to late September
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!

Trailhead: Hicks Creek Road
Distance, round trip: 3.6km
Elevation: +360m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty:  Moderate

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