“Red Mountain” seems to be a pretty common name in the Koots. There’s a few of them! But this one is the neighbour of Toad Mountain in the Bonnington Range above Nelson. It has the characteristic red rock, but also offers great hiking off the beaten path.
Trailhead: Giveout Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 9.2km Elevation: +491m Season: early July to late September Difficulty:Moderate
One of the best ridgeline hikes in the Kootenays! Hiking a loop around Mount Reco will bring you through alpine meadows surrounded by peaks. With the option to bag Reco’s summit, this is a great day in the mountains.
Trailhead: Stenson Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 9.9km Elevation: +680m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Moderate
Grassy Mountain is renown for its winter powder, but it’s also a great summer destination for those that don’t mind hiking off trail. You can explore the ridges which are full of spring wildflowers and offer big wide views of the Bonnington Range.
Trailhead: Munson FSR Distance, round trip: 14km Elevation: +663m Season: early June to early October. Difficulty: Difficult
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 Grey Creek Pass? Want to bag a peak? The summit on the North side of the pass is easily gained by following a short trail along the ridge and then picking your way to the top. Nicknamed “Thanksgiving Mountain” by locals who hike it on the holiday, this summit offers a wide panorama of Kootenay Lake and the Purcells.
Trailhead: Grey Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 3.4km Elevation: +303m Season: early July to late September Difficulty: Moderate
A challenging wilderness trail across the Purcell mountain range. The Earl Grey Pass trail is a historic route featuring glaciers, waterfalls, cable cars, and massive old growth cedars. This epic trek is not for the faint of heart – with rough and hazardous terrain, you need to be a tough backpacker, ready for the kind of suffering that comes with a big adventure.
Trailheads: Toby Creek FSR (Invermere) and Argenta Road (Argenta) Distance, one way: 70.4km Elevation: +1896m (East to West) or +2331 (West to East) Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Challenging