Montrose Antenna Trail

The Montrose Antenna Trail is a short shoulder-season hike with scenic views of the Columbia River Valley. The trail network includes options to make a smaller loop on the Antenna Trail or to climb higher on the Flagpole Trail extension.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: 5th St, Village of Montrose

Distance, Round Trip: 3.2km (Antenna Loop) or 5.1km (Flagpole Trail & traverse)

Elevation: +217m (Antenna Loop) or +307m (Flagpole Trail)

Difficulty: A1

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The CBC Tower

Following the CBC Tower trail takes you to the very summit of Mount Nelson (or Elephant Mountain as some locals affectionately call it). It’s a difficult hike with significant elevation, but it’s scenic and close to home! At each milestone, the City of Nelson shrinks further below and more and more peaks enfold from the distant valleys.

SUMMARY

Map: Pulpit Rock Trail Network

Trailhead: Pulpit Rock Trailhead, Johnstone Road, Nelson

Distance, Round Trip: 14.1km

Elevation: +1120m

Difficulty: C1

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Skycastle/Lemon Lookout

Skycastle (aka Lemon Lookout) is an old fire tower offering panoramic views of the Valhallas and Slocan Valley. This ain’t no Idaho Peak – you’ll have to march yourself up the long climb to the summit – but the scenery is nearly as spectacular!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Ponderosa FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 10km

Elevation: +750m

Difficulty: C1

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Ward’s Ferry Trail

Ward’s Ferry Trail traces the Kootenay River and connects Blewett to Glade. A good chunk of it is scenic riverside hiking. A good chunk of it is also a long slog in the woods.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade)

Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society

Distance, One Way: 8km

Elevation: +240m

Difficulty: A1

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Slocan – Kootenay Lookout

Let’s be honest. There are many hikes that end in climatic viewpoints all up and down the Kootenay River valley. This is yet another one, and although the lookout offers a big view of Crescent Valley and Playmor Junction, the trail itself is underdeveloped and underwhelming.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Pass Creek Road

Distance, Round Trip: 6.4km

Elevation: + 330m

Difficulty: B2

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Brilliant Overlook

An incredibly scenic hike just outside Castlegar! It’s hard work stomping up that trail, but the panoramic views overlooking the Columbia River Valley are well worth it.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: McPhee Forest Service Road

Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society

Distance, Round Trip: 6.5km

Elevation: +350m

Difficulty: B1

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Syringa & Yellow Pine Trails

The trails above Syringa Provincial Park meander through an open forest of towering ponderosa pine. This is easy, pleasant walking with excellent views of Lower Arrow Lake.

SUMMARY

Trailhead:Deer Park Road, Syringa Provincial Park

Map: Syringa Provincial Park

Distance: 6.6km

Elevation: 200m

Difficulty: A1

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Gibson Lake

The trail circling Gibson Lake is short and splendid, wrapping along the lakeshore and crossing tributary streams. Most folks will want to venture onwards and upwards into Kokanee Glacier Park, but if you’re looking for an easy hike or something to pair with the Old Growth Trail, then Gibson Lake is worth the drive!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 2.1km

Elevation: 0m

Difficulty: A1

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