Christina Lake – Deer Point Trail

The Deer Point Trail is an incredibly scenic hike that traces the high bluffs above Christina Lake. The trail is smoothly graded and winds through ponderosa forest, opening up to big views of the lakeshore below.

Summary
Trailhead: East Shore Road, Texas Creek Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 13.8km
Elevation: +336m
Difficulty:  Easy

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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:  Easy

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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
Trailhead: Pulpit Rock Trailhead, Johnstone Road, Nelson
Distance, round trip: 14.1km
Elevation: +1120m
Difficulty:  Difficult

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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 view of the Valhallas is spectacular!

Summary
Trailhead: Ponderosa FSR
Distance, round trip: 10km
Elevation: +750m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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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)
Distance, round trip: 8km
Elevation: +240m
Difficulty:  Easy

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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:  Moderate

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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
Distance, round trip: 6.5km
Elevation: +350m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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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
Distance, round trip: 6.6km
Elevation: +200m
Difficulty:  Easy

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