There is nothing like hiking a beautifully crafted trail! The hike to Red Mountain weaves through forests and bluffs at a steady grade, lifting you up to the summit with big views over the ski resort and Rossland.
Trailhead: Red Mountain Ski Resort Distance, round trip: 9km Elevation: +428m Season: mid May to late October Difficulty: Moderate
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
Hiking Toad Mountain via Giveout Creek FSR leads you along a forested trail to access the summit from the northern ridge. The ridge line ascent is a little less scenic than the original trail from the Silverking mine, but much easier for hikers and vehicles alike! The summit of Toad offers epic views of the Nelson and surrounding peaks!
Trailhead: Giveout Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 6.7km Elevation: +370m Season: early July to late September Difficulty: Easy
A beautiful hiking trail up to White Queen’s Summit! Follow a historic mining road through Hummingbird Pass to access the “Bird Queen Trail” which traces the ridge line to the summit. Beautiful views of Ymir Peak and the surrounding mountains can be found along the way, but be sure to come in the fall for the golden larches at the top!
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road Distance, round trip: 10.2km Elevation: +691m Season: late June to late September Difficulty: Moderate