Ymir Mountain

Ymir Mountain is renown for its powder, but it’s also a perfectly hike-able summer excursion. Achieving the summit involves getting off trail to traverse the boulders and scree in the Ymir Bowl, but the reward is ridge-line hiking with spectacular views!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road

Distance, Round Trip: 6.7km

Elevation: +760m

Difficulty: C3

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Lyle Lakes & Mount Brennan

Cradled beneath Mount Brennan’s flanks are three subalpine lakes, glowing mineral-blue and suspended between braided waterfalls. The Lyle Lakes are a beautiful destination! And the trail beyond to Mount Brennan’s 2900m summit offers a challenging hike with staggering views.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Rossiter Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 10km (Lyle Lakes), 17km (Mt Brennan)

Elevation: +710m (Lyle Lakes), +1574m (Mt Brennan)

Difficulty: C1 (Lyle Lakes) or D2 (Mt Brennan)

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Mount Crawford & Plaid Lake Trail

Shimmering with colourful quartzite, Mount Crawford dazzles hikers along the Plaid Lake Trail. With scenic alpine ridges, flowering meadows, a quick summit, and the eventual dip down to Plaid Lake, this is an amazing trail with something for everyone!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Plaid Lake Road

Distance, Round Trip: 9.7km

Elevation: +890m

Difficulty: C2

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Mount Loki

In Norse mythology, Loki is a deceptive trickster, causing trouble and strife among the realms of the gods. And Mount Loki is no different. With false summits, an intimidating profile, and a fierce ascent, Mount Loki challenges hikers to make it to the summit. The reward is top-of-the-world views of the Purcell Mountains and distant Kootenay Lake.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Portman Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 11.6km

Elevation: +1137m

Difficulty: D2

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Lightning Strike and Monk Peak

Stagleap Provincial Park is renowned for backcountry skiing, but there is also a summer trail that dips along Lightning Strike. Ridgeline hiking is always a good choice, and this trail doesn’t disappoint with panoramic views of the mountains around Kootenay Pass.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Bridal Lake, Stagleap Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 9.4km (Lightning Strike), 12km (including Monk Peak)

Elevation: +393m (Lightning Strike), +759m (including Monk Peak)

Difficulty: B1 or C2

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Mt. Giegerich / Sapphire Lakes Loop

Just starting to venture off trail? Mt. Giegerich is a gentle giant with two easy ridge-lines, inviting you to walk on up! This loop follows the official Sapphire Lakes Trail, summits Giegerich, dips down to the Sapphire Lakes, and then returns to Kaslo Lake via the unofficial Commission Creek route. It’s a wonderful circuit for folks staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – offering a day hike that’s moderate yet adventurous.

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 8.6km

Elevation: +490m

Difficulty: B1

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Wakefield Trail – Idaho Peak

Do you think driving to the top of mountains is overrated? Do you really want to earn it? The Wakefield Trail gets you up to Idaho Peak using your own two feet. It’s a hard, steady climb that traces old mining routes to the top of Silver Ridge.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: 4.6km up Silverton Creek FSR, then left and 3.9km up an unnamed dirt road

Map: Recreation Sites and Trails BC

Distance, Round Trip: 14.2km (from trailhead)

Elevation: +1000m (from trailhead)

Difficulty: C1

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Toad Mountain via Silverking Mine

Legend has it that Toad Mountain got its name when a prospector was staking his land claim, looked down, saw a toad, and… that was that. Nevertheless, Toad is a legendary ridge-line hike just outside of Nelson. And the view from the summit? Toad-ally awesome.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Unnamed road, off of Gold Creek Road

Distance, Round Trip: 8km

Elevation: +555m

Difficulty: B1

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Mt. Assiniboine: Nub Peak

The Nub is one of the best hikes for a clear day at Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. There are 3 milestones along the trail- the Niblet, the Nublet, and the Nub -so you can choose how far and high you go. Each section has awesome views, but 360 degree panoramas of the entire park can only be found atop the Nub!

SUMMARY:

Trailhead: Start from Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 8km

Elevation: +550m

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