A short and steep trail to a subalpine lake in the Valhallas. Shannon Lake is a quick trip for hikers, but off-trail adventurers will have lots of options to explore the ridges beyond and Mount Vingolf above.
Trailhead: Shannon Creek FSR Distance, round trip: 3.6km Elevation: +277m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Moderate
The Beatrice Lake Trail offers steady hiking through forests and wetlands as it traces an old mining road, following a chain of lakes through Valhalla Provincial Park. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lakes until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake.
Trailhead: Evans Creek (accessible by boat or hike) Distance, round trip: 12km to Cahill Lake (east shore), 18km to Beatrice Lake Elevation: +715m to Cahill lake (east shore), +930m to Beatrice Lake Season: early June to late October Difficulty: Difficult
Mt. Gimli is a striking pillar of rock, towering high in the Valhalla range. This hike is tough, but rewarding. The trail leads up to the base of Gimli where it wraps around to a final ledge. Here, hikers can look down into the Mulvey Basin lakes, or just spin and spin and take in the panoramas of jagged peaks and sky.
Trailhead: Bannock Burn Road Distance, round trip: 10.3km Elevation: +909m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Difficult
Turquoise lakes, mirrored pools, and circles of peaks all around! The hike to Gwillim Lakes goes from ‘impressive’ to ‘fantastically incredible’ and doesn’t stop there! This is one of the region’s best hikes and a worthwhile backpacking destination for a weekend in alpine paradise.
Trailhead: Hodor Creek Road Distance, round trip: 12km Elevation: +894m Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Difficult
The Slocan-Evans Creek trail is a ‘there and back again’ hike, following the Slocan lakeshore along the edge of Valhalla Provincial Park. The turnaround point is the bridge over the roaring Evans Creek, but the trail continuously opens up into rocky meadows and lapping crystal-blue shoreline.
Trailhead: Slocan Distance, round trip: 17km Elevation: +400m Season: mid-April to early November Difficulty: Moderate