A sweet little forested loop that climbs to a viewpoint over Trail. You just need an hour – perfect for a nature break!
Trailhead & Driving Directions
The trailhead is tucked away on Palyga Drive in West Trail. It’s a real network of zig-zagging residential streets! Use the map pin to navigate to the trailhead where you’ll find plenty of parking spaces on this narrow road.
The Elder Trail starts off as an old, overgrown road, but the trailhead is marked with a sign
Along the old road
The first 0.5km of trail gently ascends along the old road. The trees open up to wide views over Trail and the Columbia River.
After hiking 0.5km, the trail turns into a loop. We hiked counter-clockwise and turned right to ascend along another old road with some old foundations hidden in the woods nearby.
The Elder Trail narrows into switchbacks as it begins to ascend at a steeper pitch. You’ll hike through towering stands of birch trees and can watch for forest flowers like Queen’s Cup.
Reach the big viewpoint after hiking 1.5km, complete with scenic bench! The viewpoint gazes down on the Columbia River with distant views of the Rossland Range.
Complete the loop after hiking 2.2km to rejoin the original old road and hike back. The switchbacks provide a welcome grade on the descent too!