The Kaslo Viewpoint trail is short, sweet, and steep! It winds up along a pleasant forest path to a scenic bench overlooking Kaslo, Kootenay Lake, and the towering Purcell Mountains.
Distance, round trip: 1.82km
Season: early April to early November
Trailhead & Driving Directions
Drive up A Avenue in Kaslo, BC. At the junction for Highway 31A, continue straight and up the hill. Turn right onto Wardner St and drive one block to reach the trailhead on the left.
Up the Viewpoint Trail
If you check out the map at the trailhead kiosk, you’ll see the Viewpoint trail is part of a bigger network developed by the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation & Trails Society. You’ll encounter several junctions leading up to longer and higher trails as you hike, so familiarize yourself with the map.
The Viewpoint Trail (Trail #2 on the map) goes up to the scenic viewpoint, but can form a nice loop if you head down on Trails #4 and #3 which is the route we took.
The Viewpoint Trail (#2) ascends through the forest on a series of switchbacks. It’s a steep climb, but the grade has been nicely managed over the smooth trail.
Reach the top of the Viewpoint trail after about 15-20 minutes of hiking. There is a scenic bench at the top which overlooks Kaslo and Kootenay Lake. We hiked up in October which was a very pretty time of year – fall colours below and snowy peaks beyond.
Down the loop
There is a map near the bench to help remind you of the trail layout. Instead of retracing our steps, we took trails #4 and #3 back to the trailhead to make a nice forested loop. Together, these two trails were just 1.0km of total distance so it was a nice gentle decent.
This is a lovely shoulder season hike, with glimpses of excellent views. There is opportunity to go significantly further is you want to and make it into a few hours hike.
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Lovely little trail. Well maintained and well signposted. We followed some of the other mountain biking trails along the ridgeline to extend our hike to a 4.5km loop.
You get some really spectacular views across the lake and some peaceful moments in the forest. A good afternoon leg stretch!