Mount Grohman

Mount Grohman is a stunning ridge-line hike near Nelson, BC. Most of this hike is done off-trail, but the access road starts you way up in the alpine and the route is surrounded by prominent peaks and landmarks. You’ll see Gray’s and Esmeralda Peaks in Kokanee Glacier Park, the Bonnington Range peaks, the Valhallas, Old Glory Mountain, distant Mount Loki, the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and more!

Trailhead: Baldface Lodge, Grohman FSR
Distance, round trip: 8km
Elevation: +617m
Season: mid-June to early October
Difficulty:  Difficult


Navigation -There is no official trail nor official trailhead for this hike. Before you go, you should be familiar with the route and have some navigational aid or good route-finding experience. It is easy to get turned around on the ridges, especially on the hike back.

You need to drive and park up at Baldface Lodge, about a 1 hour drive up Grohman FSR. The elevation gain on the road is significant, so check your gas gauge before you start.

Leaving Nelson, turn on Marsden Road and reset the odometer. Immediately fork left. Ascend with views over the Kootenay River. Cross a bridge at 8.2km over Grohman Creek and turn left. At 9.9km, cross signed Grohman Creek again. At 11km, turn right at the sign for Baldface Lodge and ascend. At 15.2km, fork left and follow the Baldface sign (right fork leads to the CBC Tower on Elephant Mountain). Road edges high on the slope with Bonnington Range peaks appearing across the valley. It switchbacks high. At 21.7km, continue straight towards the lodge. Park at 22km by Baldface lodge.

The road is long and steep, but would likely be possible in a 2WD low-clearance vehicle as this is the access to Baldface Lodge and well maintained. There are a few switchbacks with nail-bitingly steep drops along the side, but overall it was a smooth ride.

By the time you park, you’ve already driven up over 1000m elevation with quite an impressive view:

View from parking location at Baldface Lodge

Up the ridge

Hiking behind Baldface Lodge, there is a faint summer trail up to the ridge above. In mid-June, this trail was covered in snow, but we walked up a cat track to ascend to the ridge where we could see even more! From this initial ridge, Mt. Grohman is hidden behind a small peak to the north.

Following the wide ridge, we headed north to the small peak that had a radio tower and naked-lady sculpture at its top. Supposedly the faint summer trail that starts at the lodge ends up at the tower, but we were walking on snow the entire time.

The Kootenay Lady

From the top of the small peak, we could finally see Mt. Grohman in the distance:

Hiking towards distant Mt Grohman

More Ridges

As we descended the small peak, we started dipping up and down a long ridge-line to make our way north towards Mt. Grohman’s summit. There were some steep sections where we were sliding on snow and we were told that in the summer, some hand-holding along the rocks is necessary.

There were old cornices overhanging the ridge that we had to avoid walking on, and this made for some tricky stepping as we wove around trees and boulders to stay away from the snow.

Hiking up the ridge

At last, after about 2.5 hours and a lot of hiking up and down along the ridges, we reached the summit of Mount Grohman!

Looking out towards the Valhallas, near Mt. Grohman’s summit

The Summit

We could see so many familiar peaks from Mt. Grohman! The amazing thing about this hike is that it is right in the middle of our little mountain world! I recognized so many landmarks and favourite hiking spots.

Looking back over the ridges that we hiked on
Looking towards Kokanee
Looking towards the Valhallas

After a nice long break in the sun, we packed up and started heading back the way we came. The KMC was planning to also summit nearby Mt. Kubin in the same day, but given the time and the amount of snow we all decided that Mt. Grohman was enough for one day!

Leaving Mt. Grohman’s summit

Link to Mt. Grohman GPS file for download


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Mike Piva
Mike Piva
4 years ago

Nice work! Thanks! I feel like I completed the hike just by reading your article 🙂

Michele D
Michele D
4 years ago

Thanks Abby for helping us discover a new locals hike. We had a lovely day up there yesterday. Reached the peak in 2 hours. Snow was still good to walk and slide on but a little soft on the way back.

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