Return to Gimli Ridge

I spent a summery September day hiking Gimli Ridge! We hiked this trail last year under ominous active weather, but today the Valhallas were sunny and warm and cheerful.

Some other improvements over last year’s excursion:

  • More goats! We met a large, male mountain goat gallomping down the trail to Mulvey Basin.
  • Bannock Road is freshly graded, accessible by 2WD low clearance,  thanks to a new logging operation near the trailhead. The car-sized boulder has been removed from the road.
  • BC Parks has installed a new and exciting toilet at the campsite on the saddle. Nice to see some upgrades, worrisome to see a conveyor-belt used in such a manner.

We hit the trail around 10am and began the arduous forested climb up to the saddle. The huckleberries would have been fantastic a few weeks ago, but they were mostly gone or shrivelled in late September.


We took a break at the saddle and I spent about ten painful minutes trying to twist my hiking poles into their full length. Only one out of four connections opened, leaving me flaunting half a pole.

As we made our way around the left of Gimli towards Mulvey Basin, we met a friend on the trail:

Oh hey there, Mr. Mountain Goat

We were hikers who stare at goats. We looked at each other and didn’t move. This carried on for a while, until finally we stepped down from the trail and started to edge forward. The goat stepped up higher, and we maintained a comfortable distance while passing each other.

Off he goes!

Then it was a matter of the short and stripy boulder scramble to the ridge:

Striped boulders beneath Gimli Peak

Mulvey Basin was glowing with fall colours. We stopped at the edge to sit in the sun and enjoy the views. I hopelessly continued trying to untwist my hiking poles.

Panorama over Mulvey Basin


The trip down went much faster. Me and my half pole managed to descend the talus slopes. We were back at the car within 6 hours, hiking at a moderate pace.

Half a hiking pole, onwards!
Looking down towards the campsite on Gimli Ridge
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elizabeth mulvey
elizabeth mulvey
1 year ago

Hi: I am interested in how the Mulvey name came to be? As I am a Mulvey (my husband’s name is Patrick, but, who died in 2017). He walked in many marathons and climbed the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Ireland and together we climbed in Switzerland. It was just ‘hiking’ nothing extraordinary. Thank you for any input. Betty Mulvey

Abby Wilson
1 year ago

I’m not sure where the Mulvey name came from – many of the watersheds here are named after early settlers in the region. The Kootenay Mountaineering Club has a history of recreation in Mulvey Basin, but it’s not clear how it was named.

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