Fry Creek Canyon

The Fry Creek Canyon Trail has suffered from recent mudslides along the canyon wall, significantly shortening the route during spring run-off. But it’s still a worthwhile destination if you’re already visiting the north end of Kootenay Lake!

Summary
Trailhead: Houston Road, Johnson’s Landing
Distance, round trip: 10.9km
Elevation: +370m
Difficulty: Easy
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Davis Creek Trail

Tighten your hiking boots and prepare for an incredibly steep trail that ascends to a panoramic overlook of Kootenay Lake. Head further up the trail to explore an old growth cedar forest and reach Fishhook Lake.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 31
Distance, round trip: 8.8km
Elevation: +700m
Difficulty: Difficult
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Kokanee Creek Loop

A pleasant loop of trails that weaves along the forests and beaches of Kokanee Creek Provincial Park! This is a great early-season hike at low elevation, or come back in late August to see the spawning kokanee.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 3B
Distance, round trip: 4.8km
Elevation: +122m
Difficulty:  Easy
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Fletcher Falls

Just outside of Kaslo, Fletcher Creek drops into an impressive waterfall as it flows into Kootenay Lake. It’s a quick, scenic hike down to the falls, and Fletcher Creek also offers a picnic area and backcountry camping.

Summary
Trailhead: Fletcher Creek Frontage Rd
Distance, round trip: 1.1km
Elevation: +50m
Difficulty:  Easy

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Smuggler’s Ridge & The Pyramid

If you’re staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, Smuggler’s Ridge is a short day hike that wanders high above the park to look down on the glacier and surrounding landmarks.

Summary
Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier FSR
Distance, round trip: 6.46km
Elevation: +601m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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Lyle Lakes & Mount Brennan

Cradled beneath Mount Brennan’s flanks are three subalpine lakes, glowing mineral-blue and suspended between braided waterfalls. The Lyle Lakes are a beautiful destination! And the trail beyond to Mount Brennan’s 2900m summit offers a challenging hike with staggering views.

Summary
Trailhead: Rossiter Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 10km (Lyle Lakes), 17km (Mt Brennan)
Elevation: +710m (Lyle Lakes), +1574m (Mt Brennan)
Difficulty:  Difficult (Lyle Lakes),  Challenging (Mt Brennan)

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The Keyhole

Looking for a challenging day hike? The Keyhole trail climbs way up high to bring you through a hidden notch at the edge of the Kokanee Glacier. It’s a scenic route, but it’s also a bit of a sufferfest with boulders and scree and an endless ascent.

Summary
Trailhead: Bannock Burn Road
Distance, round trip: 12.4km
Elevation: +1133m
Difficulty:  Challenging

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Mt. Giegerich / Sapphire Lakes Loop

Just starting to venture off trail? Mt. Giegerich is a gentle giant with two easy ridge-lines, inviting you to walk on up! This loop follows the official Sapphire Lakes Trail, summits Giegerich, dips down to the Sapphire Lakes, and then returns to Kaslo Lake via the unofficial Commission Creek route. It’s a wonderful circuit for folks staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – offering a day hike that’s moderate yet adventurous.

Summary
Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Distance, round trip: 8.6km
Elevation: +490m
Difficulty:  Moderate

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