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Half Dome

For those that like a little more scramble, the Half Dome is a prominent landmark on Ymir Peak’s ridge with big panoramic views. The trail is still in development, so prepare for some route-finding as you pick your way along the ridge, using hands to scramble over the bluffs.

Summary
Trailhead: Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Distance, round trip: 8.8km
Elevation: +680m
Season: mid-July to late September
Difficulty:Difficult

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Larch Ridge Loop

Follow the mountain bike trails through the forest to a beautiful ridge with views over Trail and Rossland. Come in the summer for huckleberries or the fall for the golden larches.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 3B
Distance, round trip: 8.9 km
Elevation: +275 m
Season: mid May to late October
Difficulty:
Easy

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McDonald Creek Nature Loop

So you’re camping at McDonald Creek and need something to do? This nature walk is a simple trail through the forest, stopping at McDonald Creek and the remains of an old homestead.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 6
Distance, round trip: 3.2 km
Elevation: +25 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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John Fenger Memorial Loop

Come wander a beautiful old growth forest, full of ancient cedars and hemlocks. A quick old growth grove, in a remote part of the West Kootenay. If you find yourself camping at the north end of Kootenay Lake, this is a great option for rainy days or new hikers.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 31
Distance, round trip: 1 km
Elevation: +25 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Cedar Creek Loop

A forested trail near Ainsworth Hot Springs full of mining history. It’s a steep ascent, but views along the way and the visit to the historic Ainsworth Cemetery make it a worthwhile exploration.

Summary
Trailhead: Highway 31
Distance, round trip: 4.1 km
Elevation: +200 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Selkirk College Trails

A big trail network wraps around the Castlegar Campus at Selkirk College, offering riverside hiking and pleasant views.

Summary
Trailhead: Rosedale Road
Distance, round trip: 7.1 km
Elevation: +120 m
Season: mid March to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Montrose Antenna Trail Loop

The Montrose Antenna Trail offers scenic views of the Columbia River Valley with a nice climb up the slopes. Come for the fall colours or spring flowers – either way, this is an amazing shoulder season hike!

Summary
Trailhead: 12th St, Village of Montrose
Distance, round trip: 6.6 km
Elevation: +307 m
Season: early April to mid November
Difficulty: Moderate
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Cai Creek Route

The Cai Creek watershed leads through a beautiful stand of forest to the largest known Ponderosa Pine in British Columbia (Lieutenant Dan).

Summary
Trailhead:  Highway 3
Distance, round trip: 6.6 km
Elevation: +388 m
Season: early April to late November
Difficulty: Moderate
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Fraser Hill Viewpoint Trail

A pleasant walk up the forest to a series of viewpoints above Crawford Bay. The final reward is a big view of Kokanee Glacier through the trees!

Summary
Trailhead:  Peters Road
Distance, round trip: 4.2 km
Elevation: +228 m
Season: mid April to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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Rialto Waterfalls

This trail was built for mountain-bikers, but everyone will enjoy the smooth grade and scenic waterfalls. Hike up the woods to enjoy a series of waterfalls along Rialto Creek.

Summary
Trailhead:  Broadwater Road
Distance, round trip: 4.6 km
Elevation: +181 m
Season: mid March to late November
Difficulty: Easy
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