The following is a list of communities highlighting some of their trails.
Additionally, here’s some further links of interest:
Castlegar offers excellent recreation opportunities on both sides of the Columbia River. An extremely popular day ride is the Columbia and Western Trail, a portion of the TransCanada Trail. It’s an abandoned rail grade between Midway and Castlegar. This historic trail was originally built in 1897, so pack a lunch for this one, it’s a great trip. You’ll enjoy the scenic heritage. The Merry Creek Trails, just a few kilometres west of Castlegar on Highway #3, is where you can discover some of the area’s earliest history. And, if you like wildlife, you’ll love the Mel DeAnna Trail, just across the Kinnaird Bridge on the Castlegar/Salmo Highway. Dove Hill, Kinnaird Pipeline or the Brilliant Dam ride are other choice adventures.
Cranbrook’s community forest echo with the excited hoots of mountain bikers and trail walkers, eager for evening adventure close at hand as spring draws daylight into the evening hours. Rising out of uninspiring thickets of dense bush on it’s lower reaches, the area soon opens up to reveal grassy meadows surrounding the Alkali Lakes. Further into the forest, impressive stands of pine and larch and pockets of lush vegetation yield even more surprises for the traveller as they descend to Kettle Lake from the south. Cranbrook is also linked to Wardner in the East and Kimberley in the West via two multi-use rail trails, the North Star Rail Trail and the C2W Destination Trail, both part of the TransCanada Trail.
Creston Valley / Kootenay Lake East Shore
The Trails for Creston Valley Society and the East Shore Trail & Bike Assoc. offer a wonderful inventory of accessible walking, biking and hiking trails throughout the Creston Valley that connect communities and highlight the natural wonders of the area. The Creston Valley’s most popular hiking trail is Balancing Rock Trail – the trailhead is well marked and found just a short distance from Hwy #3 on W Creston Road. The hike reward is expansive views of Creston and area; a must-do for photographers and view-junkies. A visit to the Kootenay Lake shoreline is a treat in all seasons.
East Shore Trails
Just west of Radium Hot Springs, the Forster Creek Road provides a peaceful ride with gentle grades. The Lake Enid Trail is also an easy 2 kilometres (1 mi) around the lake’s edge, just west of Wilmer. For those of you with plenty of endurance, one kilometre before the Panorama Mountain Resort, on Toby Creek Road, the 11 kilometre (6 mi) steep road leaves the old mine trailing site, climbs over the alpine ridge to Bruce Creek and offers extensive views of both valleys. Panorama Mountain Resort also runs the Mile 1 high speed quad chairlift to shuttle mountain bikes up for 1,200 vertical feet of descent.
Dutch Creek Hoodoos at Fairmont Hot Springs
Westside Legacy Trail – between Invermere & Fairmont
Fernie offers a myriad of mountain biking opportunities from the Educational Forest offering leisurely trails with interpretive signage, to expert trails like Roots. Some popular rides in Fernie and surrounding Elk Valley include Cokato Road, The Coal Creek Heritage Trail, Fernie Alpine Resort, Roots and Roots Extensioin and the Ich Bin Sofa Trail. There’s trips and trails to suit every taste and ability!
Elk Valley Trail
There are trails for the novice to the matured mountain biker. From easy forestry and fire roads, abandoned railway spurs to old natural game trails that have been upgraded. Not to be missed is the Canyon Creek Trail. The latter portion of this 30 kilometre (19 mi) return loop from downtown takes place a few metres from the edge of a spectacular 500 foot (152 m) canyon. It’s a trail for those who like to explore heights. The route includes some climbs, some scenic flat roads and the occasional single track technical riding. Other popular biking areas include Moonraker Trail System, Dawn Mountain cross-country ski trails, Mount 7 and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
The village of Kaslo offers a network of trails such as the MacBeth Icefield Trail. Access into this remote icefield involves climbing 640 m (2,100 ft) from the end of the spur road off the Glacier Road. Allow 6 hours to cover the moderate 12 km (7.5 mi) return trail that takes you through the valley bottom before a steep climb to the foot of the icefield. Buchanan Lookout, Kaslo River Trail and Fletcher Falls are popular hiking options for the Kaslo area.
The Kimberley Nature Park is a great place to hike, bike and ski. The trails are a mix of old logging and mining roads, and hand-built footpaths, located entirely within the city boundaries. The several dozen kilometres of multi-use trails, criss-cross the forested hillsides, linking small ponds and panoramic viewpoints into a unique soft-wilderness experience for residents and visitors alike. Some suggested trails include Duck Pond Loop, Pat Morrow Trail Loop, Myrtle Mountain Traverse and South Side Loop.
The Nakusp Trail Society manages 8 trails for every level of fitness and interest. Most are for hiking only, but some are also great for mountain biking, horseback riding and motorized use. All trails are near an active road or can easily be reached by logging roads which often take you close to the subalpine. The Hot Springs Trail (8.5 km / 5 mi) meanders alongside the Kuskanax Creek following the pioneers’ original packhorse route of 1912. This trail and footbridge offer an alternate route from the village to the hot springs.
Click here for information and brochure download option for these trails: Cedar Grove, Kimbol Lake, Kuskanax Mountain, Kuskanax / Hot Springs and Wensley Creek Trail.
Revelstoke is known as one of the top 10 adventure spots in North America. It offers world-class hiking and mountain biking recreation from fun runs on cross-country ski trails to challenging single track rides to spectacular falls. Mount Revelstoke National Park offers perfect opportunity to explore the Columbia Mountains from short, valley-bottom strolls to steep touch climbs. The Revelstoke Dam Trail via Western Access Road will provide you with beautiful mountain views of the dam, a peaceful cycle and Lake Revelstoke at the end. The Martha Creek Trail is a fun downhill trail and can be accessed by climbing the Sale Mountain Fire Road, located 2 kilometres (1 mi) past Martha Creek Campground. The list of hiking trails goes on and on, and maps are available at the Revelstoke Chamber.
The Silvery Slocan area – New Denver, Sandon, Slocan Lake is an area of deep glacial lakes separated by towering mountains, dense forests and wilderness parks. The mining history has left this area with a legacy of historic towns, old mines and railway grades with endless opportunities to explore on foot or by bike. The Galena Trail is a 13 kilometre (8 mi) park running from Rosebery Provincial Park to Three Forks. A perfect outing for the whole family; it includes bridges, trail signage and a cable car ride over Carpenter Creek. Another favourite is the Kaslo & Slocan Railway Loop. An approximate 13 km ride for intermediates and experts. The first section is a straight, level road and then a single track begins with plenty of ups and downs.
Hiking in the Slocan Valley
Idaho Peak Trail
Slocan Valley Rail Trail
Please note: A section of the Galena Trail has been closed due to a slide as of April 24, 2019 – check the link above for updates.
Kootenay Rockies communities, BC