Top 10 Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

Top 10 Summit Hikes in the Kootenays

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Story by Ryan Flett.

There’s a certain feeling that you get from summiting a peak. Whether it’s a quick stroll to gain a 360° view or a physical feat of stamina that will wipe you out for days afterwards (your poor calves), summiting a peak is always a thrilling experience.

You feel like you have done something significant when you take those last few steps and you can’t go any further; no higher place can be reached. It stirs something deep inside people like nothing experienced before. Some say it is the reward of an uninhibited view. Others say it is the feeling of conquering nature. I like to think that it’s about finishing a challenge that is presented, regardless of how much crazy vertical it will take to get to the top. As the old saying says; it’s about the journey, not the destination. Now, get out there and climb some of the top peaks in the Kootenays.

#1 - Idaho Peak

The hike to Idaho Peak can be done easily and is a must do for anyone visiting Slocan Lake in the West Kootenays.

Photo by Ryan Flett - Idaho Peak in the Selkirk Mountains

#2 -  Mt Begbie

This hike is a rite of passage in Revelstoke. Views are limited on the way up but you will be rewarded when you reach the top.

The approach to Mt. Begbie, in Revelstoke, BC

#3 - Mt Burgess

This standalone peak rises over the iconic Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. Treat yourself to a stay in the iconic Emerald Lake Lodge to recount your feat.

#4 - Old Glory

The mountain that dominates all others in the Rossland region used to have a house on top that functioned as a weather station.

Photo by Ryan Flett, Old Glory above Rossland, BC

#5 -  Mt. Carlyle

The land around Carlyle was famous for silver mining back in the late 1800’s and you will still find old mining equipment to this day on this steep, scrambling hike.

Photo by Ryan Flett, atop of Mt. Carlyle near Kaslo, BC (in the Selkirks)

#6 - Pigeon Spire

One of the most iconic peaks in Canada resides within the stunning Bugaboos Provincial Park. You can hike to its base but you’ll need climbing gear a whole lot of courage to reach the top.

Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboo Provincial Park (northwest of Radium Hot Springs, BC)

#7 -  Three Sisters

This hike in Fernie has it all; easy walking through cedar forests, alpine meadows and views from the peak that will make you want to keep exploring.

#8  - Mt. Loki

One of the most accessible high peaks in the West Kootenays (near Kaslo). This one will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

Amazing views of the valley from Mt. Loki near Kaslo, BC (in the Purcells)

#9 -  Mt. Fisher

Fisher peak dominates the skyline above Cranbrook. At 2,886m, this 1,400m vertical hike isn’t for the faint at heart.

Fisher Peak in the Canadian Rockies, near the communities of Cranbrook & Kimberley, BC

#10 -  Pulpit Rock

Across the lake from Nelson is this quick grind of a hike that affords an excellent view of the town. Not enough? Continue up to the Flagpole to get an even higher view.


Ryan Flett - is  a local photographer from Nelson, BC. Ryan started skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort at a young age and knew that his obsession with the outdoors would guide him.  He sought a career where he could experience the world around him and capture its beauty. He's chased skiers down powder runs in the Kootenays, experienced the culture wonders of South America, sailed the majestic BC coast and travelled east to west in Canada.  And continues experiencing as much as he can, with his camera in tow. 

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