Crash. Crack. We looked ahead and saw something moving in the woods, running off to the side. A bear. Small, light brown, round ears, gone. Silence.
We waited and a thousand questions churned in my mind. It looked like a small bear… was it a young bear? Was the mother nearby? It was light brown… a grizzly? It ran to the side, in the same direction the trail was now heading. Do we proceed?
Today we hiked back up the Morning Mountain trails to enjoy the beautiful scenery and check out some spots we missed the first time.
View looking back on the Plewman Trail
Today we tried to hike up Old Glory Mountain via the Plewman Trail. There was still a lot of snow on the trail, and when when got up to Unnecessary Ridge the view was socked in with cold mist blowing all around us. We turned back and hope to try again on a better day.
Do you think the destination is more important than the journey? The Smallwood and Bigwood trails near Beasley are a slog in the woods with an outstanding climatic view! From the top, you can look up and down the Kootenay River Valley to see Nelson and South Slocan. And looking across, you’ll see several prominent mountain peaks in the Bonnington Range.
Trailhead: Smallwood Creek FSR
Distance, round trip: 5km
Songbirds, snakes, ducks, dragonflies! The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area offers easy walking on a network of trails around the Corn Creek Wetlands. With boardwalks, bridges, bird towers, and the Wildlife Center, there is plenty to do! Bring your binoculars – the bird watching is excellent!
Trailhead: West Creston Road
Map: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
Distance: 1km -10km
The old growth trail up Kokanee Creek is a short and spectacular hike. The cedars are ancient and massive, reaching up towards the sky and back across the centuries.
Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road
Distance, Round Trip: 2.4km
Less than ten minutes from Nelson, the network of trails at Morning Mountain is fantastic hiking! The trails wind at a comfortable climb and will take you through dark cedar forests, across wildflower meadows, and up to distant views of Kokanee and the Valhalla Mountains.
Map: Trailforks or the Nelson Cycling Club Trail Map Book
Trailhead: Blewett Ski Hill Road
Distance, Round Trip: 9km
Today we hiked up to the hidden gem known as Sky Castle. Sky Castle is a look-out tower perched upon a small mountain with panoramic views of Slocan Valley, Lemon Creek drainage, and the mighty Valhalla mountains.