Bear Safety for Hikers

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?

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Smallwood Bigwood Trails

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.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Smallwood Creek FSR

Distance, round trip: 5km

Elevation: +509m

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

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!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: West Creston Road

Map: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Distance: 1km -10km

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Morning Mountain Bike Trails

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 spectacular views of Kokanee and the Valhalla Mountains.

SUMMARY

Map: Trailforks or the Nelson Cycling Club Trail Map Book

Trailhead: Blewett Ski Hill Road

Distance, Round Trip: 9km

Elevation: +544m

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