Trekked up to Old Glory with the Kootenay Mountaineering Club yesterday. Lots of wildflowers out along Unnecessary Ridge and the Seven Summits Trail, and just a few small patches of snow!
Do you think driving to the top of mountains is overrated? Do you really want to earn it? The Wakefield Trail gets you up to Idaho Peak using your own two feet. It’s a hard, steady climb that traces old mining routes to the top of Silver Ridge.
Trailhead: 4.6km up Silverton Creek FSR, then left and 3.9km up an unnamed dirt road
Distance, Round Trip: 14.2km (from trailhead)
Elevation: +1000m (from trailhead)
Skycastle (aka Lemon Lookout) is an old fire tower offering panoramic views of the Valhallas and Slocan Valley. This ain’t no Idaho Peak – you’ll have to march yourself up the long climb to the summit – but the scenery is nearly as spectacular!
Trailhead: Ponderosa FSR
Distance, Round Trip: 10km
Went back to Sproule Creek after work one evening for a rainy hike. The water is low right now, leading to some mini waterfalls among the creek bed. The final bridge is still out, but with the low water, it is possible to cross the creek and continue the last 1km to the Mill Site.
Hiked up to the Smallwood/Bigwood lookout last week! Beautiful views and clouds of mosquitoes at the top. Trail is snow-free with just a handful of deadfall along the route.
Ward’s Ferry Trail traces the Kootenay River and connects Blewett to Glade. A good chunk of it is scenic riverside hiking. A good chunk of it is also a long slog in the woods.
Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade)
Distance, One Way: 8km
Let’s be honest. There are many hikes that end in climatic viewpoints all up and down the Kootenay River valley. This is yet another one, and although the lookout offers a big view of Crescent Valley and Playmor Junction, the trail itself is underdeveloped and underwhelming.
Trailhead: Pass Creek Road
Distance, Round Trip: 6.4km
Elevation: + 330m