Mount Loki

In Norse mythology, Loki is a deceptive trickster, causing trouble and strife among the realms of the gods. And Mount Loki is no different. With false summits, an intimidating profile, and a fierce ascent, Mount Loki challenges hikers to make it to the summit. The reward is top-of-the-world views of the Purcell Mountains and distant Kootenay Lake.


Trailhead: Portman Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 11.6km

Elevation: +1137m

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The Keyhole

Looking for a challenging day hike? The Keyhole trail climbs way up high to bring you through a hidden notch at the edge of the Kokanee Glacier. It’s a scenic route, but it’s also a bit of a sufferfest with boulders and scree and an endless ascent.


Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 12.4km

Elevation: +1133m

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Lightning Strike and Monk Peak

Stagleap Provincial Park is renowned for backcountry skiing, but there is also a summer trail that dips along Lightning Strike. Ridgeline hiking is always a good choice, and this trail doesn’t disappoint with panoramic views of the mountains around Kootenay Pass.


Trailhead: Bridal Lake, Stagleap Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 9.4km (Lightning Strike), 12km (including Monk Peak)

Elevation: +393m (Lightning Strike), +759m (including Monk Peak)

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Mt. Giegerich / Sapphire Lakes Loop

Just starting to venture off trail? Mt. Giegerich is a gentle giant with two easy ridge-lines, inviting you to walk on up! This loop follows the official Sapphire Lakes Trail, summits Giegerich, dips down to the Sapphire Lakes, and then returns to Kaslo Lake via the unofficial Commission Creek route. It’s a wonderful circuit for folks staying in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – offering a day hike that’s moderate yet adventurous.


Trailhead: Kalso Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Map: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Distance, Round Trip: 8.6km

Elevation: +490m

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Alps Alturas

There is something captivating about a hike called Alps Alturas. The very name evokes adventure and wonder, and the trail lives up to it! This hike climbs through forest and meadow, wrapping around shoulders and canyons to bring you up into the height of the mountains.


Trailhead: 27.6km up Hicks Creek FSR, from Highway 6

Distance, Round Trip: 9.6km

Elevation: +640m

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Whitewater Canyon

Local wisdom has it that Whitewater Canyon is the prime location for grizzly bear viewing across the valley slopes. We saw no bears. Regardless, Whitewater is a wonderful and challenging hike that brings you along the canyon edge to a high alpine pass surrounded by peaks and tarns.


Trailhead: 4.3km up Whitewater Creek FSR

Distance, Round Trip: 12.8km to Whitewater Pass, 14.4km to Whitewater Tarn

Elevation: +670m to Whitewater Pass, +820m to Whitewater Tarn

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