Turquoise lakes, mirrored pools, and circles of peaks all around! The hike to Gwillim Lakes goes from ‘impressive’ to ‘fantastically incredible’ and doesn’t stop there!
Trailhead: Hoder Creek Road
Map:Valhalla Provincial Park
Distance, Round Trip: 12km
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.
This easy hike offers extreme scenery along the blue vista of Kootenay Lake. With access to multiple beaches of smooth pebbles and clear water, Pilot Peninsula is a choice day hike!
Map: Pilot Bay Provincial Park (note: the trail goes beyond park boundaries)
Trailhead: Pilot Bay Road, close to the Kootenay Bay ferry landing
Distance, round trip: 12.8km
There was no question. Our first hike in the West Kootenay was going to be the Nelson classic: Pulpit Rock. With epic views of the city and a trailhead just across the lake, it was the obvious choice for a sunny weekend morning.
Map: Pulpit Rock Trail Network
Trailhead: Johnstone Road, Nelson
Distance, Round Trip: 3.6km to Pulpit Rock, 2.2km extra to Flagpole and back
Elevation: +338m to Pulpit Rock, +317m beyond to Flagpole