Discover Waterfront Walkways & Alpine Switchbacks
The region is a hiker’s paradise, with excursions for families to unstoppable backcountry adventurers. Find mellow strolls on valley bottom rail trails, scenic views on waterfront paths, multi-day hikes or high alpine backcountry expeditions. There are hikes to suit any level of adventure.
Hot Springs Trail – This easy/moderate 8.5 km trail meanders along the Kuskanax Creek from just outside of Nakusp, up the valley to the Nakusp Hot Springs. The trail crosses the impressive, covered Kuskanax Creek foot bridge just a short walk from the hot springs.
Vicky’s View – An accessible and spectacular viewpoint close to town. Vicky’s View is reached via the Kuskanax Mountain Road. A short walk through the forest is rewarded with awesome views of Nakusp, Monashee and Valhalla Ranges, as well as Upper Arrow lake.
Kuskanax Mountain Trail – This hike to a summit offers spectacular 360° views of the surrounding mountain ranges. There are two options to the summit, one moderate (2.4km) and one challenging (4.4km).
Cedar Grove Trail – A gentle half kilometer loop through a stand of majestic old growth Western Red Cedar trees.
Kimbol Lake Trail – Cross the impressive, covered Kuskanax Creek wooden footbridge just a short walk from the hot springs and continue through cedar and hemlock forests along the southern slope of the Kuskanax Creek valley to the sub alpine lake. The easy/moderate trail is 4km each direction.
Box Lake Trail – The easy 1.3km loop provides a gentle walk through a second growth cedar/hemlock forest typical of most valleys in this area.
Saddle Mountain Trail – The moderate trail ascends 5.3 km to a rocky knob on Saddle Mountain that sits above the tree line. The peak was chosen as a Forest Service fire lookout because of the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Nakusp & Slocan Rail Trail – Follow the old rail line 46 km from the Village of Nakusp to Summit Lake.
Idaho Peak – This trail is a favourite in July and August because of the spectacular alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers. From the parking lot it is a 2 km hike to the summit. The 12 km road to the parking lot is currently washed out and a repair date is unknown. To access the trail, hike up the 8.6 km Wakefield trail that starts at 4 Mile Creek Rd near Silverton.
Galena Trail – The Galena Trail is a 13 km section of old CPR rail line that runs from Rosebery to Three Forks. It makes for excellent hiking and mountain biking. Carpenter Creek can be crossed at the old Alamo mine site by a small cable car.
Old Sandon Road Trail – The historic trail runs along the south side of the Carpenter Creek eventually meeting Galena Trail in Three Forks. From here, connection to the K&S Rail Trail will take hikers to Sandon and beyond
Slocan Valley Rail Trail – Part of the former CPR line, this trail extends over 45 km from Slocan in the north, all the way down the Slocan Valley. This is a family friendly trail for hiking or biking multiple trailheads for access along the way.
Evans Beach – The moderate 8 km out and back trail follows Slocan Lake to offer beautiful views and a multitude of swimming spots, ending at the roaring Evans Creek. This trail is exceptionally slippery when wet. Please respect Private Property at Pebble Beach.
Beatrice Lake – From Evans beach on Slocan Lake, the trail continues inland within Valhalla Provincial Park through forest, wetlands and past a chain of smaller lakes. There are several backcountry campgrounds along the way at Emerald and Cahill Lake until the trail finally ends at distant Beatrice Lake. This challenging hike is 12 km to Cahill Lake and 18 km to Beatrice.
Drinnon Pass/Gwillim Lakes/Gimli Ridge – There are numerous spectacular day hikes or backpacking trips in Valhalla Provincial Park. No shortage of lakes, tarns, wildflowers and magnificent peaks. Campsites give several options for overnighting. Be sure to get more details from BC Parks before setting out for these alpine adventures.
Wilson Creek Falls – The easy 2.4 km round trip trail is reached 11.5 km up the East Wilson Creek FSR near Rosebery. Located in Goat Range Provincial Park, Wilson Creek Falls plunges 63 meters down into a rocky canyon.