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Hiking with the family up to Vicky's View near Nakusp, BC in Arrow Slocan.

Top Family Friendly Hikes in Arrow Slocan

Arrow Slocan is a hikers paradise, even for those with small adventurers in tow. Read on to find a hike the whole family will enjoy.

Views are one of best rewards hiking offers. When exploring around Nakusp and Arrow Lakes, hikes reveal views of not only Arrow Lakes, but also the surrounding Selkirk and Monashee Ranges. Slocan Valley hikes let wanders find special spots along Slocan Lake and River, as well as views west into the Valhalla and Slocan Ranges, east into the Purcell Mountains, and north-east into the Goat Range.

The whole region has a collection of stunning off-highway viewpoints, easy to access outdoor recreation and historical locations. Choosing where to go is the biggest challenge! For more ideas on where to stop, see the Arrow Slocan road trip itineraries.

Looking for more ideas? Find info on regional hikes to explore through this website’s ‘trip planning’ section.

Here are the top places to stop for a hike or a walk when on your next family visit:

1. Best Paved Walkway

The waterfront walkway of Nakusp is a level, paved pathway that winds through a beautiful Japanese Garden and past the Nakusp Public Marina. With benches, shade trees and swimming area, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy Arrow Lakes and mountain views.

Even if you aren't up for a hike, visitors can enjoy the Nakusp Walkway which is an enjoyable paved lakefront pathway close to the downtown.
Nakusp Walkway is an enjoyable paved lakefront pathway close to the downtown.

2. Shortest Hike with a View

Vicky’s View is an easy to access and spectacular viewpoint close to town. Vicky’s View is reached via the Kuskanax Mountain Road. A short hike through the forest is rewarded with awesome views of Nakusp, Monashee and Valhalla Ranges, as well as Upper Arrow lake.

A short hike takes you to Vicky's View  that includes a veiw Nakusp and surrounding area.
The view of Nakusp and surrounding area from Vicky’s View.

3. Easiest to Find Old Growth Trees

Cedar Grove Trail is a gentle half kilometer loop through a stand of majestic old growth Western Red Cedar trees. The hike is conveniently located just past the Nakusp Hot Springs – take a dip and a stroll all in one day.

4. Most Impressive Trail Architecture

Kimbol Lake Trail crosses the impressive, covered Kuskanax Creek wooden footbridge just a short hike from the trail start near Nakusp Hot Springs. The trail continues through cedar and hemlock forests along the southern slope of the Kuskanax Creek valley to the sub alpine lake. The easy/moderate hike is 4 km in each direction. Since this is an out and back hike, choose your distance by turning around at any time.

The Kuskanax Creek footbridge is a very short hike from Nakusp Hot Springs.
The Kuskanax Creek footbridge at Nakusp Hot Springs.

5. Shortest Walk after a Swim

Box Lake Trail is an easy 1.3 km loop that provides a gentle hike through a second growth cedar and hemlock forest. Cool off with a swim at the Box Lake beach near the campsite.

6. Best Heritage Trail

The Galena Trail is a 13 km section of old CPR rail line that runs from Rosebery to Three Forks. It makes for an excellent hike or mountain bike ride. Carpenter Creek can be crossed at the old Alamo mine site by a small cable car. (The cable car is currently under repair – estimated date of completion is spring 2022)

7. Best River Views & Swimming Spots

Slocan Valley Rail Trail is part of the former CPR line, this trail extends over 45 km from Slocan City in the north, all the way down the Slocan Valley. This is non-motorized trail is commonly used for hiking or biking with multiple trailheads for access along the way.

A cyclist on Slocan Valley Rail trail near Winlaw, BC.
A cyclist on Slocan Valley Rail trail near Winlaw, BC.

8. Easiest to Access Backcountry Hike

Wilson Creek Falls is an easy 2.4 km round trip hike that is reached after a 11.5 km drive 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. The access road is typically passable with most vehicles aside from the last Km. However, road and trail conditions change. Be prepared and research conditions before you leave. There is no cell coverage in this area.

A shoirt hike is rewarded by the view of Wilson Creek falls.
After a short hike, a visitor enjoys Wilson Creek Falls near Rosebery, BC.

Looking for a guided experience?

Alpenglow Mountain Escapes can get you out with a profession guide – hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. OR (250) 265-1449

Book a summer lodge trip at Valhalla Mountain Touring or Valkyr Adventures.
From curated guided and catered adventures, climbing excursions, yoga retreats, family trips, women’s specific hiking or running retreats to lodge rental with or without guiding and catering – these operators have it all.