Every trail has a number of gems to discover!
With trail access into completely different mountain ranges (Selkirk and Purcell), there is a variety of terrain and ecosystems to explore. There are numerous impressive trails in protected wilderness areas, like Valhalla, Kokanee Glacier and Goat Provincial Parks as well as remote trails on crown land. Some trails are better suited to depart from Nelson, while others are easier access from Kaslo or New Denver. Access by vehicle varies in terms of road maintenance; some may require a high clearance vehicle. We have categorized the trails to suit easy, moderate and advanced hikers. Here are some of our favourite hiking trails.
Enjoy the spaciousness of spectular mountain views or walk into the depth of an old growth forest. Find your own pace, walk your speed and appreciate the ease of guided trail walking in the West Kootenays. Ideal for kids, families or those not familiar with hiking. Walk with the timing that suits your body
Enjoy lasting alpine impressions at a moderate pace, hike for 4-6 hours and depending on the location and season, learn the unique stories linking plant to animal and elevation to critter. Ascend slowly and realize how easy it is to summit and explore ridges while you enjoy the flora of alpine meadows.
Advanced Hikes & Treks
Enjoy an 8-10 hour day in the high alpine hiking remote and advanced high-elevation guided hikes on established and at times very rugged trails in the West Kootenays. Walk on ridges or in alpine meadows, while soaking in unending mountain views. Discover the signs of wildlife and unique flowers that exist in the high alpine zone. See how your body adapts to walking on or off the trail.