Invermere's Recreation Trails
Blue Lake - # 1
A network of multi-use, all season trails on Crown land for public
use; maintained by the Blue Lake Forest Education Society.
Dutch Creek - # 2 -
A long, heavily used horse trail into the Purcell Wilderness
Earl Grey Pass Trail - # 3 - 61km
A horse and hiking rail to Earl Grey Pass; then a rough hiking trail
with cable car crossings of Hamill Creek from Earl Grey Pass to Argenta;
contact BC Provincial Parks for more information.
Pass - # 4 - 5.2 km
A moderately steep trail for 2.6km, then a blaze
route through subalpine larch meadows to the pass; Jumbo Pass Cabin
500m north of the pass; trailhead at 15.8km on Jumbo Creek Road;
Coppercrown Creek - # 5 - 6km
A little used, steep trail to an abandoned mine in the subalpine.
Mineral Creek Trail - # 6 - 6km
A trail alongside Mineral Creek to its headwaters.
Brewer Creek Trail - # 7 - 5km
A trail to Mineral / Brewer Pass; connections to Mineral and Hopeful
Creek trails; trailhead at Brewer Creek road end
Hopeful Creek Trail - # 8 - 5km
A horse trail to the pass east of Mt. Brewer with a south east branch
to Mt. Goldie; trailhead at Panorama Resort's west end.
Tanyton Creek Trail - # 9 - 8km
A small, pleasant , treed, day use area; dock; electric motors only;
adjacent to a paved road.
Castlerock Trail - # 10 - 6km
A steep trail with 27 switchbacks to Castle Rock; good Columbia
Valley views; popular for spring and fall hiking; trail starts west of
Panorama X-Country Ski
Trails - # 11 - 20km
A popular network of trackset trails; starts at Panorama Resort; fee
Mt. Nelson - # 12 - 6km
A steep, poorly marked mountaineering trail leading to the upper
shoulder of Mt. Nelson; trailhead at km 1.8 on Delphine Road.
Starbird Glacier - # 13 - 6km
A difficult, un-maintained trail / route to the terminus of the
Starbird Glacier; for experienced backcountry users; rout starts before
the second bridge on the Lake-of-the-Hanging Glacier Trail.
of the Hanging Glacier - # 14 - 8 km
A very popular trail to an impressive glacier fed
lake; trailhead at road end (50km); campsite 800m north of lake;
Stockdale Creek - # 15 - 16km
A difficult, indistinct, brushed in trail for experienced backcountry
users; trailhead is reached by fording Horsethief Creek at the Stockdale
Creek Recreation Site.
Welsh Lake - # 16 - 6km
A popular, fairly steep trail to a scenic lake and alpine routes;
trailhead access off km 36 on the Forster Road; brochure available.
Thunderwater - Whirlpool
Lake - # 17 - 6km
A poorly defined trail which accesses the Catamount Glacier / Olive
Hut; west route continues to alpine lakes; trailhead at road end (km
McLean Lake - # 18 - 4.5km
A brushed in road, on the south side of Frances Creek (not passable,
1.5 km) leads to trailhead; trail follows an old mining road for 2.7 km;
then a short, steep trail leads to a scenic lake; brochure available.
Septet Pass - # 19 - 6.2km
A brushed in road, on the south side of Frances Creek (not passable,
1.5 km) leads to the trailhead; trail crosses the north side of creek
and follows an old road for 2.8 km; then switchbacks steeply into alpine
meadows and the pass; ridges and tarns near the pass; brochure
Tiger Pass - # 20 - 2km
A route over moderate scree to the pass, then a descent over a small
glacier to a sub-alpine larch / alpine lake basin; glacier travel
required; to access trailhead, follow Frances Creek Road to km 15.8 ,
then follow a steep, high clearance road for 5 km to tree line.
For experienced hikers only.
Rocky Point Creek - # 21 - 6km
A skid road and rehabilitated trail off of km 29.5 leads to alpine
basins and extensive views of the Bugaboos from Grizzly Ridge.
Avalanche hazards, ATV's prohibited.
Silver Basin Trail - # 22 - 2km
A steep, poorly marked trail leading to an alpine basin; trail starts
from a deactivated road west of the lodge.
Creek - # 23 - 6 km
A gradual ascent, paralleling the creek, then
climbing easterly to rolling alpine ridges above Septet Pass; great
views of e Bugaboos; brochure available.
Templeton Lake - # 24 - 6km
An old road becomes a rocky route to an impressive cirque glacier and
lake; limited camping; brochure available. Park beyond west
switchback above trailhead.
Slide Lake - # 25 - 2km
An easy walking trail to Slide Lake.
Lower Bugaboo Falls - # 26 - 2km
A thirty minute hike to spectacular 25m waterfall with a
hole-in-wall-spout; use caution when viewing.
Chrystalline Creek - # 27 - 8.5km
An old trail which fades to upper valley routes; for experienced
Pass - # 28 - 4.5 km
A short, moderately steep trail with panoramic views from the pass;
trailhead in upper cutblock at 58.5km.
Cariboo Creek Alplands - #
29 - 2km
An un-maintained, rough trail which climbs steeply to attractive
alpine tarns and basins.
Bald Mountain - # 30 - 12.5mk
An easy gradient trail paralleling the upper Spillimacheen River;
ascends to extensive alpine meadows and panoramic views of the Purcell
and Selkirk Mountains.
Lake Trail - # 31 - 6 km
A very popular trail to a scenic subalpine larch/alpine meadow basin;
camping; respect private cabin; trailhead at road end (24km); brochure
Mitchell River - # 32 - 12km
A horse trail to Assiniboine Provincial Park; numerous fords;
trailhead at road end, north of Baymag Mine.
Marvel Pass - # 33 - 9km
A popular, gentle gradient trail to scenic alpine meadows; links with
Banff / Assiniboine Provincial Park trails; trail indistinct above upper
Whiteman Pass - # 34 - 5.5km
A pleasant and scenic trail connecting with Banff National Park
trails; trailhead on north side of creek, adjacent to cut block.
Leman Lake - # 35 - 1km
A short trail into Banff National Park; if fishing, a Parks Canada
fishing license is required; from road end (km 65) walk 4 km on an old
road to trailhead.
Ralph Lake - # 36 - 4.2km
A steep trail to a scenic alpine lake; horse use prohibited; access
from km 57 on the Albert River Road.
Natural Bridge Trails - # 37 - 12 km
Four groomed ski loops of varying lengths and
difficulties; warming hut; summer hiking (2.8km) to Cross River
Natural Bridge and canyon; mountain biking circuit; brochure
Mount Swansea Slopes - # 38 -
A very steep loop trail, with continuous valley views; reaches the
peak via west slopes or south ridge routes; challenging spring and fall
hiking; trailhead just above Windermere Loop Road and mine road.
Pedley Pass - # 39 - 2km
Quick access to scenic alpine ridge walking from a high elevation
trailhead; connections to Pedley and Mary Anne Creek trails.
Access via an industrial road available on weekends and holidays only;
high clearance 2WD vehicles required.
Queen Mary Lake - # 40 - 12km
A well-defined horse trail with nine creek crossings; provides access
to Height of the Rockies Provincial Park; best after mid July due to
Middle Fork White River - # 41 -
A trail with two fords, through valley bottom forest / meadows
leading to Sylvan Pass; trailhead at Maiyuk Creek campsite.
Graves Lookout - # 42 - 3km
A well defined trail to an active BC Forest Service lookout; to reach
trailhead, turn off Middle White Road at km 48.8, then follow a high
clearance road for 2 km.
Gibraltar Lookout - # 43 - 3km
A steep trail to an active BC Forest Service lookout with superb
views of the Kootenay and White river Valleys. Switchback road
Ptarmigan Lake - # 44 - 6km
Hike (or mountain bike ) road before entering mature forest; final 2
km is a steep trail to the lake; Park off km 6 on the Moscow Creek Road.
Saddleback Trail - # 45 - 8km
A moderately steep un-maintained trail to ridge above Premier Lake;
superb views of the Kootenay Valley; trail starts in Premier Lake
Mount Stevens - # 46 - 14.2km
To reach the trail, travel 5 km of abandoned road along Nichol Creek
(two fords); a 4.2 km trail leads to the headwaters of Diorite Creek and
Stevens Pass; trail then descends for 5 km to the Lewis Creek trailhead.