Paint Pots is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near East Kootenay, BC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until September.
Absolutely amazing! Such a short little hike but totally worth it.
The paint pots and ochre fields are the highlights of this hike. However, when placed into context with some of the other sights available on Highway 93, the paint pots are more of a side show than a main event. At the ochre fields leading up to the paint pots, there are interesting historical markers notating the use of the ochre by First Nations peoples, and the remnants of commercial mining of ochre prior to the foundation of Kootenay national park. The paint pots themselves are interesting geological formations, displaying a vibrance of mineral colors not often seen elsewhere in the Rockies.
One very important factor to note for anyone visiting in 2013 is that recent flooding has washed out the bridge that leads from the paint pots parking lot to the paint pots site. Access is limited to a trail-head leading from marble canyon, and the one way distance is approximately 3.3km (or 2.05 miles), not the 1.3 miles as indicated.