Explore the most popular walking trails near Central Kootenay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Solid hike, the lakes are beautiful, but this seems to be a really buggy area and views were blocked partially by smoke, both of which contributed to 3 star rating.

CHECK THE STATUS OF THE FOREST FIRE BEFORE GOING

on Gwillim Lakes

hiking
16 days ago

Did this last weekend. As a new hiker I found it tough, but it left me wanting more! Bring bug spray! Lots of hungry mosquitos. Road up was fine, just the last couple of km were pretty rough. See excellent description by BK Kennedy.

hiking
18 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! We really enjoyed it, and the views were just stunning. Was a pretty gradual hike and easy to follow trail following the inuksuk’s through the scree. The hike itself took about 4.5 hours with a lunch break. The road was in decent condition for most of the drive but the last couple KM were really tough with potholes, sinkholes and encroaching brush, some maintenance is definitely needed.

It was amazing enjoyed the hot springs when I was down there this month

hiking
21 days ago

I would say an easy start...moderate hike with some very steep areas....be sure of your feet....rolled on rocks a few times... beautiful view once you’re at the top!

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike in a beautiful park. It can be completed in five hours if you have lunch at the top. Plan to spend a little more time and enjoy it.

You're able to drive to the parking lot without issue at this time.

A fair bit of elevation gain but worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

While I personally probably wouldn’t rate this hike as ‘easy’, it sure was beautiful. The trail was steep, but very well maintained, and the view at the top makes the climb worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a lot of vertical hiking. well populated with locals , beautiful view. Make sure your shoes are tied up tight .

Great climb.... not necessarily “easy” ... Amazing view of Nelson! Busy hike!

Excellent trail. A few people on it, lots of mosquitoes - bring spray/essential oils.

Awesome hike! Steady climb. Great trail

2 months ago

was able to 4x4 up to about 1km from the parkinglot, then stopped for snow & road erosion. Hiked about 1km up the trail(?) then just explored around the boulder field & trekked out. must go back in warmer season!

A great hike! beaitiful views along the way and stellar views up top! Lots of people and dogs. Nice clean Trail. Up up up!

2 months ago

Attempted today but couldn't quite make it to drinnion lake. Lots of snow on the road, trail is under 2-6ft of snow. Will try again in a few weeks!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolute hidden gem - breathtaking throughout and rewarded with a fantastic lake. More trails from the campsite at the lakes leading higher up. Went last August and saw the park rangers working on some new outhouses! Highly highly recommended.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was awesome! A booty burner for sure! Beautiful views, well maintained and dog friendly!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is an absolute must if you are in Nelson for more than one day. The first time up always kicks your ass but the views are worth it and everyone is super friendly. It will likely become a tradition for future trips to Nelson.

hiking
9 months ago

Was not too hard, great view!

hiking
9 months ago

Highly recommend this hike for a killer view looking across Kootenay Lake towards Nelson, especially during September and October when the trees are changing colour. If you have the extra time, then continue further to the flag pole!

beautiful and moderate hike with few amazing look outs and fairy tale lakes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beautiful trail. Great for people who don't mind a steady climb. Lots of little critters and beautiful flowers on the way to the final destination. Lake was freezing but worth a quick dip. Will do again!

great trail but still snow on top, great old growth cedar trail syop on way back

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Did this hike in the evening to go up and watch the fireworks in Canada day. Hiked down in the dark. Overall it was somewhat difficult but amazing views

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I am out of shape, so this trail was quite challenging. probably a mile of hiking up, up, up. The view at the top was worth it though. This trail would probably take most people about an hour to hike up and half an hour to get down. I took about 1.5 hours hiking up and half an hour to get down.

camping
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Great family camping spot. Clean, quiet, scenic. Not worth bringing your bikes to as there is only biking around the camp loops. Instead, plan for water fun such as a canoe, kayak, or dingy to enjoy on the lakes. Clean, clear water for swimming at two beaches on the 3rd lake.

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Easy family friendly loops around the lakes.

hiking
Thursday, February 06, 2014

This is a delightful, mostly flat, multiple loop trail that circles the three Champion Lakes. There is also a great swim beach. The best map of the trail is on a board at the swim beach, go there first to get your directions. Lots of mosquitoes in June, July, bring repellent. This is a whole family, well maintained trail. There is also a short, steep trail up to a lookout spot, probably not really worthwhile except to get aerobic. Bring your swimsuit for a nice swim after hiking around. The road is paved all the way to the lakes.

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