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

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hiking
15 hours ago

Amazing hike with several waterfalls and panoramic views. We crossed the falls and looped back down to Laughing Falls. My Strava app said it was 14.2 miles total. Very steep going up and down from Twin Falls but tons of switchbacks make it a little easier. Definitely was long and took all day but well worth it!

Gorgeous valley hike with roaring creek, snow capped mountains and multiple waterfalls. My wife called it Shangri-La.

Beautiful well worth the hike easy hike too

Amazing views, especially in the fall with yellow larch trees. My favourite hike so far!

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome hike with a climb all the way up, never too steep. 100% worth for the views and big rocks at the top, perfect for sitting to enjoy lunch. Took about 2 hours to go up (decent pace). We loved it!

18 days ago

Not technically difficult but very physically demanding hike. It’s basically a constant steep climb all the way to the top. Above the lake you reach a meadow that gives a bit of a break. Very hard but very beautiful hike and the views at the top are well worth the effort. For a fit person plan on at least two hours up and an hour and a half down. There’s only one snow patch left to cross and it didn’t give us any trouble. Great hike.

on Asulkan Valley Trail

hiking
19 days ago

First couple of miles in the forest with minor gains in elevation. Then the party begins once you get out into the open. Significant elevation gains and some of the best scenery imaginable. Glaciers, snow capped peaks, waterfalls and plenty of white water. Hardly any bugs and the temps were comfortable. Highly recommended. Don’t miss this one.

Fantastic gem! 11 km hike in if you don’t get a bus pass, 3 months in advance.

Enjoyable 3 hour walk (hike). Allow more time in the future and keep climbing up to the glacier. Alpine/sub-alpine flowers along the path; saxifrage, false hellebore, willow herb and the stunning purple/pink monkey-flower. Beautiful and relaxing views all around with the roaring water background sound.

This is a difficult, but wonderful hike, worth the high elevation gain, and recommended 6.5 hours (or more if you have time) to to enjoy it. The trail starts steeply in the trees, but if you're in good shape, keep going, the elevation gain becomes less intense after the lake. The lake is not much to look at; snap a mountain reflection picture, and keep going to get away from the bugs. Just after taking a right for the "short way," you'll come to a rocky area with a little view. The trail climbs up to a beautiful meadow with a great view of the mountains behind, and the back of the mountain you're about to go around. You'll see weather station equipment, and maybe a little pond. Go up, and to the right at a little fork that goes down the long way if you go left. Traverse a small snow field as views of the other side of the mountain open up. Hike up the ridge, and you'll see the true meaning of a "panoramic" view - amazing mountains, snow fields, and glaciers, something to delight the eyes everywhere you look!

trail running
26 days ago

Absolutely fabulous mountain & glacier vistas with seasonal alpine flowers make this a must do hike for outdoor enthusiasts.

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favourite hikes! 1100m of up but the 360° views are amazing, as well as Mt Sir Donald and Illecillewaet glacier.

hiking
29 days ago

In 3 hours one can hike halfway to pretty Laughing Falls on this trail and back to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. The majority of the 124 meter elevation gain is acquired on one hill after the spurs for Angels Staircase and Point Lace Falls. Higher, the trail is in generally good condition to the Laughing Falls bridge and campground. Good views of Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho River, and the Daly Glacier along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail, amazing scenery. Hard pressed to find a trail this gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

very good hike, suggest going counterclockwise
a little rocky at the end

Not a good time to go. The mosquitos were horrible. Some trails were covered with fallen trees. We had to do quite a bit of bushwhacking. There’s outhouses beyond the parking lot.... but they are disgusting.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 3.4 miles one way to the research building, still snow beyond that. The first part of the hike is in the rain forest . The trail is easy to hike on very soft, beyond the lake it’s a bit more rocky with stunning views
all and all a tough hike because it’s steep
but worth it

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Wildflowers, moss covered rocks, boardwalks, streams, waterfalls, crystal clear blue water, wildlife. Scrambling over the rocks is fun, and the reward is breathtaking. Picnic tables at lake so bring lunch. Best to carry bear spray as it's quite remote.

The details on this listing are a little misleading. If you're driving the directions will not take you to the correct place. The road is not on Google maps. It will take you to a fork and tell you to continue straight, but you need to turn to the left of the fork and cross a wooden bridge over a waterfall. from here there's another 20 minutes of driving on a very rough, rocky road. Park at the top and the trail entrance is marked by a sign and an outhouse to your right.

The comments about the Gondola are a different Gorman Lake hike which starts at the top of the Gondola on kicking horse.

backpacking
1 month ago

Perfect trail! My wife and I have camping in the twin falls campground. Laughting falls is at the middle of this trail. Both of these two falls are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

We completed the the trail, but added in the Marpole Lake trail, creating more of a loop, rather than out and back. Beautiful hike, with some varied terrain. Loved the many waterfalls.
The trail had a few fallen trees across the path, plus a large avalanche debris section covering the trail near Marpole Lake. It wasnt an issue and can be easily maneuvered through.
The seasonal bridge on the Whaleback Trail was still packed away for winter season, and Iceline Trail was still not recommended by Parks (June 20, 2018)

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked (attempted to hike) this trail yesterday but only made it about 3/4 of the way before turning back. The trail up to the lake is decent with minimal snow. However, once I started up the trail to the ridge I soon realized the snow was way too loose & I definitely fell through to my waist a few times. I followed some old boot tracks up the ridge before I finally gave up and decided it wasn’t worth falling through a crevasse. Great hike though, definitely a workout! Go prepared & stay off the ridge for now

2 months ago

Did it couple days ago, still quite snowy. The road is closed and some bridges are removed in the area, but you can do this walk. Up to the lake and viewpoint (nice views!) is quite duable with regard to the snow, but we returned here because the snow thereafter got too deep.

Stunning views of peaks!!! I came across wild flowers, lakes, creeks, waterfalls, and may even hear and see small avalanches. My most favorite hike in Banff and Yoho Park. It opens first week of July. If you could not reserve the bus ride it’s worth to walk the distance!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Hiked this when moderately out of shape and was quite tough but well worth the view. Recommended you hike clockwise as the last 2 hours are intense with brutal switchbacks that are best done on the decent.

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful short hike. Only takes 30 minutes. Lots of spots to cut of and go do other hikes to different lakes and some waterfalls.

So amazing, possibly my favourite hike ever!

hiking
9 months ago

Looks like it may have been nice a few years ago. Trail #3 is fairly overgrown. Trail #1 and 2 are open, but not much for sight seeing other than forestry views.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike on Sept 24th with great sunny sky. Hiked clockwise with stunning views of the aqua blue lake and rocky snowy peaks all around. After tracking past the lake the hike took us past rocky river bed until we started the ascent. Wonderful views of the waterfall towards the left. Once we started on the second part of triangle the views were spectacular and path took us past rocky cliffs. Saw about a dozen mountain goats grazing. Once past the peak on the third leg of the hike the switchbacks down were never ending...but beautiful. We have hiked all over the US and Canada and this hike was in our top three ever. Would do again.

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