Explore the most popular hiking 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.

on Bear Creek Falls

1 day ago

Awesome, moderate hike with steep start/finish. Be prepared to get wet. Gorgeous waterfall.

1 day ago

good for stretching or walking your dog on a long trip.

Amazing hike to a gorgeous lake. Take the canoe for a ride. Road up is very rough and rocky, only take a high 4x4. Took a SUV and and the clearance were tight, took about an hour to drive up

Rode this to otterhead trail. About a dozen fallen trees between the trailhead and otterhead trail turn off. Do not try otterhead trail up to tocher ridge. Too many fallen trees on otterhead trail to count and trail gets quite overgrown as you go. Gave up on the bike and hiked the rest of the way to tocher ridge only to find it completely overgrown and covered in deadfall, gave up after bush whacking less than a km.

Easy hike to the chalet at the base of twin falls. Lots of switchback to the top of twin falls. We did a loop out along whaleback/ isolated peak route to the ACC hut. Lots of steep climbing to hit the ridge but some beautiful views.

Great hike, beautiful views. Very quiet compared to Emerald lake, saw nobody off the main lake trail

hiking
3 days ago

Steady grade all the way, took the short route up from the lake and the long route back down, recommend this. Views from the ridge are spectacular!

hiking
3 days ago

Steady grade all the way, surrounded by beautiful scenery and rewarded with fantastic views. Didn't see any bears...

hiking
3 days ago

Decent hike up, scrambled up to the peak, views were below ave due to wildfire smoke, otherwise would have given 4 stars. Getting to the lookout is simple enough. This was the first scramble I've ever attempted, went up off path via larger rocks to the right which provided decent footholds, came down on the path which is mostly loose rock and dirt, took a few falls, would not recommend coming down this way, stick to the larger rock segments.

To nice,

hiking
4 days 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!

Best highway rest stop ever. used it to get the kid to stretch their legs and saw some pretty rocks at the same time.

Perfect for kids of any age.

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

hiking
10 days ago

If you only go to the old fire tower you really do not get the incredible views. Keep going up the well defined trail to get incredible views of Sherbrooke Lake, the Waputik Icefield, the President and Vice President Mountains and more.

For the last 100 m of elevation there are numerous trials to take to the first summit (the true summit is further along the ridge). This trail is worth it for sure!

hiking
12 days ago

The trail was so fun and amazing! Pretty steep in some parts but loved the challenge! Make sure you go on a clear day; the clouds tend to move in quickly and blocked our view once we reached the top making it hard to see 5 feet in front of us!

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

Good little stop to stretch your legs. Easy access and walking on the platforms. No runners needed.

hiking
18 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!

walking
20 days ago

Pretty straightforward- beautiful view when you’ve arrived at the falls. It’s very steep!

hiking
21 days ago

Disapointed by this trail. Nothing special in the wooded portion. Nice view from the lookout, but nothing better than other mountains in this area and here you have a view over the highway... not for me. Going to the top was very tough because no clear path, no markers and cairns were not helpfull (they are anywhere). At mid distance we came back. Fifth hike in five days, maybe we were just tired or have seen so nicest trails in Banff Park?

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful hike. We only climbed to the lookout because we wanted to go to Sherbrooke Lake, which we were really glad we did. The hike up to the lookout was a steady uphill climb with only a few switchbacks. Not too bad and the views were terrific. The hike down to the lake was very easy, but I highly recommend it. The lake is stunning beautiful and incredibly tranquil. Moraine Lake without all the people! The trail beside the lake was filled with wildflowers and spectacular vistas across the lake to the jagged peaks beyond. We spent a couple hours just meandering along the trail and sitting beside the lake enjoying the view and the quiet beauty away from the craziness of the Lake Louise area. I would highly recommend combing the two hikes we did for anyone who is looking for a nice climb, panoramic views and ending your day on a gorgeous turquoise Canadian Rockies lake.

22 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
23 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.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice flowers at the trail (22.07.2018) . I was hiking on my own and it took me only 50min to get to the Lookout. The way down is a little bit faster! Nice trail which is especially at the end kind of a exercise when you‘re hiking straight. Nice views to Lake Louise Ski Resort & Cathedral Crags. Worth it if you have 2-3 hours left!

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.

Honestly if you are a regular hiker, this will be okay but not that memorable. But I always love nature so no complaints

30 days ago

Talk to the information center wardens before hiking, and take the time to watch their bear video. Be ready to cancel your hike to avoid escalating a bear encounter. The video is maybe 45 min. of great education about bear behavior and how to respond to different encounters) Groups of 4 are currently required due to grizzly activity, including a protective Mom with cubs, who charges. Our group of 5 saw a grizzly from a good distance, took pictures with high zoom lenses, and took her hints that she wanted the trail for her feeding and family. Bears have limited habitat, so I'm glad to give her the space. She looks a little scrawny, so she may be more protective of her berry patches due to hunger. We slowly backed away, and returned to the trailhead, glad she blocked the trail on the way up instead of on the way down. We decided to hike at Illecillewaet instead.

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