Explore the most popular trail running 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.

15 hours 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.

4 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.

The climb up to Sherbrooke lake is easy going but not much to see. Once you get to the lake though it just opens right up to some gorgeous views. The trail along the lake is really cool, it's right at the waters edge and even dips into the water a bit at points. It is full of roots and not too runnable (if you are trying to run like us) but easily passable if you just hike. It looked like it had been freshly cleared as well.

Past the lake is some climbing past a couple of waterfalls. Had to stop plenty of times for pictures.

At the top you get to a nice open meadow and you can see in all directions. Made us a bit cautious looking for bears here but none were encountered.

Past the meadow you enter the forest again. We got a little past 8km mark where there was some stream crossings. The water was moving really fast and obviously freezing cold. Was about knee to thigh deep. We turned around at this point as one of the bridges (aka timber over the stream) was knocked down and some in our group weren't comfortable with the speed and depth of the stream to cross. I'm 6'1" and went across ok for some pictures.

We did this trail July 6, 2018. No snow or snowfields were encountered at all (I would expect some though if we had continued to the peak). So much to look at pretty much entire route made it well worth doing.

10 days ago

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

10 days ago

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

14 days ago

absolutely the best hike in the area
we highly recommend it to all who enjoy the great outdoors

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.

17 days 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!

25 days 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)

1 month ago

Belle vue sur les montagnes
Trail facile ou moderé pour les débutants
cette trail se fait en 2h30 environ
il est recommandé de faire cette trail à 2 personnes, car risque de rencontre d'ours

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.

Used this as approach to scramble up Mount Daly in August 2017. Made for a long 14 hour day but after three years of hiking in the Bow Valley, this is probably my favourite approach hike of all time. Will likely do this again this year to bag Mount Niles

So amazing, possibly my favourite hike ever!

9 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.

on Burgess Pass

9 months ago

this hike is accessed through Emerald Lake. it's around 2km from the parking lot to the trail head. this hike is hard. we did 11 km to reach the ridge and there was almost 50 switchbacks! you're in the trees the whole time so there's not much for scenery. steady incline the whole time and a fair amount of elevation gain. once you get to the ridge, the views are pretty nice but not spectacular. this hike in my opinion is more to test your stamina, not for awe inspiring photos. in total the hike took us around 7 hours return with a few breaks. bring lots of water. The trail loops back around the lake but it's another 12km or so we were told and you will end up on the far side of the lake. adds a lot more time so we went back the way we came. I'd say this hike is hard and will definitely test your ability to keep going.

10 months ago

Beautiful falls

10 months ago

We hiked it a couple days ago. Saw deer and Mtn goats. Brutal switchbacks for last 2 hours, stopped at Yoho lake for lunch. 8 hour hike, must be tough.

The hike was really amazing with great views. There was a little bit of everything which made the hike really enjoyable. We made it nearly to the top but had to turn back as it was really rocky and didn't want to risk it with my dog. If you are going to climb up to the top it is really steep and loose shale, trekking poles are highly recommended.

Lots of steep climbs. Challenging, but worth the effort.

Awesome hike! Beautiful views and lots of different terrain from rolling hills to very rocky! Hiking shoes are highly recommended. Takes about an hour to do the hike and once you get to the lake can be quite chilly so make sure you are prepared.

Keep in mind, the road up is very sketchy! SUV or truck is a must as there are lots of rocky patches and pot holes! We passed a Toyota Camry on it's way down that were afraid to blow a tire and decided to try another hike.

All in all it took about 4 hours. An hour up and back and an hour to hike...

What a thrill to walk on the ridgeback of a glacial moraine, views were expansive.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trail was in great shape early July 2017. Lots of great water features along this hike, give yourself some time to enjoy the sights!

We attempted to loop back past Marpole Lake but avalanche debris slowed us down. That trail is closed but currently passable though we did lose the trail along the rocks near the end. Recommend bringing GPS if you give that a shot.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Follow the road down from the gondola unloading station to the rib of rock that announces the Dogtooth Ridge hike. When using the road, stay to the left hand side and make sure you don’t get pegged by any mountain bikers making the descent.
Once you reach the rock rib, follow the trail up, down and around until you reach the road that goes up to the Blue Heaven chairlift. Follow this road to the top of the chairlift. Then, ascend the metal stairway (a sign declares it to be the Stairway to Heaven) and follow the trail to the top of Blue Heaven, where there is a weather station (11U 0493604 5680695, Elevation 2443m). Head north on the ridge, dropping down to the col and then climbing back up towards the next peak, Ozone.

The trail north stays slightly to the left of the actual peak of Ozone, gets rocky, and stays below the ridge. Through use, it is now pretty easy to follow in this stretch. You will reach a col, climb up a minor peak, drop to another col (11U 0492872 5681532, E 2458m), bypass the next peak on the west (left) and end up at another col (11U 0492780 5681585, E 2436m). For the next peak, you can choose your poison: go up and across, or stay lower and sidehill gouge. There are braided trails everywhere, so routefinding gets a bit confusing. You are headed for the next col at 11U 0492670 5681760, E 2471m. One more peak, again with trails everywhere. You will end up at a col at 11U 0492549 5681911, E 2492m. You are approaching the ridge on the north side of Feuz Bowl, and things are about to get very interesting.

On the next peak, don’t go to the top of the ridge, but stay high and cross to a rib. You are now looking at the crux of the route. You need to downclimb this steep, loose, rock and pebble slope. What makes it more difficult is that, by trying to avoid loose pebbly stuff, people have eroded almost all the vegetation on the hill. There are some cairns on the route, but you’ll just have to pick your own way down. And, you and your party will need to be very conscious of fall lines, as rocks get kicked loose frequently. Once you are down, you still need to get through the large jumbled boulders to the col(11U 0492255 5682232, E 2425m). You can now look east into the bowl north of Feuz Bowl (Molar Bowl), which is the northernmost drainage that flows into Cedar Creek.

The next peak looks forboding, but actually it is pretty easy. You will notice a prominent block of light brown rock sticking out. You are going to climb up to just below this block, and then head across the hill. The rock here is large blocks of pink quartzite, covered in green and black lichen. Think of it as walking on a seriously sloped sidewalk. The caveat: that isn’t good advice if it is wet, and that lichen gets very slippery. In that case, you’ll have to walk between the blocks. Once you get to just below that light brown cliff, head across the hill. While you need to be careful, the walking here is a lot more straightforward than on the last peak. Eventually, you’ll drop down to a col at 11U 0491726 5682679, E 2476m. You are now above the southernmost branch of the Holt Creek drainage, and can look northeast to the Clamshell.

The obvious trail moseys along over a minor peak or two and drops down to a col above the next branch of Holt Creek at 11U 0491079 5683037, E 2362m.

From here, the easiest route to the col above Holt Lakes drops off the ridge. Head along the sidehill, losing altitude gradually, until you can see two small areas of rockslide ahead of you. You’ll be able to pick out a slight game trail at the toe of the slides. Aim for it. The game trail comes and goes, but keep on the same course, losing altitude gradually and heading towards the back end of Canyon Creek, until you can see a well defined game trail that drops down to a grassy valley below a col well above you. If you look at the north end of the peak just south of the col, you’ll see why sticking to the ridge isn’t a great idea. A GPS reading from the low end of the game trail is 11U 0489850 5683647, E 2287m.

Once you are down at the creek that comes from the col, cross and grind your way back up the other side, mentally cursing me the entire way. Sorry, but this really is the easiest route. You want to head towards the final Canyon/Holt col at 11U 0488583 5684361, E 2366m. If you go straight, you’ll be sidehill gouging across some steep slopes. It is easier to head a little bit right and find some flat spots to walk on. Your feet will thank you.

Once at the col, you need to descend to the bottom of the talus slope and then catch that little trail to the Holt Lakes, just above the cliff. And a lesson I learned from Robson Gmoser many years ago on this very slope: the easiest and safest way down is to run. If you carefully pick your way down, you’ll be slipping and sliding and cursing. Which is what I was doing when Robson ran by, laughing at me. It seems nuts, but it works.

Holt Lakes is one of the most beautiful spots on eart

Monday, February 27, 2017

the view at the top is unreal

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Did this with my Adult son a few years ago. I did not have enough water and it was a hot day! I made it there and back but really felt it on the way back. Despite that loved the hike!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beautiful hike! So worth it! So many waterfalls along the way. We did the loop on our way back and you'll be on the side of a rocky mountain with spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

An awesome fave!!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Beautiful trail up the side of Mount Revelstoke. I would NOT say that this is good for all skill levels. If you are starting at the bottom going up, it is definitely moderate-strenuous, and if you are starting from the top it is still moderate due to the many scrambling points, and steep inclines you must overcome. I took the trail down and then connected to the bottom half of the Summit Trail (which is significantly less rustic), and then the Mount Revelstoke Trail which will bring you all the way back to town (the whole thing ends up at 9.5 miles). It is a really neat way to see the changing ecotypes of the region and of the mountain.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Definitely one of those hikes that one would want to do on a sunny day. Unfortunately, one of our friends got sick, but refused to stay at the hotel, so as an organizer I had to move our hikes around and I have settled for Emerald Lake, because it is beautiful no matter what the weather is like and relatively short with an opportunity to cut shorter depending on the weather conditions and how our friend would feel.
We have parked at the Emerald Lodge (worth coming early in the morning - 9ish is ideal) because the views are unsecured by the busses of tourists flooding the area :). After taking a few picks we took the trail behind the boathouse and walked around the like. Around half way through, on the other side of the lake we took the trail leading to the Yoho Pass - about 4.8km. Our friend didn't feel too good so we have left him by the waterfalls and continued through the rocky open area marked by a rock avalanche and then through the forest. Although we didn't meet anyone on the trail, a fresh poop of deer and a large one of a mother bear with little cubs indicated that we are following the footpaths of animals that we really wish we wouldn't have to encounter - especially that none of us had a bear spray with us. So for the next half an hour we were whistling, singing & clapping, generally speaking scarring everything within a mile radiant :) The forest at the beginning is very thick and the path up the mountain isn't really challenging. However at the top of the mountain the forest begins to open up creating a perfect environment for a wildlife. At the Yoho Pass my two friends decided to continue to the Yoho Lake only 0.7km away. If not for the fear of bears, it would definitely be a pleasurable walk in a park, but unfortunately it wasn't. We were surrounded by a complete silence, forest looked like as if it was removed from the horror movie and upon our arrival at the lake, with two red Adirondack Chairs on the peninsula, deserted campsite and the scary looking pall to hang food in the air preventing bears to get hold of it the place looked utterly creepy :) On the top of it, the moment we stopped at the Yoho Lake admiring undeniably beautiful views, we were attacked by clouds of vicious insects hungry for fresh blood. We have turned around as quickly as we could and whistling, singing and laughing nervously we retreated from the unfriendly yet gorgeous looking surroundings.
We have reunited with a friend of ours by the waterfalls exactly at the time when it started raining and after a snack we continued hiking down the trail. At the bottom of the Emerald Lake we have completed the loop around the lake and stopped for a warm soup at the restaurant in Emerald Resort, which I strongly recommend.
I would rate this trail as easy and under different circumstances I would definitely add to it Burgess Pass and come back to the parking lost east of the Lodge - but this time I would definitely bring with me Bear Spray :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trailhead at illecillewaet Campground. Follow railway grade and turn left to pass through the foundation ruins of the Glacier town site. Go past 4 junctions; first for Marion lake, then Meeting of the Waters, then Great Glacier, then Glacier Crest trails and continue south up valley for 4 Klms gaining 390 meters at inline rate of 10.2 then a couple of quick switch backs heading SSW and an increase in incline for 1.5 Klm and a final push up the moraine ridge of another 1.5 Klm to access the Alpine Club of Canada's Asulkan hut. Total gain in elevation is 869 m with the last stretch (479m) rated 6.2. Hut is busy in winter and summer weekends. It sleeos 12 and booked through Alpine Club, Canmore, AB.

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