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

very tough but awsome veiws .incredible at the summit

Steep trail. Views were gorgeous. Some ankle twisting rocky terrain towards the bottom but if your walking it’s fine. Just watch the footing if your running the trail.

Spectacular trail. Great climb!

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5 days ago

Great hike, plenty of view points. my legs definitely felt that one!!

Excellent trail, recommend the overnight, 2 or 3 day to capture all this trails beauty. It’s definitely a strenuous trail. Pack lots of water, food, snacks, camping gear, bear spray and other defense mechanisms for any protection you feel you may need. Recommend this trail 5 star!

Very interesting hike with an amazing view! There’s lots of little animals in the rocky area and many wildflowers along the way as well

Beautiful hike , fairly steep up. Took us 30 mins to the first peak and the 45 up to the top from there. Be prepared however for any weather as it was sunny when we left and hailing at the Alpine during July. Highly recommend though!!
Also , very dog friendly !

Loved it!

Rewarding hike! Great view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of switchbacks, great view

My dog and I hiked up to the ridge :)
Towards the ridge there is a steep incline that could be difficult for some.
I wouldn't recommend this trail for kids!
There was no snow and a fair amount of people on the trail :)
I loved the hiked, it was a great work out and had awesome views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Still some snow on the front approach and plenty on the rear which makes for some interesting route finding.

Still allot of snow starting as soon as you pass the bench. Is going to be a few more weeks before full assent is possible without gear

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4 months ago

It was difficult to find the road to the trail head, but once we found it we had a great difficult hike in the deep snow! snowshoes helped a ton!!

This was such a great adventure. My brother and I started later in the day and decided to skip the summit due to time restrictions. We camped overnight by bisaro canyon and finished the second part all the way to Island lake lodge. At the start of our journey we were charged by a bull moose about 10 minutes of walking after the trailhead sign. The climb is steep but I would rate this as moderate, the thing that made it hard was packing a heavy bag. Trekking poles are helpful to relieve fatigue but the trail itself is easy to navigate and not technically challenging. If you take your time climbing then you can stop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There's a waterfall, cave and the larch trees in fairy meadow are exploding with colour (October 1st). We saw a grizzly mom and 2 cubs on a scree slope about 250 feet from the trai between west fernie pass and cedar valley. There was a lot of scat and bear tracks on the trail, so just be prepared. There is an abundance of huckleberry bushes(aka bear food and most delicious berry on planet earth!) on the last 3/4 of the trail, but obviously they were all gone. We are doing this hike again in July so we will add in the 3 sisters summit making it just the right amount of challenging! Definitely a great adventure!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked in and camped a night at Thunder Meadows in August. It's a steep climb up, that gets a little loose. The cabin is well equipped.

Will definitely tour back here in winter time for some backcountry pow laps.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail under the treeline with waterfalls, leading to ridge views. You'll get a great alternative view of Mt Fernie (the true summit of Mt. Fernie), as well as up close the the Three Sisters. We hike clockwise, through Fairy Creek, to summit, and down via Swine Flu.

Quite technical, and worth taking a pole for the loose rocks.

It would be a slog to get around this trail in single day, and can be done. We chose to camp just before the ridge ascent.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a grind all the way up, but totally worth it. It's so lush and green the whole way up with stunning views. The scramble at the end is a little scary!

hiking
11 months ago

Steep trail but the stunning views are worth the effort !

hiking
11 months ago

A great hike; steep up, steep down, awesome views of the Elk Valley

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

very steep. but the views are worth it! take the time to detour to the viewpoints

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazing. From top of swine flu to the top of first ridge its very difficult but gets easier after that as the views are just absolutely amazing. Wear a lot of sunscreen (got very sunburned even after applying it 2 times). We did the loop and there was still a lot of snow and couldn't find the trail so had to make our own and it was one of the scariest scrambles down. So if you are not sure of your skills scrambing down I wouldnt so the loop maybe... But again most beautiful and rewarding hike. took us 7.5 hours to finish the loop

Monday, July 10, 2017

Great trail with awesome views. Quite steep from the beginning but gets easier after the bench and views are worth it.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

A very steep trail, even from the beginning, but if you push all the way to the ridge top summit (past both wooden benches), you'll be rewarded with awesome views of both Fernie and the Three Sisters.
Once you get to the second bench at the ridge top, take the upper route of ~10min light scrambling to summit or the lower to meet snow and gorgeous valley views.
Overall a worthwhile hike that youll be able to feel in your legs for the next day or so :')

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful views. Hiked July 5th still snow between the two benches. Recommend hiking poles or bring along your skis

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Monday, June 26, 2017

This was quite the climb but but well worth it. There's a spectacular 360 view of the mountains at the top and lots of great views of the town of Fernie throughout the top half of the trail. It's very well marked and fairly clear with exception to the last 5 minutes where you have to scramble a bit. Took us 4.5 hrs return with lots of stops to take in the scenery.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

I didn't find this trail overly exhausting. The views are spectacular past the half way point and it's impossible to not take photos.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This is actually a seriously strenuous hike. It climbs 1,000m in only 4km, so expect a good workout. Stunning 360 views from the top, where there is a little wooden bench and friendly ground squirrels to relive you of your granola bars.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We parked at the end of Canyon Trail and found the trailhead on the left after a short walk. There's a bench at the top with some amazing views on both sides of the mountain. The last section of the trail has loose rocks and may be trickier for beginner hikers. All and all it's a great hike and we were pooped by the time we got back down.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

One of the hardest trails that I did. Going uphill since the beginning, around 8-9 hours hike. Beautiful landscape, and worth the persistence to get to the top. Bring winter clothes as the summit can be windy and rainy dropping drastically the temperature.

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