Explore the most popular forest 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.

Beautiful! Tad slippery but well worth it:)

This was a nice little jaunt, even in the winter. The falls are beautiful and I’ll definitely be coming back in the summer to see the beautiful scenery!

Absolutely beautiful!!! Nature at its best. Well marked and easy.

1 month ago

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A pretty nice, short hike that definitely makes you believe in fairies again ;) I visited it twice...

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1 month ago

Great hike with 360 views at the top. Trail was in excellent shape and well-signed with all trees/debris previously mentioned cleared.

Great hike

Its a long hike but gives you a great view of the town

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2 months ago

This trail is more like 8.4km, so a little further than expected!! I won’t lie, I found this really hard. It was all uphill to the peak, with a scramble at the top. The views at the top were awesome though. For the first decent hike I’ve done in a while, it was a toughie!!

Amazing hike. Combines great treed in route with a tough switchback past the treeline. The view is worth the effort.

Absolutely awesome. To come to Fernie and not hike this easy path would be a waste. The falls offers a great view. Well worth it.

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2 months ago

I did Lizard Lake Trail as a steppingstone to a longer hike today (went to the ridge above-Liverwurst?- then west along the ridge to Thunder Meadows Hut (bit of a detour), down Cabin Trail, and back to the parking lot via Rail Trail.

Getting to Lizard Lake took a little under an hour. Pretty steady climb on a well trodden trail that had a lot of work done on it in the last couple of years.

Saw plenty of bear scat and tracks below and above the lake...exercise caution and take your bear spray folks.

One note about the trailhead: We had A LOT of trouble figuring out where to start. We came in a car. We ended up trekking in to the trailhead about one hour as a low car CANNOT drive to the trailhead

Once we did find the trailhead it was a very interesting hike. One of the most diverse hikes I have done. Firstly you come across STUNNING waterfalls at Jumping Waters, then some exploring in Bisaro Cave, and then the steepness is gone and you are rewarded with wide open meadows of wildflowers with towering mountain peaks on all sides. After the meadows its another moderate hike to the trail junction where you can either continue on Mountain Lakes Trail or summit the spine of the Three Sisters. I can't recommend it enough. It is a TOUGH, STEEP, scramble to the top, with a bit of technicality close to the summit, but so worth it. 360' views of the Elk Valley. We then came back the way we had come.
We did this in one long, 9 hour day. Having to trek into the trailhead made it longer than it should have been. But this seems like a PERFECT 2 day-er. Set up your camp at the base of the summit, summit in the evening, and then trek back the next day. It is doable in one long day, but you are pooped out by the end. We also had a bit of a time crunch as we had to be back by 11pm for my night shift, so that was added pressure.
Awesome hike. I will be doing it again!

This is an amazing trail. We had reserved a room at Island Lake Lodge upon our return, so we parked there and took a taxi to the trailhead (125$, which is steep but after experiencing the drive understood the uncharge). The taxi was not able to go all the way to the trailhead as the road is quite rough and you would need to be extremely comfortable driving and have a 4X4 vehicle. We hiked the 2 km to the trailhead from where the taxi dropped us off, off Hartley Road. Day 1, we hiked to the col of Three Sisters, where we camped. We were happy to have 2 Nalgenes each for hydration and cooking as there was no water source where we camped, which seems to be the popular spot, until shortly after we began our hike the next day. Day 1 was about 7 km + the 2 km from where the taxi dropped us off. The hike was not technically challenging, but mostly uphill, so some degree of fitness is required. It was extremely beautiful and we enjoyed the waterfall, ladders, and cave. Evidence of bears is prevalent, but by making lots of noise, we had no sightings. We are experienced hikers and did Day 1 in 4.5 hours. This included stops for exploration and pictures. Day 2 offered us a chance to summit Three Sisters. We opted out as the conditions were quite smokey. Day 2 was mostly downhill, and again, not technical. The trail is beautiful and well maintained. Fill up water when you can as it is sparse. We had our lunch at the top of Cedar Valley Ridge. This has been one of our favourite hikes to date!

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2 months ago

great trail.. no problem hiking with a 2 and 4 yr old

2 months ago

Steady climb but the views were beautiful! Thick trees and bushes in some spots but the trail was easy to find.

This trail was like being in another world. From small log bridges, lush waterfalls, climbing caves, and fields of wildflowers!

Be aware of a wasp nest at the beginning of the first waterfall. We passed many others who also got stung!!

We started on the Hartley road and used a off roading suspended Jeep to travel to the second parking lot. There were other trucks that went to the second parking lot as well.

Love it...have done it in winter & summer!

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3 months ago

Great hike for all ages (we had as young as 4). Included a stop for ice cream for kids and a beer for the adults.

3 months ago

Fantastic!!

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3 months ago

A nice way to end the old growth trail before stopping At the lodge for a beer.

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3 months ago

Great hike with view points through and old cedar and fir Forrest. Cool huge trees. Do the lake trail at the top before stopping at the lodge for a beer.

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3 months ago

Amazing hike. Wonderful View. Gave us a good workout.

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3 months ago

A difficult hike, make sure to bring plenty of water, moderate incline at first then becomes steep, trail is overgrown in parts but you can make it out. As trail becomes less obvious just follow the inukshuks/rock piles. If you can, wear ankle protecting hiking boots as there are some areas with loose rock. The loop took my brother and I 8 hours but the map at the beginning of the trail says it can take anywhere from 9-12 hours.

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3 months ago

Great hike, and beautiful 360 views. Pack a lunch and eat at the top. Hiking poles would be handy to take the strain off the legs on the way down.

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3 months ago

nice trail with awesome views of Fernie and the ski hill.
it's best to have the app with a map with you as this is a combination of several trails and there are no specific signs for this trail.
defetnetly worth actually going up to the top of castle rock!

Loved the hike even though I never seen Fairy Creek Falls. Ended up at the summit. The lack of signs to the falls had not just me but other hikers lost and confused.

Very rewarding hike, I recommend preceding to do the loop as the views continue to get better.

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3 months ago

Hiked with a group of kids (11-13 years old). Took 5 hours up to the cabin (with lots of rest stops), 3 hours down (again, lots of rest stops). Everyone enjoyed the cabin!
The only downside is the lack of available water. We packed in everything we needed since we were unsure of the 'lake' (swamp/pond).

Great trail and excellent work by the volunteers who maintain it. It is relatively strenuous but the there’s definitely a reward for effort. The sunrise from the top of the three sisters is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The only downside is the last few kilometres of the trail (literally and figuratively). It is a long decent with not much of a view. All in all though, this trail is definitely worth a sniff.

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