Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

very tough but awsome veiws .incredible at the summit

Great trail. a lottle confusing as to what way yo go at times. Stay onnthe widest beaten travk and you will get the the stunning Fairy Creak Falls!

Was beautiful . Pretty muddy and lots of bikes but all very respectful. Best marked trail I think I’ve ever seen- impossible to get lost. Waterfall at the end was beautiful. Great short little hike!

A very easy trail for the view you receive, I definitely recommend if you're looking for a quick and easy hike

Did it at the end of April with quite a bit of snow. Still a great little hike, with a beautiful little waterfall.

the indicated start point is in the middle of a trailer park. This is a mish mash of town trails with no parking or trail head, not an actual trail persay.

This was an awesome hike! We finished in 1 1/2 and it was great! Nice scenery and beautiful water falls overall loved it

hiking
3 months ago

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

Super easy hike to the falls and back! I have never seen so much signage on a trail before. I would recommend this trail to anyone!

awesome easy trail, pet friendly!

Park at the visitors centre. Snow shoes may be a good idea. Was warm out and the trail was starting to break up. Fell through the snow up to our knees, once up to my hip. Still doable in boots. The falls are beautiful with the snow and runoff.

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!

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fast and flowy trail on Mt. Proctor. My go to place if I only have an hour to ride.

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

It's flat most of the way with a few short climbs. It'd be a cruisy XC bike trail ideal for beginners. Nice views across the valley to Castle Mountain. You can also find the remains of the old Coal Creek town at the end of the trail (though not much left).

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

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great hike. Took our 2 kids up to the falls. It was beautiful!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great short walk/hike. Pretty falls at the end and pretty impressive.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

One of the most memorable hikes I've ever taken, a must when you are in Fernie. Waterfalls, caves, decent elevation gain, panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies...what else could you ask for? We completed in 4.5 hours, so the trail info is spot on.

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