Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail some steep sections definitely a leg burner, I camped at the lake it was nice but quite a few people up there doing the same which I didn’t expect. Great hike non the less

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail to the top of the falls!

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Great hike with exceptional views. Very windy in some spots. The inclines are intense, I consider my self very fit and this was a burner for sure! Moderate hmmmm. Seen bear skat down close to the lake not sure how fresh it was. Snow covered for a bit getting closer to the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking and a hidden gem, it reminds me of a smaller version of Johnston's Canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful sights and scenery despite a relatively simple and easy trail. I wouldn’t say it’s kid friendly, but I’d definitely say it’s excellent for beginners or if you’re not up for a challenge. At the end of the highlighted trail on this app, I went down and climbed up and down the rocks a bit taking pictures and sitting around in the area with the gentle running water. Highly recommend!

super tough uphill, very steep with a lot of elevation gain per km. absolutely stunning though, feels very untouched and secluded. careful on the way down, we got lost twice (not sure how as we were on the trail both times and paying pretty close attention). took about 8 hours round trip w a few breaks and a lot of time lost in the woods looking for the trail

hiking
1 month ago

First off this hike has unreal views. However this is not a moderate hike. I’m a pretty fit young guy and those inclines are no joke. The lake is all worth the pain I promise you that. Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

my 8 year old and labrador did this hike in 4 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

We followed the trail to where the re-entrant meets to the river (@4.7km). We discovered the path picks up again for another 2.5km before we turned around. This is a beautiful scenic walk that follows the river.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trek in July with my sister and brother.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike! I listened to previous reviews and started out early in the morning and it was nice and quiet. I only started running into people on the way back. After the first falls the trail isnt marked or maintained but still simple to follow. A few steep parts but very manageable. Personally I wouldn't bring very small children here as there are lots of cliff edges, but I did see quite a few parents that did.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views, trail is in great shape. Decent camp sites around the lake. Lots of day hikers so busy during the day but quiet at night.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and loved the waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

great incline however was slightly disappointed at the lake I envisioned clear teal waters lol

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muddy
2 months ago

Routes could be better marked.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a BEAUTIFUL hike however, I strongly disagree that this is considerate a moderate hike. I found ascent and descent were both difficult. I strongly urge everyone to have walking poles or sticks for this hike. It's literally 5.5 km up the damn mountain, but the lake at the top is gorgeous! I wouldn't consider this hike child friendly but definitely dog friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

we liked it and we also repelled down a slab

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for a family. We took our kids (9 & 13) and our dog. Was really warm and water was definitely needed.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice, easy trail great for all levels and kids. Some interesting relics to see including a creepy but cool cemetery! Section along the river ridge is beautiful and the best part.

3 months ago

I have a problem with stopping the recording....

hiking
3 months ago

The lake at the top is worth the strenuous hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Good parking lot (not the highway shoulder or ditch parking lots of the trails have) this makes it a bit more of a popular trail. Trail itself is well worn and easy to follow to the lake, steady incline makes for a good workout and test of cardio. Can be a nice day hike or camp overnight at the lake, my only caution is the trail can get pretty slick when its raining. The most recent time I did the hike it was raining hard, between the slick trail and me trying to push to the limits of my speed and endurance I slipped quite often and got fairly dirty, like greasy enough I could have been substituted for the pig in the old time greased pig race. Other than that caution its a great trail, steep enough to know you’ve climbed something but short enough less experienced or fit people can get there with a little effort. You with the option of camping or coming down in a day, definitely recomended.

on Siffleur Falls

hiking
3 months ago

one of my favorite hikes ever. beautiful canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

I only give thos hike a 2 because at this time I am not sure it theres a cougar in the area with a kill. There was a distinct musky / rotting smell just passed the end of the walk way.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice path towards the first falls. A bit more challenging after that but worth the effort for the view

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice trail! I definitely thought it was challenging with all of the elevation gain. There was a nice variety of terrain. I’m tempted to say it’s “hard” just because of how steep some of the parts are, which also makes it difficult to come down. Up at the lake, there are lots of spots to camp. It’s really quite beautiful up there! It is very windy and chilly, so make sure to bring a warm jacket. Hiking poles will be your best friend on this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

My friend and I hiked this trail on the weekend and camped out at the third set of falls for the night. The weather was perfect and the views were incredible.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Lots of fun and a great beginner overnight hike. Amazing campsites, but the put toilet was pretty nasty. Went around the lake and tried to follow the trail to the summit, but lost it a bunch of times and just ended up bushwhacking to find the trail. Eventually we found the summit. It looks a lot scarier than it actually is, and gorgeous views and cell service at the very top. We tried to follow the trail down from the summit, and once again the trail just stopped so we had to bushwhack again. The way down was really hard on the knees, especially with our overnight gear, but made good time. Took about 6 hours overall.

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