Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Stunning views! I was surprised at how few people were on the trail, but certainly not complaining :)

It was a nice hike and the views were spectacular!

Trail not easy to find in most places , when in doubt stay left on west slope , left of highest rock point you see as climbing

hiking
25 days ago

Amazing hike! Perfect weather and a great view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. We did the hike in around 4h 15m including breaks but it could easily have been done faster if we had brought food for our long break at the top...

hiking
25 days ago

What a nice hike. Well marked. I would recommend it to all.

hiking
28 days ago

The trail has a good balance of everything. It’s pretty steep all the way up but not so steep as to make it unenjoyable. You start off in trees and make it up to a rocky ridge. Then hike back down into a valley with trees where the lake is. We went in mid May and the lake was still pretty much frozen solid so we couldn’t fish. Great overall day hike me and my buddies made it up and down in exactly 3 hours with 5 pound day packs.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail to the first falls is well maintained. Falls are gorgeous. The trail to the second and third falls is narrower but simple to navigate. Just before the third falls the trail is completely washed away and to return to the path you have to go down and up a steep embankment.

Always love stopping in and exploring a little more. Dog liked it but would have enjoyed it more if he was off leash

First backcountry backpack trip, and let me tell you. There’s an absolutely stunning lake and view from the top. BUT if you aren’t an experience backpacker, this isn’t the first place you should be going. With overpacked bags, took my group and I about 3.5-4 hours to get to the lake and about 2 hour decent. There were points where anxiety would set in just thinking about having to go back down. Sweet place but don’t recommend unless you have SOME experience in hiking and packing for such trips. I will be doing it again this summer (2018) but will pack my sack completely different! Hope this helps someone!!!!

P.S.: no canned food and no “what if” items.

hiking
3 months ago

My boyfriend, dog, and I really enjoyed this hike! I highly suggest keeping your dog on a leash and harness at ALL TIMES. There are marmots along the edge of the cliff just past the river that enjoyed taunting our dog and some areas where you are walking on the edge of a
100 ft+ cliff drop. This trail has very light traffic on the week days, be sure you have everything you need before starting your exploring.

Overall the trail was easy with a couple challenging steep areas with loose dirt and rock. Take mind on the way down: there are a couple points where the trail splits. We accidentally took a right where we should have gone left which led us down a very steep trail that at first looked well travelled, but came to an abrupt dead end. Keeping a steady pace with a few water/snack breaks, we completed the trail in 5.5 hours (including the time from back-tracking from heading down the wrong trail).

hiking
4 months ago

I love this hike in the summer so I decided to try it in the winter and it was wonderful! It was challenging in spots but it was fine! Due to all the snow I took a wrong turn and couldn’t find the lakes. However, I did manage to scale my way up to the summit which was amazing! And the snow made it a lot of FUN for me and my pup to slide back on down!

hiking
4 months ago

Highly recommend giving this hike a chance in the winter hikes as well! It was still easy and my pup loved it! It is gorgeous and it is peaceful! And who doesn’t love frozen Waterfalls?

I’ve done this hike a few times now. He most recent was Jan,3,2018 there wasn’t to much snow at all! Crampons would be a good thing to have and some polls. It’s a hard trail but definitely a god day hike it take about 4 hours in and out!

backpacking
7 months ago

Went here may long weekend with friends... this was the second time I’ve done this trail. I did it in July a few years back and it snowed on us. This time in may the lake was still frozen. Amazing hike and great views with camping areas. The trail is steep in areas but well worth the challenge.

hiking
8 months ago

It is a beautiful hike!

Nice trail all the way to the lake. Took just over an hour at a good pace. Pretty tough trek up to the peak with loose shale all the way up. Not recommended for beginners. Just under an hour to highway, would do again!

Great easy hike for the family. Well worth going past the first falls, the views are almost better.

Long but easy hike. Nice scenery the whole way. Good trail that gets a bit tighter after the canyon but rewarding the further you go (in my opinion).

hiking
9 months ago

longer than expected, but good! good views, nice treed spots, easily marked, lakes a good stop to eat, camp and fish!

hiking
9 months ago

Very steep. Not recommended for those who are unfit. We made it up in 2 hours and 15 minutes and down in 2 hours. Challenging with many different types if terrain to keep things interesting.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous hike but definitely not an easy one! Steep climb all the way up and can be quite slippery on the way down because of the loose rocks.
Except that, the view all the way up and once at the top is amazing!

on Siffleur Falls

9 months ago

Gorgeous and easy walk to first falls! To get to second and then finally third waterfalls (smaller) the path gets very narrow and a few steep up and downs. There were some older and younger people having trouble here. It is very long in between first and third falls. The walk high above river and canyons is gorgeous past the first falls! I would say the second and third falls are not totally worth it if you are travelling with children, just walk past first falls for sure a bit and look at river and deep canyons and then head back.

hiking
10 months ago

I loved doing this trail!!! I'm pretty much inexperienced with long hikes like this but it's definitely doable. Had to stop and take a breather a few times, but only took me 2 hours to get to the lake. About 1 hour to get back down.

A reasonably tough slog but a great adventure! Steady elevation gain. Nice lake at the top. A bit smokey so the views today were obscured. Would plan to camp at the lake next time instead of doing out and back in a day.

hiking
10 months ago

Very rewarding hike. I went last week. The hike is very beautiful. Recommended for sure. Lots of fish in the lake up in the mountain and very recommend bring a fishing rod.

Our group was made of varying fitness and we managed to make it to the lake in two hours and twenty minutes. The descent took an hour 45. I would recommend trekking poles because the trail is quite steep both ways and with the loose shale it would be easy to lose your footing and yard sale down the trail.

We did this hike with our three children ages 9 and 6. We found it very easy, with very few elevations, it was just long. The falls at the end were beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Tons of fun, a good hike if you are looking a challenge.

Very picturesque. Great way to spend the day. Very busy up too the first "falls". (In my opinion it's just a rapid not a waterfall... but pretty nonetheless). Nice hike along the river.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!!!! It's quite the trek up but totally worth it!

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