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From cactus to glacier Established in 1920, Kootenay National Park represents the south-western region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. From glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to the semi-arid grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Trench, where cactus grows, this park is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecology.

on Juniper Trail

1 day ago

Wonderful winter time stroll. Not very difficult but crampons are a must in the winter. Ends at a nice water feature. Great to do before a dip in the hot springs!

snowshoeing
3 days ago

incredible animal tracks all over trail- cougar? wolf? lynx?

Definitely bring spike or crampons with you in wintertime! :) nice and easy hike which offers a great view over the valley. Maybe you want to relax in the hotsprings half way? don't forget your bathing suit then

A nice easy hike through the trees, at the peak there’s a place to take pictures before heading down to the road by Sinclair Canyon!

This hike had a couple icy spots when we went but the views at the top were amazing!

walking
10 days ago

Very simple easy trail, barely a hike. Great views of the canyon and surrounding area through the whole way. Very busy when we went and unfortunately were seeing LOTS of people jumping the fenses and getting way too close to ledges for pictures.

hiking
21 days ago

Fairly easy trail, snow was well packed so didn’t use snowshoes. Nice hike, would do this one again in summer.

hiking
21 days ago

Have done this short hike several times in summer and it was just as beautiful in winter. Snow was well packed so didn’t use snowshoes.

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Easy trail with awesome scenic views.

hiking
22 days ago

We tried this trail in December, Great views,but very icy its better to have shoe spikes.

hiking
23 days ago

Great views, easy hike for all ages.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Great trail for snowshoeing in all levels and ages.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Great trail for snowshoeing in all lavels.

Extreme snowshoeing!! Not for everyone, trail is not maintained, deep snow, trees over the trail, wild animals, and physically challenged. when you finish you know what the meaning of surviving. will do it again for sure.

Started up at the hot springs went down juniper trail, across the highway and up to Redstreak, finished with a dip in the hot springs, moderate afternoon

hiking
1 month ago

Parked at the hot springs, hiked down this trail, down to the canyon and then across the road and up to the readstreak campground trail, finishing with a dip at the hot springs

3 months ago

Nice and easy hike and worth the stunning views. Especially beautiful when the clouds cover the valley below.

walking
3 months ago

Very beautiful little walk year round!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike up to the lookout before the loop - if you do the loop, start up the right side as you reach the waterfall sooner and it’s less steep/shorter than the alternative side where it’s a very strenuous hike up, especially with the loose terrain.

Nice hike, pretty easy going on the maintained trail. Once you get past that for the loop at the end it gets kinda sketchy, lots of snow on steep shale. There are a lot of big icicles that were starting to break off so would recommend moving as quickly as possible through the section that takes you directly beneath them.

hiking
3 months ago

October 15 hike

**review below : found half of an ice climbing spikes pair, black diamond, on the way back from the final loop. Left them under the wastebin at the trail head.

30M/32F/8 months old toddler in harness.
Quite the great hike. Starts off with a slight incline in a regrowth area with short pine-like trees. This part was muddy on the way back after the sunny day. After that you reach a forested plateau and cross a stream of ice-cold water. A little while later a last climb brings you to the openvalley with the glacier ocerhead, and you can see a plateau overlooking the valley in the distance. That’s where you can (its the best part really) head if you choose to do the last little loop after the marker saying this is no longer a maintained trail. It starts with a steep open climb/scramble after a little boulder area, culminating in (iced over at this point in the year and with some falling icicles the size of a person’s head at some point) some falls and caverns behind them. It gets easier then and you soon reach the plateau, with some little streams behind, quite gorgeous. You then climb back down in a scrambly way.
At this time of year after 2 cold weeks, the snow covers the trail and makes the scrambles a little strenuous and a bit dangerous, so walking poles are recommended. For the way up crampons also efficient (on the way down it hinders you in open snow). The wife was actually scared during the loop with the baby in the harness, but i repeat that it it the best part!
Took us all in all without breaks a good 3 1/2 hours, and we are usually a bit faster than average.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy walk with the kids and family. Keep left on the bridge colors are better in the summer, very brown and dark in the fall. Pretty scenery and great area to picnic in. Kids had fun on the bridge.

The entrance of this trail start just outside at Radium Hot Springs pool cashier entrance.... Easy trail specially from the pool descending the valley. Well maintained. Mostly in the wood but provided few nice views on the valley.

Very short but worth the visit! Super easy walk, no spikes needed but it’s muddy so hiking boots best. Very pretty self guided hike with a nice waterfall at the end. Almost too short!

Nice easy trail. Well maintained. Conditions were good even on October 11 th

Trail following a creek for few kilometres and continue in the mountains. Was icy in the middle of October

3 months ago

Nice trail. easy to moderate. Nice views on the valley. Good for cardio.

Did this hike today snow and ice on the last 1/3, crampons/cleats definitely required but worth the hike.

Oct 6, 2018- Cool views

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great hike with amazing views. Despite being cold and cloudy there was still a great view of the glacier. Up at the back of the loop we saw a family of ptarmigan, and on the glacial stream we met an ermine, and then on the way down from the caves we saw a friendly pika that even came out to meet our dog! Overall, a great day.

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