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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.

Awesome canyon! Don't forget to get a picture with the red adirondack chairs! Short and easy!

Passed the trail crew on our way up and they cleared any debris. Only a few snowy sections that are boot-packed past the "trail end" sign up to the glacier. 4 hours round trip with a steady pace.

Loved this trail. We were concerned by the reports of snow and avalanche debris but the trail was entirely passable the view of the glacier was excellent. A step above "easy" is probably accurate given the climb for about the first 2km but after that it levels out and the scenery is totally worth. Lots of families on the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Conditions have changed in the past week. Most snow has melted. While avalanche debris is apparent, there were only 3-4 logs to step over. All good :). Recommend this hike as a notch above easy.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail with tons of life!!

hiking
6 days ago

on Paint Pots

walking
8 days ago

We didn't make it all the way to the glacier as it was too challenging with a 5 year old. The length and incline got to us.
We made it to a look out of sorts where we seen the glacier and got to watch and hear avalanches happen, which was super cool.
There is also a big section where there was an avalanche and you had to walk over fallen trees and snow.
The views were spectacular though. I would definitely do it again without a child and with more snacks.

This trail is not easy and should be re-rated by this app. It begins with the lion's share of the elevation gain in the first 2 km. Then it is a long trek to the end of the trail. Right now there is a large section of the trail that has been nearly wiped out by an avalanche. You will need to climb over fallen trees and scree. Once you get to the end of the official trail, it is about a half mile more until you get to the area where there is a cave. We had to travel over snowpack and rock scree to get part way, but decided to turn back because it was too far and too slippery to get any farther. Those with knee problems, you will need poles. There are lots of rocks and tree roots throughout this trail. It is beautiful area, but this was the second hike of the day for us and it was just too much. I injured my knee, so it took us about an hour longer on the return trip back to the car. It is long and, in places, difficult. Mostly, this is a moderate trail.

hiking
13 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail was heavily blocked by avalanche debris, but it had beautiful views. Hardly any tree cover, so the mountains are very visible throughout the trail. Did not make it to the lake because the snow and debris proved to be too difficult. (End of May, 2017)

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail was heavily blocked by avalanche debris, but it had beautiful views. Hardly any tree cover, so the mountains are very visible throughout the trail. Did not make it to the lake because the snow and debris proved to be too difficult. (End of May, 2017)

hiking
1 month ago

There is significant avalanche damage throughout a good portion of this trail - large trees, debris and snow cover at least a kilometre stretch through the middle portion of the trail (about 3km in), manageable if you are ready to climb, but wouldn't recommend for beginners. The trail is also a little hard to follow through these portions as the trees and snow are covering the trail. We made it 8.5km in but could not reach the lake as the last 1.5km of the trail was a steep incline and covered in fallen trees and 3-4ft of snow (in late May). Could possibly summit if you had ice pick and proper winter footwear but we didn't want to risk it. The majority of the trail is fairly easy terrain, aside from avalanche damaged zones. Also note, the bridge at the third river crossing is now non-existent and there is a large log in its place. We were able to cross on the log but we had to do a somewhat difficult shimmy down the riverbank to reach the log as the trail cuts off at a steep embankment. This national park was also affected by a wildfire and this trail takes you right through the burn zone. Re-growth has stated but bring sunscreen as you don't really have any tree cover. Beautiful views throughout, especially later on in the trail and very lightly trafficked (we only saw one other couple up there). I would recommend this hike but it may be better late June onwards so the last portion of the trail is more manageable and you can easily get to the lake!

backpacking
1 month ago

I took my 13 year old daughter on this trail last August and we had an amazing time! Stunning views.

hiking
3 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Cool views and lots of little bridges criss-crossing over the canyon. Tracked out so easy to walk in the winter without snowshoes. Nice place to stop for a little stretch or Great gateway to more trails!