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Best trails in Kootenay National Park, Canada

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Looking for a great trail in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Kootenay National Park ranging from 1 to 11.4 miles and from 3,307 to 9,543 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The park is open year round, though visitor center hours vary. For complete hours, see: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/visit/heures-hours Admission and camping fees: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/visit/tarifs-fees

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Map of trails in Kootenay National Park, Canada
Park information
Acreage:
347,430 acres
Contact
250-347-9505
Top trails (33)
#1 - Stanley Glacier Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
The trail starts off by crossing a creek and then gains steady elevation on long switchbacks leading through new growth forest. There are amazing views of the mountainsthroughout, ending with an expansive view of the glacier in the distance. Show more
#2 - Marble Canyon
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 29 m
The prettiest little pull-off for an up close, quick peek of the glacier blue water. Very well established trail. Not too crowded. Perfect pit stop on the way to Banff.Show more
#3 - Floe Lake Track
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 12.0 mi • Est. 6 h 58 m
The trail starts at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. Once you break the treeline, the trail is relatively flat for most of the way, opening up to wide meadows where for several weeks in the Summer, you will be wading through fields of pink fireweed. The final ascent to Floe Lake near the end of the trail is the most strenuous, consisting of a series of steep switchbacks out of the valley. But the climb is worth it. When you reach the top, the view opens up to Floe Lake, an isolated glacial lake butting up against granite cliff. If you are backpacking and planning on staying the night, claim your campsite along the shore, which you will have reserved ahead of time. For backpackers, this is often the first stop in a longer, multi-day trip that continues over the nearby pass and deeper into the park, but for beginners, it can be done as a quick one night trip, allowing for greater leisure on the trail and at the lake.Show more
#4 - The Rockwall
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 36.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a multi-day hike in the Canadian Rockies, which offers a considerate amount of elevation changes between campsites, the Rockwall Trail is one of the hardest. It can be done South to North, starting at the Floe lake trailhead and finishing at the Point Pots or vice and versa. The trail includes several waterfalls, numerous creeks, many glaciers, alpine lakes and of course the famous Rockwall itself. This is prime grizzly bear habitat. Please exercise caution.Show more
#5 - Paint Pots
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 36 m
#6 - Juniper Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
NOTE: As of September 2020, there is an admission fee to park and use the park or you can use the Parks Canada Discovery Pass. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/visit/tarifs-feesShow more
#7 - Paint Pots to Marble Canyon
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
#8 - Dog Lake Trail
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
#9 - Rockwall Loop via Paint Pots
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 22.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
#10 - Numa Peak and Floe Lake Loop
Kootenay National Park
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 10 h 11 m
Starting from the Floe Lake trailhead to the stone bench intersection, make the north turn to go up the rock avalanche chute. Although it’s an unrelenting grind fest on rock scree that never lets up for the next 1,000m elevation gain, there are two or three really fun scramble sections you can choose to do, or you can simply avoid those and swing to either side. If possible - and to avoid slipping on scree as you ascend - try to find a rock wall to grip onto to make your life easier. Highly recommendable wearing gloves on the sharp slate rocks. Once up the avalanche slope, you will be able to see Numa Peak, which would be another 400m elevation gain - on scree yet again. The way to Floe Lake involves a bit more scrambling and walking along the ridge of the mountain, with sheer drops on either side that wouldn’t end well if something happened. The views when you arrive at Floe Lake are just breathtakingly gorgeous and other-worldly! On the way back to the trailhead, you will hike through the burnt forest, the result of a devastating 2003 forest fire, and will cross the photogenic, teal-coloured Show more
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