was able to 4x4 up to about 1km from the parkinglot, then stopped for snow & road erosion. Hiked about 1km up the trail(?) then just explored around the boulder field & trekked out. must go back in warmer season!

Attempted today but couldn't quite make it to drinnion lake. Lots of snow on the road, trail is under 2-6ft of snow. Will try again in a few weeks!

keep vigilant, the signs are small and directions confusing... we ended up stuck in snow on Drinnon pass.

Gimli/mulvy signs are around the 22km mark. you will see a red sign on a tree that says Bannock stay right and you will see the Gimli sign as it's kind of hidden.... if you pass a wooden fire service sign, you have gone too far.
the only Drinnon pass sign we saw was way to far!

FYI tow trucks do not go up this road.

1 month ago

Absolute hidden gem - breathtaking throughout and rewarded with a fantastic lake. More trails from the campsite at the lakes leading higher up. Went last August and saw the park rangers working on some new outhouses! Highly highly recommended.

4 months ago

So worth the gruelling hike up with overnight gear. The goats are very friendly and curious, no need to be alarmed. Keep your boots in your tent though, the goats will steal them! Views are spectacular and watching the sun set over dog ears is life changing. Bring a 4x4 truck with high clearance. We crossed two seasonal runoff creeks on the road up there and were forced to move a lot of boulders. The road is rough, steep and long. Amazing waterfalls to see all the way up though.

beautiful and moderate hike with few amazing look outs and fairy tale lakes.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Did this hike last year. Beautiful. Loved the goats!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

This is one of the more memorable hikes that I have done in the past few years. Getting to British Columbia, and then to the border of Valhalla Provincial Park was a considerable part of this "day hike". I did this as a day hike, and a considerably long day it was indeed. Were I to do it again....correction...WHEN I do it again, I will certainly bring camping gear, and press further into Valhalla Provincial Park.

I will not sugarcoat the realities of this trail. It is pretty tough. Much of the ascent to Gimli Ridge consists of considerably steep switchback trails. These are not the steepest switchbacks one might encounter hiking, but be prepared for a lot of walking up and down. This is not a Sunday afternoon stroll through the park with grandma and a picnic basket.

The views along the way are well worth the energy expended getting there. The view from the top is a worthwhile reward. I did it while there were large forest fires south of the border in Washington, Idaho, and Montana, so the sky was a bit smokey, but still clear enough to see the majestic view all around.

Getting There:

Heading north on HWY 6 after Crescent Valley, watch for a sign for 'Slocan Park' - a few KM later on the left will be Passmore Upper Rd, take this and cross a bridge. Continue straight, the road curves and a sign for Valhalla (40km) greets you. The km markers count down from this end, bear that in mind. Pavement ends soon after. Gravel road is 2wd appropriate, the last 2km of switchbacks to the trailhead have some rock debris, but no big deal.

Signs for Valhalla are clear at any major fork - continue along Little Slocan FSR. At about the 22km sign you will come across Little Slocan Lake FS Rec site - a great spot to free camp if doing Gimli or Gwillim lakes. A few meters later is a sign for Drinnon Pass, which is another hike in the park.

Continue straight until just after the 15km marker, take a sharp (signed) left to a T intersection that is unsigned, go left again. The km markers now start at 0.

At 5km stay right at the ambiguously placed sign. After 10km mark, stay left.

Again, most forks are signed unless the main road is obvious.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I have always meant to come back here because it was one of my favorite hikes I've done. The access is from Slocan. Subalpine wonders and and fishing on Drinnon lake. In the area? Go!

on Gwillim Lakes

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beautiful area. One of my favorite places on the planet. The scramble to the top of Lucifer Peak is a must. For the most part, the scramble is pretty easy...its the last 100meters that got a little sketchy for us.

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