Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake, Kaslo Lake, and Garland Lake

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Kokanee Glacier Park

Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake, Kaslo Lake, and Garland Lake is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,414 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching




no dogs

9 months ago

Go from here to Sapphire lakes to find the fifth star.

Amazing Trail, well maintained and easy to follow, beautiful views all the way to the Kokannee Glacier Cabin. It you go pass the cabin for about 5-10 minutes to Enterprise pass there’s a stunning view on the Glacier.

Great hike! A lot of mosquitos in places (especially near water and in rocky areas) but this was manageable. Amazing views of nearby peaks, partially covered by snow. Toughest at the beginning. Caught sight of one black bear in some trees just off the trail about 2 km in.

Wed Aug 22 2018

One of my favourites. Best to head up early so you can avoid the trail traffic, but once you hit Kokanee Lake, it thins out. Pretty smokey up there right now, but still worth it!

Thu Jul 26 2018

Hiked this trail every year for 4 years. Absolutely beautiful

Fri Sep 29 2017

It looks like a lovely place to hike but no where does it say that dogs are prohibited until AFTER you’ve driven up the 16k dirt road. I recommend the park service let folks know at the bottom of the hill. Still, I plan on returning as it looks lovely. Don’t try driving up in a low clearance vehicle.

Wed Aug 02 2017

The 10 mi road to the TH is challenging for street-only vehicles. The trail rises steadily to a string of stunning subalpine lakes. Nelson was 92 and blanketed in smoke, but it was 75 and nearly clear on the trail. Well worth the drive and hike.

Wed Jul 06 2016


Thu Dec 03 2015

Such a beautiful hike! Once you get close to the lakes the scenery is greener and the hike is more enjoyable. We didn't hike all the way to the glacier, but stopped for a picnic in the valley where we could see the glacier. Definitely a good hike to do in the summer. We went in August and the lake water was freezing so don't anticipate swimming! Good for a refreshing/freezing dip if you're into that!

Mon Mar 24 2014

Hiked in to the center of the park and stayed at the Slocan Chief Cabin. First time was with my wife in the late 70's from the Nelson side from Gibson Lake and then again in the early 80's with Ken and Kelly Kern from the Slocan side via Enterprise Creek. It's not a really big park, but packs in a lot of spectacular scenery.

Tue Jul 30 2013

Breathtaking. Completed the hike in late July, camped at Kaslo lake. Beautiful glacier, wildlife, lakes, rocks, everything! Looking forward to returning in the fall!

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