Mount Niles and Niles Meadows

HARD 7 reviews
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Mount Niles and Niles Meadows is a 21.2 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
21.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,528 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

lake

views

trail running
1 month ago

The climb up to Sherbrooke lake is easy going but not much to see. Once you get to the lake though it just opens right up to some gorgeous views. The trail along the lake is really cool, it's right at the waters edge and even dips into the water a bit at points. It is full of roots and not too runnable (if you are trying to run like us) but easily passable if you just hike. It looked like it had been freshly cleared as well.

Past the lake is some climbing past a couple of waterfalls. Had to stop plenty of times for pictures.

At the top you get to a nice open meadow and you can see in all directions. Made us a bit cautious looking for bears here but none were encountered.

Past the meadow you enter the forest again. We got a little past 8km mark where there was some stream crossings. The water was moving really fast and obviously freezing cold. Was about knee to thigh deep. We turned around at this point as one of the bridges (aka timber over the stream) was knocked down and some in our group weren't comfortable with the speed and depth of the stream to cross. I'm 6'1" and went across ok for some pictures.

We did this trail July 6, 2018. No snow or snowfields were encountered at all (I would expect some though if we had continued to the peak). So much to look at pretty much entire route made it well worth doing.

hiking
5 months ago

Used this as approach to scramble up Mount Daly in August 2017. Made for a long 14 hour day but after three years of hiking in the Bow Valley, this is probably my favourite approach hike of all time. Will likely do this again this year to bag Mount Niles

hiking
11 months ago

The hike was really amazing with great views. There was a little bit of everything which made the hike really enjoyable. We made it nearly to the top but had to turn back as it was really rocky and didn't want to risk it with my dog. If you are going to climb up to the top it is really steep and loose shale, trekking poles are highly recommended.

hiking
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Niles Meadow is one of less than 20 hikes that I consider absolutely a must do in the Canadian Rockies. This is a hike for experienced hikers and the rewards are numerous. Careful planning is required for the climb above the Meadow and is perhaps the most rewarding part of the entire hike. As you enter the large Meadow the very faint trail to go further is on your right. In good weather this full day hike has waterfalls, vistas, stream crossings, one huge lake, and views that go forever.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017