Paint Pots

EASY 25 reviews
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Paint Pots is a 1.9 kilometer out and back trail located near East Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
52 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

river

2 months ago

Such a simple walk but a very beautiful one:)

walking
3 months ago

An easy, short and rewarding hike to the very pretty Paint Pots. The views are great and the pots themselves interesting. There are signs along the trails to tell you about the history of the area.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail suitable for all ages. You can explore further trails, which are just past the paint pots, if you want more of a hike as this trail is very short. The day we visited, a Sunday, VERY busy!

5 months ago

Ballade intéressante mais un peu déçu par les pots, pas très colorés...

hiking
5 months ago

I wanted an easy hike for my mother-in-law and 4 yr old daughter to do and this didn't disappoint. The horse flies were bad near the paint pots but once we got back through the ochre beds they dissipated. My daughter loved wading into the river on the way back to the parking lot. It was a hot day so it felt nice even though the water was freezing.

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Absolutely amazing! Such a short little hike but totally worth it.

hiking
Thursday, July 25, 2013

The paint pots and ochre fields are the highlights of this hike. However, when placed into context with some of the other sights available on Highway 93, the paint pots are more of a side show than a main event. At the ochre fields leading up to the paint pots, there are interesting historical markers notating the use of the ochre by First Nations peoples, and the remnants of commercial mining of ochre prior to the foundation of Kootenay national park. The paint pots themselves are interesting geological formations, displaying a vibrance of mineral colors not often seen elsewhere in the Rockies.

One very important factor to note for anyone visiting in 2013 is that recent flooding has washed out the bridge that leads from the paint pots parking lot to the paint pots site. Access is limited to a trail-head leading from marble canyon, and the one way distance is approximately 3.3km (or 2.05 miles), not the 1.3 miles as indicated.

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