Paint Pots

EASY 9 reviews
#4 of 13 trails in

Paint Pots is a 1.2 mile 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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
262 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

river

hiking
4 days ago

walking
12 days ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 16, 2015

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

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 08, 2015

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.