Pulpit Rock to Flag Post is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.1 miElevation gain2,135 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Michael Jones
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We hiked to Flag Pole, which is further than Pulpit Rock and more challenging. Did it during the heat wave and it was 37 degrees that day. I don’t recommend doing it in that type of heat as there’s not a lot of shade from half way up. There’s a more difficult or easier split, going the more difficult has a couple sketchy parts where you’re almost vertical rock climbing, which I wouldn’t recommend if you had a heavy backpack on as you could slip and go for a pretty gnarly rid off the side of the cliff. View is worth it. Wouldn’t hike it again tho

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Omar Alsaman
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David Kittner
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A short but steep hike with great views looking down on Nelson and surrounding area. We got off course a little on the "difficult" ascent but having the map downloaded ahead of time we were easily able to get back on track. Super views from the Flag Pole Summit and we'll worth the effort!

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Kirsten Postnikoff
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Katrina Froese
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Rob Schertzer
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Very rewarding hike and superb trail building with lots of switchbacks. For the Pulpit to Flagpole, we took the difficult (black diamond) approach which I STRONGLY DISCOURAGE because of a couple of dangerous scrambles where you need to be sure of your handholds and foot placement. We might have been off-trail for this portion so perhaps our fault. The easy route was so much nicer that we went down and would be a safer bet for both directions unless you have a local guide familiar with the route for the harder trail. Very rewarding views!

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Ben Berg
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Good trail with nice views. The last km to the tower was a waste of time, as it’s all in forest with no view- no view at / from the CBC tower either. Recommend going to the ridge prior to the tower for great views and turn around there. Don’t bother with the last 1 km.

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Tyler Caswell
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The hike was awesome and has spectacular views of Nelson and the valley. There were a few people butthurt about the hike below, but overall, I would say it’s a harder moderate hike but definitely worth the views!

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Georgia Carter
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This hike was a challenge, despite its short length! If you choose to go all the way to the flagpole and opt for the ‘difficult’ trail, be prepared to climb rocks! The path is not always clear to follow. Still, the view was worth it!

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Shae Mo
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This is not a moderate hike. I have been to many moderate and hard hikes and this was very challenging. Imagine gaining 600 m elevation in 3km distance. Dont make the mistake to do the loop for the flagpole. The loop when coming back is very steep and some places dangerous. There are points that you have to climb down cliffs and it was scary. The trail was very difficult to find on the way back from the flagpole and we had to use the alltrails map constantly. Overal didn’t enjoy the hike. It is not worth it.

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Filipe Recla
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Serkan Altay
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Despite the “moderate” rating, this is very much an up-hill home to the very top with some very steep areas. There are “easier” and “more difficult” routes indicated throughout the hike, hence the “moderate” overall rating. I exercise regularly and the “difficult” section lived up to its name. Worth the hike for the incredible views.

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Andrew Lee
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Did the Pulpit Rock and Flagpole Trail, then hiked beyond them on a well trodden path that leads right up to the Old Tower, which connects to the forest road on the other side of the mountain overlooking Nelson The views were not open from the Old Tower, so not really worth the extra kms except to say I went to the summit, well past the point most hikers get. I can also say I took off my barefoot shoes and went truly barefoot the entire way down, almost 6.5 km!

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Mel Wong
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This was an enjoyable hike that is fairly easy going up to Pulpit Rock. Worth a stop there but it can get pretty busy. For ones that want more of a challenge, the hike up to the Flag Post is worth the extra effort.

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Kerry Brinkert
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The hike up to Pulpit Rock and beyond to the flagpole is Nelson classic. It’s all uphill all the time, although the first section - to Pulpit Rock - is on on a super well maintained, and highly used path, and then beyond, depending on your trail choice is another story. I picked the more difficult of the two choices beyond Pulpit Rock and it was seriously steep in sections with a bit of exposure here and there. I took the easier way down and would recommend it for both ascent and descent. The view from the the top is incredible and well worth effort. I did find a massive fresh pile of bear poop about 50 meters from the flagpole so bring your bear spray if you intent to go beyond Pulpit Rock.

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Danielle Prinster
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Great trail overall. Rocky and rooty sections. Hiking boots are a must if you are going to do the difficult section after the Pulpit Rock viewpoint up to the flag pole. (It is Straight up!) We chose the difficult routes on the way up and the moderate routes on the way down. Took 2 hours round trip. Views of Nelson from the flagpole are beautiful

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Lisa Nicole
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70 min up! 2.5 hours total.

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Blake Burbank
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Freeman Smith
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nice hike close to the city. easy switchbacking trail with some descent views of the city and beyond. dry today. busy on weekends. poles for the way down.

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Steven Lapp
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zoe shuchter
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Jaden Godfrey
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Such beautiful views once you reach Flag post. We took the easier (to the west) trail up and wasn’t too bad to get up. However we saw signs of bear and heard something large in brush so be aware. Coming back down we mad the mistake of taking the hard way and you basically have to slide down on your butt. Overall a great hike and easy to find

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Joe Binney
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Clocked it over 5 miles round trip to the flag pole!

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Manuel Seguin
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Nice trail, close to town easy to locate, beautiful views. The some parts of the trail have a Easy detour, I would recommend using it especially when the trail is wet or slippery. I used the “hard” way on the way up and it was fine but the trail was bone dry.

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Tammy Elcome
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