Mt Crawford/Plaid Lake

Photo credit Lorna Robin Mt Crawford/Plaid Lake Access: The access via 12.6 km of logging roads requires high clearance vehicles, and 4wd for the last kilometre to the trailhead. There may be snow on the access road or trail until mid-July or possibly later. Rating: Moderate. The return trip from […]

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Sphinx Mountain Hike

Photo credit Lorna Robin Sphinx Mountain Hike – contributed by Lorna Robin Sphinx Mountain is a prominent double peak south-east of Crawford Bay, looking rather like an enormous single-person pup tent when viewed from the Kootenay Lake ferry, and usually covered in snow until July. Trailhead access: easy, via the […]

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Mount Loki

Mt. Loki Access: Easy. Portman Road is a good 2wd road with minimal water bars, however watch out for large rocks if you do not have a high clearance vehicle. Beware of possible logging truck activity. Rating: Moderate to challenging, depending upon your fitness level and how high you want […]

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  Rating: Easy to moderate. Short but somewhat steep, with some rough sections. Access: Easy. Drive: Follow Eastman Ave. through the small town of Riondel, and continue along the North Riondel Road 3.2 km to Tam O’Shanter Creek. Here the road changes from pavement to gravel. Set your odometer to […]

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Cannabis Lake Hike

Access: High-Clearance vehicles, 4WD in mud or snow conditions, 16.5 km on gravel roads, 3485 ft. elevation gain on road from km.0 at Crawford Bay Transfer Station. Rating: easy to moderate, total hiking elevation gain 1200 ft. Needed: guide or good route-finding skills, map & compass, GPS unit Hiking time- […]

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Haystack Mountain

  Submitted by Lorna Robin Access: Sanca Creek Road, 17.6 km gravel road from Hwy 3A to trailhead. A 2wd vehicle could be okay with careful driving, but high clearance is better, particularly for the last 2 kilometres. Rating: Easy to the small, marshy, but scenic lakes below Haystack Mountain. […]

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