Silver Spray and Woodbury Basin

Balfour, British Columbia

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No getting around it, the hike to the historic Silver Spray Mine and hikers’ cabin is a groaner that gains 3,400 feet in elevation in 4 miles. But the roaming opportunities and views of jagged peaks in the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park area of the Canadian Selkirks is worth the sweat. Besides, miners once made the trek laden with picks, shovels, and beans—and the beans weren’t freeze-dried, either. Modern hikers have more time than the miners to appreciate the scenery, such as the scattered alpine larch that light up with gold needles in late September. The trailhead for this hike also offers three other options important to consider up front.

Silver Spray & Woodbury Basin Professional Review and Guide

"No getting around it, the hike to the historic Silver Spray Mine and hikers’ cabin is a groaner that gains 3,400 feet in elevation in 4 miles. But the roaming opportunities and views of jagged peaks in the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park area of the Canadian Selkirks is worth the sweat.

Besides, miners once made the trek laden with picks, shovels, and beans—and the beans weren’t freeze-dried, either. Modern hikers have more time than the miners to appreciate the scenery, such as the scattered alpine larch that light up with gold needles in late September. The trailhead for this hike also offers three other options important to consider up front."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Balfour
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours or overnight
Season: Early July through early October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,990 feet
Local Contacts: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Local Maps: Slocan 82 F/NW or 82 F/14
Driving Directions: Directions to Silver Spray & Woodbury Basin

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May 2018