West Kootenay Fireroad

Edgewater, British Columbia V0A 1E0

West Kootenay Fireroad

West Kootenay Fireroad Professional Review and Guide

"The West Kootenay fireroad is smooth, dirt track winding through a mixed wood forest of pine, spruce poplar and Douglas fir. It's a pleasant but non-too-exciting ride that connects the Kootenay Crossing warden station to the Crook's Meadow group camp."

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"Along this ride's 6.79-mile length, you won't get much in the way of views, but it makes for a nice woodsy excursion. The gradients are easy, and the forest is a pleasing mixture of lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, willow, and aspen.

The Central Rockies Wolf Project uses this area to live-trap wolves for tracking as part of its exciting research project. Once the wolves have been fitted with radio collars or GPS (global positioning system) transceivers, they can be tracked, and scientists can learn more about the movement and habits of this fragile population."

"Follow this well-maintained fire road to the Kootenay National Park boundary. If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, you can continue about 1.0 kilometer to an old bridge over the Kootenay River. There are no mountain views whatsoever on this trail, but if you’re looking for an easy hike along a nice wide-open fire road, or an excellent fly-fishing spot, this is a good pick.

In August you’ll spot a lot of oxeye daisy and bright-red Indian paintbrush, as well as the occasional glimpse of pearly everlasting and valerian. At 1.1 kilometers you’ll reach a trail junction; turn right (west) to travel the West Kootenay Trail. The old fire road is windy and wide open and is really quite fun if you’re on a bike. If you’re walking it can get a bit tiresome, as there’s nothing to see but trees and a few wildflowers. At about 5.7 kilometers the trail is slightly overgrown with grass."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
2 hours
Mid-May to mid October
3,937 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,937 feet
Top Elevation
British Columbia Forest Service, BC Provincial Parks, 250-422-4200
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Oct 2018