Ottertail Creek

Golden, British Columbia

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This easy backpacking trip skirts the Ottertail River, ending with prime views of Mount Goodsir, the Goodsir Glacier, and Sentry Peak. If you want to get to the good views faster, consider mountain biking the Ottertail Trail. This fire road’s gentle incline offers an easy, pleasant trip—whether you’re riding or hoofing it. The trail skirts the Ottertrail River on your right (south) and crosses a number of small creeks as it winds gradually upward through a forest of lodgepole pine, trembling aspen, and spruce. Early in the season, the trail may be quite muddy; we noticed several mud slides mid-trail when we hiked here in June. But because it’s south facing, it’s also one of the first longer trails in Yoho to become snow free.
Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

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Hiking Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks

by Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe (Falcon Guides)

This easy backpacking trip skirts the Ottertail River, ending with prime views of Mount Goodsir, the Goodsir Glacier, and Sentry Peak. If you want to get to the good views faster, consider mountain biking the Ottertail Trail. This fire road’s gentle incline offers an easy, pleasant trip—whether you’re riding or hoofing it.

The trail skirts the Ottertrail River on your right (south) and crosses a number of small creeks as it winds gradually upward through a forest of lodgepole pine, trembling aspen, and spruce. Early in the season, the trail may be quite muddy; we noticed several mud slides mid-trail when we hiked here in June. But because it’s south facing, it’s also one of the first longer trails in Yoho to become snow free.

©  Michelle Gurney & Kathy Howe/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 23.6
Elevation Gain: 902 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,937 feet
Top Elevation: 5,151 feet
Local Contacts: Yoho National Park
Local Maps: Lake Louise & Yoho (GemTrek Publishing); Lake Louise, 82 N/8
Driving Directions: Directions to Ottertail Creek

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