Hector Gorge / East Kootenay Fire Road

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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This walk along an overgrown fire road is seldom traveled. You’ll gain limited views of the Mitchell Range. This hike travels along an old, overgrown fire road that traverses Hector Gorge (which you won’t see). You’ll gain the occasional view of Mount Selkirk (2,940 m) and Split Peak (2,928 m) of the Mitchell Range to your right (east), but your views will often be through the trees. If you’re intent on hiking a fire road, you may want to consider Dolly Varden (Hike 47) or the West Kootenay Trail. The trails on these hikes are well maintained. Follow the wide-open fire road east out of the parking area; this is the only section of trail that is well trodden. After hiking 200 meters you’ll cross the Kootenay River over a small bridge. At 1.3 kilometers, right before you reach the Vermilion River, you’ll come across a trail junction where you should head left (north). The trail to the right (south) used to link up with the East Kootenay Fire Road; however, the bridge at Daer Creek is out, and Parks Canada no longer maintains this section of the trail. Continue along the path and you’ll likely spot bright-red Indian paintbrush, oxeye daisies, and mauve fleabane, as your legs take a lashing from the unruly undergrowth
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 walk along an overgrown fire road is seldom traveled. You’ll gain limited views of the Mitchell Range. This hike travels along an old, overgrown fire road that traverses Hector Gorge (which you won’t see). You’ll gain the occasional view of Mount Selkirk (2,940 m) and Split Peak (2,928 m) of the Mitchell Range to your right (east), but your views will often be through the trees. If you’re intent on hiking a fire road, you may want to consider Dolly Varden (Hike 47) or the West Kootenay Trail. The trails on these hikes are well maintained.

Follow the wide-open fire road east out of the parking area; this is the only section of trail that is well trodden. After hiking 200 meters you’ll cross the Kootenay River over a small bridge. At 1.3 kilometers, right before you reach the Vermilion River, you’ll come across a trail junction where you should head left (north). The trail to the right (south) used to link up with the East Kootenay Fire Road; however, the bridge at Daer Creek is out, and Parks Canada no longer maintains this section of the trail. Continue along the path and you’ll likely spot bright-red Indian paintbrush, oxeye daisies, and mauve fleabane, as your legs take a lashing from the unruly undergrowth

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 5.9
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,773 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Spillimacheen, 82 K/16
Driving Directions: Directions to Hector Gorge / East Kootenay Fire Road

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