Juniper Trail

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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This short trail leads you through cool forest to Sinclair Falls and one of the driest sections of Kootenay National Park, which offers views of the Columbia Valley. For an interpretive trail, this hike is surprisingly steep in places. But if you plan your route carefully, you can reward yourself afterward with a refreshing dip in Radium Hot Springs. That’s why we started the trail just past the Kootenay National Park west gate instead of the more popular starting point, the Radium Hot Springs parking lot. The trailhead is located on the west side of Highway 93 just past the Kootenay National Park west Gate. The first part of the trail descends 40 meters through a forest of lodgepole pine and western red cedar. This is the cool part of the trail, so enjoy it while it lasts. At 0.4 kilometer you’ll reach a trail junction. Turn right here and head toward Sinclair Falls and Radium Hot Springs. Just 40 meters later you’ll reach a directional sign for Sinclair Falls. Follow the trail 200 meters to your right for a great view of the falls, which have been carving a path through the underlying limestone for the last 10,000 years.

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"This short trail leads you through cool forest to Sinclair Falls and one of the driest sections of Kootenay National Park, which offers views of the Columbia Valley. For an interpretive trail, this hike is surprisingly steep in places. But if you plan your route carefully, you can reward yourself afterward with a refreshing dip in Radium Hot Springs. That’s why we started the trail just past the Kootenay National Park west gate instead of the more popular starting point, the Radium Hot Springs parking lot.

The trailhead is located on the west side of Highway 93 just past the Kootenay National Park west Gate. The first part of the trail descends 40 meters through a forest of lodgepole pine and western red cedar. This is the cool part of the trail, so enjoy it while it lasts. At 0.4 kilometer you’ll reach a trail junction. Turn right here and head toward Sinclair Falls and Radium Hot Springs. Just 40 meters later you’ll reach a directional sign for Sinclair Falls. Follow the trail 200 meters to your right for a great view of the falls, which have been carving a path through the underlying limestone for the last 10,000 years."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,624 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Radium Hot Springs, 82 K/9
Driving Directions: Directions to Juniper Trail

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May 2018