Paint Pots

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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This self-guided walk explores the history behind the area’s ochre mineral beds. If you’re interested in the history of ochre in the area, this hike’s for you. This popular interpretive trail explores how Indians and early settlers mined and used the burnt-orange-colored substance that one hiker described as “big orange mud puddles.” If you’re interested in the history of ochre in the area, this hike’s for you. This popular interpretive trail explores how Indians and early settlers mined and used the burnt-orange-colored substance that one hiker described as “big orange mud puddles.” From the trailhead you’ll enter a forest of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine, along with arrowhead balsam root and dogwood. At 200 meters you’ll reach a trail junction; branch left (south) for the wheelchair-accessible trail or continue straight ahead (west).

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"This self-guided walk explores the history behind the area’s ochre mineral beds. If you’re interested in the history of ochre in the area, this hike’s for you. This popular interpretive trail explores how Indians and early settlers mined and used the burnt-orange-colored substance that one hiker described as “big orange mud puddles.”

If you’re interested in the history of ochre in the area, this hike’s for you. This popular interpretive trail explores how Indians and early settlers mined and used the burnt-orange-colored substance that one hiker described as “big orange mud puddles.” From the trailhead you’ll enter a forest of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine, along with arrowhead balsam root and dogwood. At 200 meters you’ll reach a trail junction; branch left (south) for the wheelchair-accessible trail or continue straight ahead (west)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 1.3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,347 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Mount Goodsir, 82 N/1
Driving Directions: Directions to Paint Pots

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May 2018