Stanley Glacier

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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A moderate climb to the hanging valley of Stanley Glacier. This trail differs in two ways from many of the other short hikes open in June in Kootenay National Park. Unlike other low-elevation trails, Stanley Glacier provides breathtaking views of Stanley Peak (3,154 m) to the south, its glacier, Storm Mountain (3,161 m) to the northeast, Mount Whymper (2,845 m), and Boom Mountain (2,760 m) to the northwest. Most important, it is heavily hiked. If you’re looking for the sanctity afforded by many of the other trails in Kootenay, begin your hike at 9:00 A.M., if not before. By noon this trail is packed with eager visitors—and for good reason.

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"A moderate climb to the hanging valley of Stanley Glacier. This trail differs in two ways from many of the other short hikes open in June in Kootenay National Park. Unlike other low-elevation trails, Stanley Glacier provides breathtaking views of Stanley Peak (3,154 m) to the south, its glacier, Storm Mountain (3,161 m) to the northeast, Mount Whymper (2,845 m), and Boom Mountain (2,760 m) to the northwest.

Most important, it is heavily hiked. If you’re looking for the sanctity afforded by many of the other trails in Kootenay, begin your hike at 9:00 A.M., if not before. By noon this trail is packed with eager visitors—and for good reason."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,198 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 6,398 feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Mount Goodsir, 82 N/1
Driving Directions: Directions to Stanley Glacier

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May 2018