West Kootenay Trail

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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Follow this well-maintained fire road to the Kootenay National Park boundary. If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, you can continue about 1.0 kilometer to an old bridge over the Kootenay River. There are no mountain views whatsoever on this trail, but if you’re looking for an easy hike along a nice wide-open fire road, or an excellent fly-fishing spot, this is a good pick. In August you’ll spot a lot of oxeye daisy and bright-red Indian paintbrush, as well as the occasional glimpse of pearly everlasting and valerian. At 1.1 kilometers you’ll reach a trail junction; turn right (west) to travel the West Kootenay Trail. The old fire road is windy and wide open and is really quite fun if you’re on a bike. If you’re walking it can get a bit tiresome, as there’s nothing to see but trees and a few wildflowers. At about 5.7 kilometers the trail is slightly overgrown with grass.

West Kootenay Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Follow this well-maintained fire road to the Kootenay National Park boundary. If you’re looking for a quiet place to fish, you can continue about 1.0 kilometer to an old bridge over the Kootenay River. There are no mountain views whatsoever on this trail, but if you’re looking for an easy hike along a nice wide-open fire road, or an excellent fly-fishing spot, this is a good pick.

In August you’ll spot a lot of oxeye daisy and bright-red Indian paintbrush, as well as the occasional glimpse of pearly everlasting and valerian. At 1.1 kilometers you’ll reach a trail junction; turn right (west) to travel the West Kootenay Trail. The old fire road is windy and wide open and is really quite fun if you’re on a bike. If you’re walking it can get a bit tiresome, as there’s nothing to see but trees and a few wildflowers. At about 5.7 kilometers the trail is slightly overgrown with grass."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 12.9
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,101 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay National Park
Local Maps: Kootenay National Park (GemTrek Publishing); Spillimacheen, 82/K16
Driving Directions: Directions to West Kootenay Trail

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May 2018