West Kootenay Trail Topo Map

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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.

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Mar 2018