Hiking Routes in the Slocan Valley
Hiking in the Slocan Valley and the surrounding areas is some of the best you will experience. From strolls along valley bottoms to high Alpine adventures, you’re sure to find a hike that suits your physical conditioning, interest and timeframe.
Our Valley Directory contains many hiking, cycling, and paddling opportunities and trails. Look for them under Outdoor Adventure. We are continually updating these entries with local conditions and adding more routes as people make them known to us. If you would like to contribute to the updating of these local routes (even if you just have an image you’d like us to show of a recent conquest), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A note about the hikes listed in our directory.
Distances are in KMs and are one way.
Degree of difficulty is subjective and rated for a reasonably fit person with an outdoor lifestyle.
Access is rarely (if ever) from a paved road. A rough road is quite rough, and a 4×4 road means you need a 4×4 and know how to drive one. Some access roads are only one vehicle wide in some places. In mountainous terrain like ours, the right-of-way goes to the vehicle heading down-hill – so brush up on your backing-up skills. Some alpine access roads are only open from July to October due to snowfall. These roads are prone to washouts in some places and may have water bars scribed into them to prevent washouts and erosion
Many of our trails are multi-use trails, meaning you may encounter other hikers, cyclists, horses or motorized vehicles. Horses always have the right of way, then people, then bikes, then motorized vehicles.
Hiking with Your Dog
Backcountry or Alpine trails and pets do not mix well, and in many cases dogs are not permitted in Provincial Parks. There are three really important reasons for this – your safety, the safety of your pet, and the ecology of this pristine terrain. Dogs can annoy bears- reeling a cranky bruin right back to you. Lost dogs rarely come home and are a real threat to wildlife (and livestock). Local farmers are permitted to shoot dogs that are worrying their livestock. So best to leave Fido in the comfort of his home. If you need to take Fido with you, do so only in areas where dogs are permitted, keep him on a leash and pack out his poo. Feces can transmit disease to wildlife.
For more information on Bear Encounters http://www.bearsmart.com/play/bear-encounters
Valhalla Provincial Park is a dramatically diverse area encompassing 30 kilometres along the west shore of Slocan Lake and most of the Valhalla range of the Selkirk mountains. The peaks are truly magnificent in the northwest; New Denver Glacier (2,758 metres) dominates the landscape while the block-shaped Devil’s Couch (2,667 metres)
and Hela Peak (2,717 metres) define the central area. Along the southwestern boundary is
an outstanding group of spires including Mount Dag, the Wolf’s Ears, Gimli, Asgard
and Gladshiem (all over 2,660 metres).