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Hard Hiking Trails

Hiking poles are useful for steep sections. Swift Mountain Summit Trail.
Hiking poles are useful for steep sections. Swift Mountain Summit Trail.

Here are some challenging trails. These are challenging because of one or more of the following factors: elevation, distance, time, steepness etc. It’s important to be cautious when setting out on a challenging hike. Ensuring you have good footwear and enough water is essential.

Here are some hard hiking trails

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Trail Name Distance (2 ways/loop) Difficulty Description Status Elevation Gain
Mt. McKirdy (meadows & cabin & ridge) 6 to 8.4 km difficultymost Great views of Kinbasket Lake; the Premier Range; and Mt. Robson. Alpine flowers. Can overnight in cabin (3km to cabin) (ski/snowshoe until June) 550m/1800ft
Lily Meadows (meadows & lake) 7.5-8.4km difficultymost Waterfalls and alpine lakes with meadows full of alpine flowers in June/July open (ski/snowshoe until June) 700-800m / 2625ft
Swift Mountain (Summit) 10km difficultymost Trailhead starts high up; still a steep climb and usually lots of mosquitoes open (ski/snowshoe until June) 800m/2600ft
Mica Mine Trail 9km difficultymost Often wet trail below opening to steep meadow and historic mica mine sites (with remaining mica flakes). Views of Mt. Robson and valley open (ski/snowshoe until June) 850m/2800ft
Mount Terry Fox / Teepee Creek 12/16.5 difficultymost Enchanting bluffs and waterfalls. Choice of several end points: lakes or big rock or peak open 840m/2750ft (lake); 1450m/4775ft (peak)