- Difficulty: Easy/Medium
- Warnings: No official warnings as of July 2023
- Wheelchair accessible: No
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? No
- Best seasons: Spring, summer, fall
- Distance (return): 3.6 km/2.2 mi
- Approx. time: 1–1.5 hr
- Elevation gain: 37 m / 120 ft
- Steepest grade: approx. 25%
- Viewpoints: 180 degree views from the top of the hill where there is a picnic table to enjoy your lunch and the view of Canoe Mtn, the Premier Range, and the Village of Valemount.
- Geocache points: Unknown
- Closest public bathroom/outhouse: Centennial Park
- Cell service? Yes
- Gear to bring: Bring 0.5L water per person and bug spray
A popular trail among locals, this trail begins as a wide flat gravel trail that follows Swift Creek for 1 km, then veers left into the woods and works its way steeply to a viewpoint. You can continue on this trail for a 10 km loop (Swift Creek Loop) or turn around at the viewpoint. The views are excellent for the brevity of the hike – more than 180 degrees with views of Canoe Mountain, The Village, and the Premier Range. You may sometimes spot salmon spawning beyond the bridge as this is one of their final nesting spots, however, they are more commonly seen closer to the Info Centre in Swift Creek and usually begin spawning in mid-August.
Best Parts: The views are wonderful for this relatively short hike. Walking along the creek is incredibly peaceful. You can ski or snowshoe the trail in winter.
Worst Parts: The last .8 km to the lookout is a steady uphill climb. The mosquitoes are bad during the early part of summer – but nothing a little bug spray or net shirt can’t handle!
Trailhead coordinates: 52.838632°, -119.267895° (Plug these into a GPS or Google Maps search bar)
How to access/where to park: Travel down 5th Ave through downtown Valemount, and cross the railway tracks, then turn left onto Main St and follow for 1 km. Parking is available on the west side of the road just before the bridge (across from the Golden Years Lodge). The trail starts immediately after the bridge on the right.
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Elevation change profile (metres and km). Click to expand.