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Kootenay National Park

Short Hikes and Walks

Walkway at Marble Canyon 
Marble Canyon Trail © Parks Canada

Shorter interpretive trails provide an opportunity to take a stroll while learning about the unique mountain habitat. Follow a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk around blue-green Olive Lake, or explore the Fireweed Trail for an unforgettable lesson about wildfire and forest regeneration.

Trail Distance (km) Time Elevation (m) Description
Easy Trails
Juniper / Sinclair Canyon 6 2 hours 260 A scenic trail through open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Features views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls.
Redstreak Campground 4.6 1.5 hours 30 An easy walk through a cool, wet forest from the campground to the hot springs. Viewpoints en route.
Redstreak Loop 2.2 45 minutes 90 Sunny exposure and clear views across the Columbia Valley to the Columbia Mountains outside of the park.
Redstreak Restoration 1 20 minutes 5 Walk through meadows reborn by prescribed fire on this gentle interpretive trail. Watch for bighorn sheep.
Valleyview 2.4 45 minutes 125 A steep trail connecting the village of Radium Hot Springs with Redstreak Campground. Good views of the Columbia Valley.
Redstreak Creek 4.6 1.5 hours 195 A cool forested path. Ideal in the early season.
Olive Lake 0.5 15 minutes 0 A short interpretive loop and boardwalk around a small, quiet lake. Fully accessible.
Cobb Lake 5.4 2 hours 190 A pleasant forested trail which descends to Swede Creek then ascends briefly to a small lake encircled by forest.
Dog Lake 5.2 1.5 hours 40 Leaving McLeod Meadows Campground the trail crosses two suspension bridges over the Kootenay River then takes a forested route to a scenic lake overlooked by peaks of the Mitchell Range.
Paint Pots 2 40 minutes 25 Iron-rich pools and ochre beds, culturally significant to indigenous people including the nearby Ktunaxa Nation.
Marble Canyon 1.6 30 minutes 20 A popular trail atop a narrow and dramatic limestone and dolomite gorge eroded by the pounding waters of Tokumm Creek.
Marble Canyon to Paint Pots 6.8 2 hours 40 Lots of variety. Mature and burnt forest with beautiful riverside sections.
Fireweed Loops 0.5 & 2 30 minutes 20 The drama of a lightning-caused fire that swept through Vermilion Pass in July 1968 and the vibrant life of today's regenerating forest. Burnt tree snags form part of interpretive exhibits.

Trail Descriptions

For maps, detailed route finding and trail descriptions, visit the Kootenay Visitor Centre or purchase a hiking guide book and topographical map.

Juniper - Sinclair Canyon 

Length: 6 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: 260 m
Trailhead: Parking area just inside the park's West Gate; OR above the Radium Hot Springs Pools main parking lot.
Habitat: Arid and cedar forests, canyon, and creek

Description: A scenic trail through open Douglas-fir forest along the edge of Sinclair Canyon. Features views of the Columbia Valley and verdant Sinclair Canyon falls. Google Street View: Juniper - Sinclair Canyon

Redstreak Campground

Length: 4.6 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: 30 m
Trailhead: “H” Loop of Redstreak Campground OR Radium Hot Springs Pools.
Habitat: Cool, moist forest connecting the hot pools and campground.

Description: An easy walk through a cool, wet forest from the campground to the hot springs. Viewpoints en route.

Redstreak Loop

Length: 2.2 km
Hiking time: 90 minutes
Elevation: 90 m
Trailhead: “E” Loop of Redstreak Campground
Habitat: Open forest, rocky bluffs, views over the valley.

Description: Sunny exposure and clear views across the Columbia Valley to the Columbia Mountains outside of the park. Google Street View: Redstreak Loop

Redstreak Restoration

Length: 1 km
Hiking time: 20 minutes
Elevation: 5 m
Trailhead: Access from Redstreak Campground. Take the first right after the entrance. Parking lot is on the right.
Habitat: Grassland restoration area, watch for bighorn sheep.

Description: Walk through meadows reborn by prescribed fire on this gentle interpretive trail. Watch for bighorn sheep. Google Streetview: Redstreak Restoration. Google Street View: Redstreak Restoration

Valleyview

Length: 2.4 km
Hiking time: 45 minutes
Elevation: 125 m
Trailhead: Redstreak Campground entrance, 2.5 km east of Radium Hot Springs; OR parking area 1 km before the entrance; OR behind the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre.
Habitat: Douglas fir forest, grassland, watch for sheep.

Description: A steep trail connecting the village of Radium Hot Springs with Redstreak Campground. Good views of the Columbia Valley.

Redstreak Creek

Length: 4.6 km
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 195 m
Trailhead: Small parking area on the south side of Highway 93 South, 6 km east of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Douglas fir forest with an interesting blowdown.

Description: A cool forested path. Ideal in the early season.

Olive Lake

Length: 0.5 km
Hiking time: 15 minutes
Elevation: none
Trailhead: South side of Highway 93 South, east of the Radium Hot Springs pools.
Habitat: Forest, small lake and a boardwalk.

Description: A short interpretive loop and boardwalk around a small, quiet lake. Fully accessible.

Cobb Lake

Length: 5.4 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: 190 m
Trailhead: South side of Highway 93 South near the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint.
Habitat: Pleasant lake at the end of a forest trail.

Description: A pleasant forested trail which descends to Swede Creek then ascends briefly to a small lake encircled by forest.

Dog Lake

Length: 5.2 km
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Elevation: 40 m
Trailhead: McLeod Meadows picnic area, 28 km north of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Beautiful lake in an area of high wildlife activity.

Description: Leaving McLeod Meadows Campground the trail crosses two suspension bridges over the Kootenay River then takes a forested route to a scenic lake overlooked by peaks of the Mitchell Range.

Paint Pots

Length: 2 km
Hiking time: 40 minutes
Elevation: 25 m
Trailhead: Paint Pots parking lot, 86 km north of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Culturally significant ochre deposits. Watch for bears.

Description: Iron-rich pools and ochre beds, culturally significant to indigenous people including the nearby Ktunaxa Nation.

Marble Canyon Trail

Length: 1.6 km
Hiking time: 30 minutes
Elevation: 25 m
Trailhead: Marble Canyon parking lot, 89 km north of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Limestone gorge, burnt forest, many small mammals.

Description: A popular trail atop a narrow and dramatic limestone and dolomite gorge eroded by the pounding waters of Tokumm Creek.

Paint Pots to Marble Canyon

Length: 6.8 km
Hiking time: 2 hours
Elevation: 40 m
Trailhead: Marble Canyon parking lot, 89 km east of Radium Hot Springs OR Paint Pots parking lot, 86 km east of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Mature and burnt forest, with riverside sections. Watch for bears.

Description: Lots of variety. Mature and burnt forest with beautiful riverside sections.

Fireweed Loops

Length: 0.5 and 2.0 km
Hiking time: 30 minutes
Elevation: 20 m
Trailhead: Continental Divide parking area, 96 km north of Radium Hot Springs.
Habitat: Forested trails through an old burn. Watch for small mammals.

Description: The drama of a lightning-caused fire that swept through Vermilion Pass in July 1968 and the vibrant life of today's regenerating forest. Burnt tree snags form part of interpretive exhibits.


Map of Radium Hot Springs Area

Map of the village of Radium, British Columbia
Radium Hot Springs Area Trails© Parks Canada

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