AVALANCHE SEASON IS HERE

Know before you go! Please visit avalanche.pc.gc.ca for the latest avalanche conditions. You can consult our staff at the Parks Canada visitor centres for further advice on safe trails.

Ice climbers and skiers alike should carefully consider their exposure to overhead terrain.

The Kootenay Visitor Centre is closed from October 15 to April 30, 2020.

For information, please call the Lake Louise Visitor Centre at 403-522-1264 or email pc.lakelouiseinfo.pc@canada.ca

Safety warning

Be bear aware! The bears are still awake.

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Have you been hiking in the last few days? Share a few pictures with us as well as your impressions. This will help us keep this report accurate for other hikers: pc.kootenayinfo-infokootenay.pc@canada.ca

Radium Hot Springs - Sinclair Pass Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Valleyview Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Restoration Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Campground Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Juniper/Sinclair Canyon Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Sinclair Canyon Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Moderate Kimpton Creek Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted;  
Easy Redstreak Creek Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted;  
Moderate Cobb Lake Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Difficult Kindersley-Sinclair Pass Loop Avalanche terrain. 02-12-2019: Avalanche terrain; Snow covered; Trail details
Easy Olive Lake Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow covered; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Kootenay River Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Dog Lake Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Simpson River Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Hector Gorge Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended;  
Moderate Dolly Varden Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended;  
Easy East Kootenay Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended;  
Easy West Kootenay Trail Snow covered. 10-11-2019: Snow at high elevation ; Dogs on leash permitted; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended;  

Rockwall Trail Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Floe Lake Trail Hazardous conditions. 19-11-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Avalanche risk: Complex Class 3 - top 2/3 of trail is highly avalanche prone. No avalanche risk first 3.2 km. Stop before first slide path; Trail details
N.A. Numa Creek Trail Closed. 04-11-2019: Bridge(s) out; Trail details
Moderate Ochre Creek Trail Icy sections, cleats recommended. 19-11-2019: Avalanche terrain; Snow at high elevation ; Avalanche risk: Complex class 3 - top part of Ochre Creek trail and beyond is avalanche prone. No avalanche risk the first 3.2 kms.Stop before first large avalanche path.; Trail details

Vermillion River Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Fireweed Loops Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Moderate Stanley Glacier Trail Hazardous conditions. 14-11-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Avalanche risk: Complex Class 3 - top half of trail crosses numerous avalanche paths. Lower section safe to 2.4 km. Stop at bridge over Stanley Creek; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Easy Marble Canyon Snow covered with icy sections. 10-11-2019: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots to Marble Canyon trail Icy sections, cleats recommended. 04-11-2019: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details