Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

General conditions

While on the trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. Where possible, create two metres distance between you and other people by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. Safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to keep Kootenay National Park safe..

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.

Share your trail pictures with us! 

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

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Valleyview Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Loop Fair. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Numerous trees down on trail; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Restoration Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Campground Trail Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Juniper/Sinclair Canyon Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Sinclair Canyon Trail Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Moderate Kimpton Creek Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Numerous trees down on trail;  
Easy Redstreak Creek Trail Fair. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Numerous trees down on trail;  
Moderate Cobb Lake Trail Bear Warning. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Bear warning in effect; Trail details
Difficult Kindersley-Sinclair Pass Loop See comment section 22-05-2022: Seasonal Restriction: Hiking parties must be in a group size of four or more. The maximum distance between two individuals must not exceed 3 metres and should be less when sight or hearing is reduced by the physical surroundings. Each hiking party should carry bear spray with them; Snowbound; Avalanche terrain; Not yet maintained; Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Olive Lake Closed. 22-05-2022: Grizzly and black bears frequenting the area; Trail details

Kootenay River Area

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Dog Lake Trail Good. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Simpson River Trail Water on trail in some sections. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details

Rockwall Trail Area

CAUTION! Avalanche danger. You are responsible for your own safety. These trails are in avalanche terrain from November-June. Your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca or contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre (403) 522-1264

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
N.A. Numa Creek Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Floe Lake Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Numa Pass Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail;  
Moderate Ochre Creek Trail Caution. 11-05-2022: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Snow covered; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Rockwall Pass Trail: Rockwall Pass Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Rockwall Pass Trail: Helmet Creek Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Tumbling Creek Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Tumbling Pass Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail;  
Difficult Goodsir Pass Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail;  

Vermillion River Area

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Fireweed Loops Fair. 22-05-2022: Watch for ticks; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Most Difficult Honeymoon Pass Trail: Honeymoon Pass Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Most Difficult Honeymoon Pass Trail: Verdant Creek to Redearth Pass Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Hawk Creek/Ball Pass Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Moderate Stanley Glacier Trail Not recommended. 22-05-2022: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Snowbound; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 11-05-2022: Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Marble Canyon Caution. 22-05-2022: Snow covered; Slushy sections ; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots to Marble Canyon trail Caution. 22-05-2022: Avalanche risk, use caution; Snow covered; Unmaintained trail; Trail details