Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park: Hiking
Information for Hikers
- Trail Conditions Report [PDF] (September 20, 2021)
There is a fee for camping and cabin use in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.
Kokanee Glacier, Woodbury and Silver Spray Cabins are maintained and reserved through the Alpine Club of Canada. Woodbury sleeps 8 and Silver Spray sleeps 10. You must be prepared to camp out if the cabin is full.
For the winter season, from November 1 through to May 31, the occupancy of the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is limited to 15 and availability is offered through a lottery system managed by the Alpine Club of Canada - there is no availability for walk-ins, reservations are required.
The Kokanee Glacier Cabin accommodates up to 20 from June 1 through to October 31; this is the summer operating season. For the summer season, it is recommended that you make reservations if you want to be assured of a bed to sleep in. If the public chooses to walk-in and there are beds available, you can register at that time.
Several peaks and traverse routes can be reached from these cabins. These are only for experts with appropriate mountaineering skills and equipment.
It is recommended
for overnight stays that you surround your vehicle with chicken
wire to protect it from porcupines that like to chew on rubber.
Camping and hiking in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Following is a list of Kokanee Glacier’s various camping areas and the trails that meander through the park.
Gibson Lake Trailhead Loop Trail
Easy 2.5 km, on hour return hike,
elevation at the trailhead is 1,536 metres. Trail access is
from Hwy 3A, 19 km north of Nelson. Follow the gravel road for
16 km to the parking lot at Gibson Lake. Amenities include picnic
tables, pit toilet, a day-use shelter and fishing. There are
great views of surrounding peaks and old mine workings. Camping
and fires are not allowed.
Gibson Lake to Kokanee Glacier Cabin/ Slocan Chief Cabin Trail
Moderate, 8 km to Kokannee Glacier, 9.3 km to Slocan Chief, approximately 4 hours, elevation gain/loss: 590/100 metres. Stay on the trails
and camp only on constructed tent pads to protect the fragile
Gibson Lake to Kokanee Lake
Moderate, 4.5 km, 2 hours, elevation gain: 445 metres. While fishing, watch for marmots and pikas along the side of Kokanee Lake. Camping at this lake and feeding of any animals in the park is prohibited.
Kokanee Lake to Kaslo Lake
This is an easy 3 km hike; approximately 1.5 hours; elevation gain 40/100 metres. Facilities include
8 tent pads, pit toilet, bear-proof food cache, cooking centre
and a grey water pit. There is fishing in Keen, Garland and
Kaslo Lakes and beautiful alpine meadows, This is a fragile
area, so please stay on the trails and camp only on the constructed
Kaslo Lake (north end) to the Slocan Chief Cabin
Moderate, 1.3 km; .5 hours; this hike has an elevation gain of 105 metres.
Enterprise Creek to Slocan Chief Cabin Trail
Moderate, 10.2 km, 5 hours, elevation gain: 759/107 metres, elevation at the trailhead 1, 340. Trail is accessed from Hwy 6, 14.5 km north of Slocan City via Enterprize Creek FSR, however, this is closed at 5km. Hike or bike the remaining 8 km to the parking lot. Follow the logging road for 13 km (straight ahead at the forks---don't cross the creek) to the parking lot and trailhead.
Enterprise Creek to Tanal Lake
This trail is no longer regularly maintained. Moderate, 6.4 km, 3 hours, elevation gain: 409 metres. Good fishing is offered. Facilities include 2 tent pads, pit toilet, grey water pit and bear-proof food cache.
Tanal Lake to Kaslo Lake
This trail is no longer regularly maintained. Moderate, 2.5 km, 1.5 hours, elevation gain/loss is 245 metres/107 metres.
Enterprise Creek to Blue Grouse Basin Trail
Moderate, 6.4 km, 3 hours, elevation gain 540 metres. No facilities are provided.
Two trailheads are accessible from Hwy 31. Follow the logging road for 12 km to the Y-junction. Sunset Lake trailhead is at the junction. The trailhead to Woodbury Creek and Silver Spray cabins is 1 kilometre farther along the right fork.
Woodbury Creek To Woodbury Cabin Trail
Moderate, 8 km, 4 hours, elevation gain: 762 metres, trailhead elevation: 1,321 metres. The 8-person cabin, built in 1984, is located north of Woodbury Glacier with a tenting area nearby.
Woodbury Creek Trailhead to Silver Spray Cabin Trail
Difficult, 7 km, 5 hours, elevation gain: 1,016 metres. This trail is steep with many switchbacks. The 10-person cabin, built in 1994, is located south of Sunrise Mountain with a tenting area nearby. The area is rich in mining history and flower meadows.
Woodbury Creek to Sunset Lake Trail
Easy, 3 km, 1.5 hours, elevation gain 193 metres. Hike for two kilometres up the Scranton Mine Road to the trail. Enjoy the scenic views while fishing. Camping and fires are not allowed.
Lemon Creek To The Slocan Chief Trail
Moderate, 14.3 km, 7.5 hours. Access from Hwy 3A via 6 Mile Lakes Road to Lemon Creek FSR, turn right for approximately 4 km. This trail is semi-regularly maintained but may not be clear in some sections.
Lemon Creek to Sapphire Lakes
Moderate, 9.8 km, 5 hours, elevation gain: 950 metres. Facilities located at the east end of the lake include food cache, cooking centre, grey water pit and toilet. Some of the attractions are the old-growth forest, waterfalls and remnants of an old mine cabin. Camping is not allowed at Sapphire Lakes.
Sapphire Lakes, Lemon Pass, Kaslo Lake to Slocan Chief Cabin
Moderate, 4.5 km, 2.5 hours, elevation gain/loss: 105/320 metres.