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Kootenay Backroads 2015

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What did you find out on the remote back roads!


The BC Sites and Trails website.

You must know the trail name from a list of the entire province sites.



There are a couple of BC Government websites
that may also post road and trail information.

(These are not completely current, but they are a guideline to what is open or closed.)

Here is the BC Government Rocky Mountain Forest District Road-Work Website.


The Summit Trail Makers Society - are a fabulous group that repairs and restores the local hiking trails.

2015 Road Forum
Date Road Name Description, Location, or GPS coordinates Other Details Sent From

July 5, 2015

Teepee Mountain to Saddleback Trail

We did turned out to be a 20 hr hike...and of course we should have followed your advice and do Saddleback to Teepee. I'm not sure if we didn't find the right trail down or if we lost the trail somewhere on the descent...but we lost quite some time hacking through the bushes coming down from Saddleback...;-) Also, the descent from Teepee to the ridge was borderline and rather dangerous. I think if I ever approach it again, I would bypass Teepee. Coming from Mt. Stevens, there is a little valley on the right which looks easy accessible (emphasis on looks like, since I have not tried it) and there should be an easy ascent from there to the ridge line.

I just posted a blog about it with lots of images: See it here.

As soon as it cools down a bit I will hike up Saddleback Ridge to see where we went wrong. Other than that it is quite spectacular up there.


July 4, 2015

Jumbo Pass road and trail

The road is excellent with all the new bridges, (but they pulled the last bridge after the trailhead on the way to the Jumbo/Developemtnt area. I guess they don't want anyone to see it.)

The trail is in good shape all the way to the top with several blown-down trees but accessible. Very busy with campers near the top tarns.


June 25, 2015

Cliff Lake Road Access and "Trail"

The road was OK, but the trail is really hard. Lots of blow-downs along the lower part and the upper sections are almost completely overgrown with alders. It was very hard to find the way up there. Exhausting, but we made it


June 24, 2015

HourGlass Lake Trail

Hiked up to Upper Hourglass Lake the morning of 24 June. Trail in good shape all the way to the talus slope and plenty of snow on the slope made for a very fast round trip from truck to the upper lake and back (note: requires caution not to lose control on snow). Plenty of snow on the hills and shoreline around the upper lake and not many wildflowers as yet.

P.S. thanks for hosting the Back Roads Forum on your web site - it`s very useful.


June 22, 2015

Meachen Creek Road to White Boar, HourGlass and Haystack

Up to White Boar Lake today. Road has a few large boulders on it at the beginning. Vehicles are still able to pass. Main road up has a bit of potholes, didn't notice any ruts or washboard. Branch off going up to White Boar was cobbled and a bit rough. Starting to become over grown. We were on a quad. Sides of a vehicle would most likely have the branches brush against them. A bit rutty from the run off waters. There was an SUV that didn't have much clearance in the parking lot. A jeep and a truck parked also.

Muddy at the entrance to the lake and the mosquitos were quite thick. Still unable to hike Around the lake due to slides from the past years. Glacier looked nice. A large crack in it and a few chunks bobbing around in the lake.

After White Boar we ventured the road to Hourglass Lake. Clear. Trucks and a smaller car in parking area.

Traveled up to Haystack entrance. Road narrowed. Quad worthy. Would only take a vehicle...truck... as far as the Haystack sign.


June 10, 2015

White River Washouts Forsythe River

Went up White Swan Road to Middle White River and Forsythe Creek and much of the roads are badly washed out.

See this link for amazing images.

Some taken from a flying drone over the road.


June 10, 2015

Elk Lakes Provincial Park

Most of the main trails in the popular part of the park will be closed all 2015. They were also closed all of 2014 season too.

Link for the Elk Lakes Park Trail Report


June 15, 2015

Perry Creek Road to Richmond Lake Trailhead

Hiked into Richmond Lake today. Trail is muddy and in some spots run off is occuring on trail. Trail still has snow around in spots by lake.


June 16, 2015

Mause Creek Road and Trail to Tanglefoot Lake

Here is just a quick report on Tanglefoot Lake. The access road is all clear, just a few little creeks running through. The trail is just like last year, still lots of debris from the big storm, but with the "short cut" easy to bypass.
Even though, it was a gorgeous hike with all the Glacier Lilies out and the weather being so nice.

The area around the tarns seems just to have thawed off and the lake is not yet accessible, the backside, right after tanglefoot Pass is still covered with snow...just as you predicted.


June 17, 2015

Baker Lake Redding Creek FSR

Drive to Baker Lake. Tried to get to Baker Lake on 16/06/2015. There is active logging just past Alki Creek, and first 2km of Redding Creek. The Redding Creek road is rough and bouncy. The Baker Lake/Baker Creek road is starting to washout and growing in badly. Never made it to trail head as second bridge is totaly washed out. Only way around is with quad.
Nice day for drive however.


2014 Road Forum

2013 Road Forum

2012 Road Forum

2011 Road Forum

2010 Road Forum

2009 Road Forum

2008 Road Forum

Also share your backcountry experiences of any kind with me! Save everyone the frustration of driving for hours on a backroad only to find the last bridge has been pulled or there is a huge impassible washout. Also tell us about the roads that are new, or rebuilt.

The East Kootenay stretches for 200 km north and south in the southeastern part of BC between the summits of the impressive Canadian Rockies and the height-of-land in the rugged Purcell Mountains. See Kootenay Maps

**** Janice Strong's Hiking Guide Book to the East Kootenay / Southeastern BC
Mountain Footsteps

**** See Also the Updates for Mountain Footsteps the Hiking Guide Book


Thanks to Summit Trail Builders in the Invermere area for their volunteer trail work.