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Kootenay Backroads 2014

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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.

2014 Road Forum
Date Road Name Description, Location, or GPS coordinates Other Details Sent From

July 25, 2014

Mause Creek Trial




I'm not sure if you are still maintaining the backroad condition forum, but wanted to let you know that we tried to reach the Mause Creek parking lot this morning. About 1.5 to 2 km past the Fisher trail head massive trees are blocking the way.



Looks like that could have happened during that storm Wednesday night....breaks look pretty fresh. No place to park and the turnaround there was challenging.


July 16, 2014

Mause Creek Trial




I spoke to Len Palajac from the Rocky Mountain Forestry District (250) 919-5523. He confirmed what you have reported regarding the Mause Creek road being open but the trailhead at the road’s end (trailhead for Tanglefoot Lake) being buried under avalanche debris. If we head out that way I’ll give you an update.



July 16, 2014

Hour Glass Lake Trailhead

Meachen Creek FSR

Len also confirmed that the Meachen Creek FSR is now open, enabling access to the Hourglass Lake trailhead.



July 16, 2014

Boulder Creek

The road to Boulder ridge has avalanche debris about 1 km up from the old metal cabin. ATV's can get past but not trucks as of July 1st. We hiked up to the ridge following an old logging road that starts about 100 m up the road from the cabin and follows the creek all the way to the old logging road where we used to park. It was quite an nice alternate route but you have to allow for more time and elevation.



July 14, 2014

Doctor Creek

Doctor creek, the bridge at 30 km is completely washed out and even tricky for ATV's. We didn't get any further than that. I do have a photo of that and will sent it.



June 24, 2014

Mt Evans Trail


Meachen Creek FSR to Fiddler Creek

I just completed a hike to the top of Mt. Evans. It was my third trip up there over the past 10 years. I was sad to see this hike omitted from the last edition of the your book because I think it’s a worthy trip, and comparable to an ascent of Mt. Fisher. I had my gps on. Here are my comments and observations from the day:

6.5km one way and 1405m elevation gain from the trailhead to the summit.
8-10hrs trailhead to trailhead return trip strikes me as a reasonable estimate of time for fit and experienced scramblers/route finders. (I was in a “fit” party of 4 with two dogs, and while we only took a couple of short breaks and didn’t linger on the summit, we completed the trip comfortably in 6.5hrs.)
Meachen Road is a bit rough in spots to the 14km junction with Fiddler and there is a Mt. Evans sign at this junction. Fiddler Creek FSR is in good shape due to recent logging further up the valley; trailhead is cut out and easily visible on the left 1.1km up the road.
Trail to the old cabin/basin in good shape with only a couple of snarly sections of recent windfall to negotiate.



May 21, 2014

Alki Creek

St. Mary's Area

We have cleared some boulders off the Alki creek access road so it is now in good shape for high clearance vehicles right to the trail head. The Alki creek trail has been cleared of deadfall almost to the old camp, about one hour up the trail. Snowline currently is around 5200 foot elevation with a few patches of snow below that. We have not yet been up the Pyramid creek trail this season but that is on the list to be done soon. Wood ticks are out and hungry.



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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.