The Mount Wapiti Trail is a challenging 9.7 km out-and-back hiking route in Elkford, BC that will take you up to the summit of the most visible peak from the town. Along the trail, you will climb uphill along the ski hill before working your way onto the ridge and pushing up the rocky summit for some breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. There are two distinct peaks on Mount Wapiti; however, the taller north peak is the true summit and will allow you to get the best views possible of the surrounding landscape.
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Route Description for Mount Wapiti
The hike up Mount Wapiti may only be an intermediate trek in terms of overall distance but the large elevation gain and technical terrain leading to the summit make this a challenging route that is sure to leave you exhausted by the end. Setting out from the trailhead, follow the route west as it climbs uphill along the ski runs, before working through the dense cover of the forest and up onto the ridge. From here, hikers will need to traverse the ridgeline to reach the two peaks of Mount Wapiti.
Enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountains with the town of Elkford below, as you traverse the first summit and move on to the taller north peak of the mountain. This stretch is a bit more technical, featuring a steep climb up a field of loose shale. Once you push your way up to the summit, you will be greeted with a spectacular panoramic view that includes the surrounding Rocky Mountains, as wella s the Columbia Valley and Purcell Mountains to the west. After breathing in the crisp mountain air, head back down along the same route to return to the trailhead.
Getting to the Mount Wapiti Trailhead
To access the Mount Wapiti trailhead from the Elkford Municipal Office, head west along Natal Road for 1.4 km, where you will find the trailhead.
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