Pyramid Creek Loop

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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8-11h
Distance
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19.6 km
Elevation
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1,626 m
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The Pyramid Creek Loop is a challenging 19.6 km lollipop hiking route west of Kimberley, BC, that will take you into the subalpine terrain for some spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks. From the top of the ridge, you will have a sightline that reaches across the valley and town of Kimberley below. With a large amount of elevation gain and technical terrain, this route is best left for more experienced hikers.

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Route Description for Pyramid Creek Loop

Although the name makes it sound like a nice creekside hiking loop, the Pyramid Creek Loop is a tough full-day climb through rugged terrain that is more suited for experienced hikers. With 1,626 m of elevation gain along the route, this challenging hike will more than likely leave exhausted by the day’s end. The trail sets out from the side of the road and heads through the forest to the northeast. Almost immediately, the trail will begin to climb steeply uphill as you work your way through the forested valley towards the loop portion of the hike. When you reach a fork in the trail, follow the path to the right to begin the loop in a counterclockwise direction. Here, you will need to climb uphill and traverse a few scree slopes on the way to the high point of the trail.

Once you reach the top of the ridge, you will have an amazing sightline that stretches across the Kootenay River Valley and includes all of the surrounding mountains. After taking in the views, head down the trail and follow the path to the right of the fork to make a different descent down the ridge alongside a larger scree slope. Once you reach the bottom, you will meet back up with the main trail and can follow it back alongside Pyramid Creek to the trailhead.

Getting to the Pyramid Creek Loop Trailhead

To access the Pyramid Creek Loop trailhead from Kimberley, drive southeast on BC-95A for 3.5 km and turn right onto St Mary's Lake Road. Continue on for 32.5 km, where you will find the trailhead on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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