Cabin Trail

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7.7 km
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884 m
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The Cabin Trail is a 7.7 km out-and-back hiking route outside of Fernie, BC, that climbs into the Lizard Mountain Range to reach the Thunder Meadows Cabin. Hikers will need to use their route-finding abilities to pick up and stay on the trail, so this route is geared towards experienced hikers rather than beginners. Along the trail, you will have a spectacular view across the alpine terrain of the valley, including the majestic sight of Mount Fernie, the Three Sisters, and Mount Proctor directly to the north.

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Route Description for Cabin Trail

The Cabin Trail is an awesome outdoor adventure in the Fernie area that you can complete in a single day, but it’s also a fun way to spend a night in the mountains if you can book an overnight stay in the Thunder Meadows Cabin. To make your way up through the mountain pass, you will need decent route-finding abilities as the trail is difficult to discern in some places, and the orange trail flags and rock cairns are not always easy to spot. Additionally, hikers should always check for trail closures, as bear and moose activity in this area frequently restricts access to this route.

The trail sets out from the side of Mount Fernie Park Road and heads west through a beautiful stretch of forest before turning to the south to begin the ascent of the pass. The initial part of this hike will be very steep, and once you break into the alpine terrain, you will need to utilize your route finding skills to locate the route uphill. Direct yourself a bit to the right of the large rock mound that sits in the middle of the channel to make your way through the pass and down to the cabin below. Take some time to explore the picturesque alpine terrain around the cabin and the small lake before heading back along the same route to return to the trailhead. On the return journey, you will have amazing views over Island Lake and the mountainous expanse across the valley to the north.

Getting to the Cabin Trail Trailhead

To get to the parking area and trailhead for the Cabin Trail from Fernie, drive to the southwest on BC-3 for 2.4 km and turn right onto Mount Fernie Park Road. From here, continue for 6.0 km, where you will find the parking area on the right side of the road and the trailhead on the left.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Thunder Meadows Cabin

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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