Elk Rim Trail

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19.8 km
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522 m
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The Elk Rim Trail is a 19.8 km hiking route southwest of Fernie, BC, that follows along the edge of the water at the confluence of the Elk and Kootenay Rivers. The trail is well-maintained and easy to navigate, making it an extended option for casual and experienced hikers. Keep an eye out for passing mountain bikes as this is a multi-use trail.

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Route Description for Elk Rim Trail

Hiking along the Elk Rim Trail is a great outdoor experience in the Fernie area that will allow you to witness the beauty and power of these two majestic rivers along an easy-going route. This trail is a multi-use route primarily used by hikers and mountain bikers; however, the occasional dirt bike or e-bike can be seen on the trail, even though they are forbidden from using it. Keep an eye out for any bikers on the trail and allow them enough room to pass safely. Hikers utilizing this route can expect a good variety of scenery, including a beautiful woodland setting, views over the Elk and Kootenay Rivers, and a sightline looking out onto the surrounding hills and peaks. This is a great option if you are looking for a longer but not so difficult hiking route in the area.

Getting to the Elk Rim Trail Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Elk Rim Trail from Fernie, drive southwest on BC-3 for 30.9 km and take a left onto BC-93. Continue for 15.1 km and make a right to find the trailhead.

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