Fernie Rail Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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6.9 km
Elevation
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123 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Fernie Rail Trail is a 6.9 km out-and-back hiking trail found just west of Mount Fernie Provincial Park and offers the opportunity to hike through a beautiful stretch of old-growth forest. The trail runs parallel to Mount Fernie Park Road and is a beautiful forest setting with intermittent views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Make sure to check for any trail closures before setting out for your hike.

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Route Description for Fernie Rail Trail

Hiking along the Fernie Rail Trail is a fun outdoor experience for hikers of most skill levels, as the route traverses some easy-to-navigate and relatively level terrain. Hikers looking to utilize this trail should first check for any route closures, as high levels of moose and bear activity in the area often result in the trail being closed. Make sure to travel in groups, make lots of noise, and bring bear spray to stay safe when out on the trail.

Set out from the trailhead off of Mount Fernie Park Road, and follow the trail into the dense forest cover to the east as you work your way through the valley toward Mount Fernie Provincial Park. Shortly after beginning your trek, the trail will intersect with the road. Cross to the other side and follow the trail as it now runs parallel to the road. As you hike through the peaceful atmosphere of the forest, take note of the beautiful old-growth cedars found in the area. After crossing several small streams, you will come to the end of the trail at the edge of the park. From here, you will need to backtrack along the same route and take in the picturesque views from the opposite perspective as you make your way back to your vehicle at the trailhead.

Getting to the Fernie Rail Trail Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Fernie Rail Trail from Fernie, make your way southwest on BC-3 for 2.4 km and make a right on Mount Fernie Park Road. In 6.0 km, you will find the parking area on the right side of the road.

Route Information

  • When to do

    July–October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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