Goldilocks Loop

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9.7 km
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804 m
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The Goldilocks Loop is a 9.7 km lollipop hiking route near Fernie, BC, that sets out from the Island Lake Lodge and climbs uphill through the picturesque alpine terrain to a small trail loop in the Lizard Mountain Range. Along the trail, you will experience breathtaking views that stretch out across the valley and include the majestic Mount Fernie and Three Sisters Mountain to the north. Make sure to check for any trail closures before setting out on this hike.

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Route Description for Goldilocks Loop

The Goldilocks loop is a tough but rewarding hike near Fernie that will allow you to experience that beautiful landscape around Fernie while exploring the rocky terrain of the Lizard Range. Due to the rugged terrain along this trail, hikers should wear proper hiking footwear to better traverse the trail. Additionally, this area sees high levels of bear and moose activity in the summer months, so you should always check for any closures before setting out on the trail.

This beautiful hiking route sets out from the Island Lake Lodge and works around the lake’s western edge, passing through a fantastic stretch of old-growth forest on the way into the alpine terrain. The route follows a series of switchbacks before breaking out into the rocky landscape around the mountains. While hiking the rugged loop through the Lizard Range, keep an eye out for impressions of ancient creatures that were once fossilized in the rock and now stand as a reminder of the rich geological history of the area. After completing the loop and taking in the gorgeous views, head back down the trail to return to the lodge.

Getting to the Goldilocks Loop Trailhead

To make your way to the parking area for the Goldilocks Loop from Fernie, head southwest on Highway BC-3 for 2.4 km and make a right onto Mount Fernie Park Road. After 9.4 km, you will reach the parking area next to the Island Lake Lodge.

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