- Physical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
- Technical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
The Montane Trail is a 5.0 km out-and-back trail used for several outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. The route traverses some easy terrain and doesn’t have much strenuous elevation gain, making it a great trail for hikers of all skill levels. You can expect to enjoy a peaceful forest atmosphere and views through the trees of the surrounding mountain peaks along the trail.
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Route Description for Montane Trail
Due to its location in the Castle Mountain area, the Montane Trail is part of a dense network of multi-use trails that criss-cross the forested landscape. Because of this, navigation can be difficult, and it can be easy to lose your way on the many side trails that present themselves. If you are not familiar with the route, bring a map of the area or a GPS to stay on the correct path.
The trail itself winds through the forested hillside on a route that initially sets off in a southward direction before turning to the north on a course for Brewery Creek. Along the way, you will be able to relax as you stroll through the calm woodland atmosphere and take in the views of the Lizard Range and Mount Fernie across the valley. When you reach the flowing waters of the creek, turn back and retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.
Getting to the Montane Trail Trailhead
To reach the Montane Trail trailhead from Fernie, drive to the southeast along 4 Street and make a right after 650 m onto Pine Avenue. Continue straight for 1.3 km, making a left onto Castle Mountain Road, where you will find the trailhead at the end of the street in 550 m.
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