Mount Fernie Trail

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7.6 km
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927 m
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The Mount Fernie Trail is a 7.6 km out-and-back hiking route that will take you along a forested route up the mountain to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Elk Valley. This steep trail is well-maintained for most of the route, with the last portion being a bit more rugged and requiring some light scrambling. Although challenging, this hike is a great option for casual hikers looking to build up their experience for longer and more difficult routes.

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Route Description for Mount Fernie Trail

Hiking the Mount Fernie Trail is a great adventure that shouldn’t be skipped if you are in the Fernie area since it is the city’s namesake, and it has some truly awesome views that you won’t want to miss. While the route is steep, it isn’t very exposed and is primarily contained within the forest, making it a great option for hikers of most skill levels trying to push themselves. The route initially travels to the west alongside a creek before shifting in a northwest direction through steep switchbacks. As you continue to gain elevation through the forest, you will catch glimpses of the views out across Elk Valley before the tree cover breaks considerably on the final approach to the summit.

After some light scrambling, you will reach the top of the ridge and be greeted with views across the valley with the city of Fernie nestled below, as well as some fantastic mountain views to the north, with a sightline that includes Mount Proctor, the Three Sisters, and Mount Bisaro. After taking in the views, head back down along the steep forested trail to return to the trailhead.

Getting to the Mount Fernie Trail Trailhead

To reach the parking area for the Mount Fernie Trail from Fernie, head Northeast on BC-3 for 1.4 km and turn left on Canyon Trail. Continue for 350 m and make a right turn to stay on the road, where you will find the parking area straight ahead in 500 m.

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    Yes - On Leash

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    Out and back

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