Mount Hosmer Trail

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10.5 km
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1,154 m
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Mount Hosmer Trail

The Mount Hosmer Trail is a 10.5 km out-and-back hiking route near Fernie that will both challenge your resolve and reward it with spectacular views overlooking Elk Valley and the surrounding mountain peaks. The trail climbs steeply uphill and does not offer much in terms of flat terrain to catch your breath; however, it is manageable for experienced and casual hikers who take their time. Bring bear spray and travel in groups as grizzly bears are known to frequent the area.

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Route Description for Mount Hosmer Trail

Although steep and challenging, the trek up Mount Hosmer is an incredible hike made up of non-technical terrain and can be completed by most hikers with the fitness and determination to reach the summit. Hiking boots and poles are recommended for this hike due to the steep nature of the route, and hikers should bring plenty of water as there are no sources along the trail. Additionally, this area is a frequent location for grizzly bear encounters, so remember to make lots of noise, travel in groups, and bring bear spray when out on the trail.

The route up to the summit of Mount Hosmer initially climbs uphill through the dense forest along its lower slopes before transitioning into the alpine on a route that traverses several false summits. There is minimal flat terrain, so you will need to know when to stop along the trail to give yourself a break and build up energy. Reaching the summit, you will be greeted by a fantastic sightline that stretches out across Elk Valley to the east and provides views of the nearby Mount Proctor, Three Sisters, and Mount Bisaro to the southwest. After you’ve taken in the views, carefully head back down the steep trail to return to the trailhead.

Getting to the Mount Hosmer Trail Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the Mount Hosmer Trail from Fernie, make your way northeast on BC-3 for 6.5 km and turn left onto Dicken Road. After 600 m, make a right onto Hartley Lake Road, and you will find the parking area and the trailhead in 6.9 km.

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