New South Castle Trail

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13.2 km
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682 m
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The New South Castle Trail is a 13.2 km hiking route in Fernie that loops through a dense network of hiking and mountain bike trails to provide an excellent view overlooking the city and the wider Elk Valley. Due to many intersecting trails along this route, navigation can be a bit tricky, so hikers should bring a GPS or trail map to follow the correct route. Keep an eye out for passing mountain bikers along the trail.

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Route Description for New South Castle Trail

The New South Castle Trail is a fun hiking route in Fernie that utilizes several different trails to form a loop that travels up Castle Mountain and down the hillside. Because this is a multi-use trail, hikers will need to watch out for passing bikers and give them ample room to ride. The trail climbs uphill through intermittent forest cover for a moderate elevation gain of 682 m and provides some beautiful views overlooking the lush expanse of the Elk Valley. Keep an eye on your map or GPS while you work downhill, as it is easy to get sidetracked on the intersecting trails that branch off from the main route. When you reach the bottom of the hillside, the trail follows along Cokato Road on a route parallel to the Elk River until you arrive back at the trailhead.

Getting to the New South Castle Trail Trailhead

To access the trailhead for the New South Castle Trail from Fernie, head southeast on 4 Street and turn right after 650 m to get on Pine Avenue. Continue for 1.3 km and make a left turn onto Castle Mountain Road. In 550 m, you will find the trailhead at the end of the street.

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    Older Children only

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