The Spineback Trail is a 7.2 km out-and-back hiking route near Fernie, BC, that will take you from the charming shores of Island Lake up to the alpine terrain of the Lizard Mountain Range. From here, you will have a fabulous view overlooking the lush green valley with Mount Fernie and the Three Sisters standing proudly behind. Access to this trail is often restricted due to animal activity, so make sure to check for any trail closures before setting out on your hike.
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Route Description for Spineback Trail
Although challenging, the Spineback Trail is a fun way to get out and explore the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding Fernie. This route climbs through the forest at a fairly steep grade, so hikers should wear proper hiking footwear and bring hiking poles for the descent from the viewpoint. Additionally, highly active bear and moose populations in the area can often result in restricted access to this trail. Be sure to check for any closures in the area before setting out.
The variations in terrain and picturesque scenery along this hike make it a fantastic option for a day trip in the Fernie area. When you set out from the trailhead, you will pass through the beautiful and dense forests surrounding the charming waters of Island Lake before breaking out of the tree cover and into a scenic alpine meadow. From here, hikers will continue uphill through the steep switchbacks of the alpine terrain towards the ridgeline, where they will need to traverse the rocky landscape.
Along this upper portion of the route, keep an eye out for unique fossils formed over millions of years in the rocky terrain. Reaching the top of the trail, take some time to gaze out across the valley and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding mountain peaks before working your way back down the trail to the lodge for some much-earned refreshments.
Getting to the Spineback Trail Trailhead
To reach the parking lot at the Spineback Trail from Fernie, drive to the southwest on highway BC-3 for 2.4 km and turn right on Mount Fernie Park Road. In 9.4 km, you will find the parking area at the Island Lake Lodge.
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