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    Wapiti Ridge

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    4.5 km
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    120 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The trail up to Wapiti Ridge is a 4.5 km out-and-back hiking route in the Moonraker Trails Recreation Site near Golden, BC, that will take you past a tranquil woodland lake and through the dense forest to the scenic ridgeline. From here, hikers will have a sweeping view that looks out across the Columbia Valley and the nearby peaks. Remember to bring a trail map or GPS to avoid any unnecessary detours along the dense network of trails.

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    Route Description for Wapiti Ridge

    Hiking to Wapiti Ridge is a fun trek through the forest that will allow hikers to experience a nice mix of scenery in the Golden area. Before you set out on the trail, make sure to pack a trail map or GPS as the area is packed with intersecting hiking and mountain bike routes that can make navigating difficult if you are unfamiliar with the route. Additionally, bring bug spray. It will be your best friend as you hike past the lake and through the shady forest.

    This trail follows a route that climbs gently uphill towards Wapiti Ridge and provides nice views overlooking the valley below. From the trailhead, you will almost immediately pass by the wooded shores of Sanders Lake on your right and can head out onto the wooden dock to get the best views over the water. Continuing along the route, you will take a course towards the southeast and up onto the ridge. Breaking out of the tree cover, you will have a sightline looking down on the rocky, eroding surface of the ridge and beyond to Kapristo Mountain to the southeast and Beaverhead Peak directly to the east. After taking in the valley views, head back along the same trail to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Wapiti Ridge Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for Wapiti Ridge from the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, head east on Kicking Horse Trail for 3.8 km and turn right onto Dogtooth FSR. Continue for 1.7 km and make a slight left onto Canyon Creek Road. After 4.1 km, you will find the trailhead on the right.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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