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    Brilliant Overlook Hike

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    6.0 km
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    431 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The hike to Brilliant Overlook is a 6.0 km out-and-back trail in Castlegar, BC, that works through the forest and climbs uphill to a spectacular viewpoint with views over the city and the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers. Along the trail, hikers will experience a beautiful forest setting, as well as some more exposed sections of rocky terrain on the way to the lookout. Make sure to travel in groups, make lots of noise, and bring bear spray, as cougars are sometimes seen in the area.

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    Route Description for Brilliant Overlook Hike

    Hiking up to Brilliant Overlook will allow you to experience one of the most picturesque views in the entire area around Castlegar. The trail sets out near the Castlegar Golf Course and passes through a stretch of forest surrounding a power substation before arriving at a junction in the trail. The path to the left leads to McPhee Falls and the right will take you up to Brilliant Overlook. Follow the trail to the right to briefly climb over some rocky terrain before entering back into the dense forest cover.

    Here, the trail will wind through the forest to the northeast and eventually turn south to bring you to the viewpoint. Once you arrive at Brilliant Overlook, you will be greeted by a breathtaking view across the valley that includes the city of Castlegar, the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, and the surrounding Selkirk Mountains. After taking in the amazing scenery, head back down the trail to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Brilliant Overlook Hike Trailhead

    To access the Brilliant Overlook trailhead from Highway BC-3 in Castlegar, exit onto Columbia Road and follow it for 2.4 km to the north. Turn right on Aaron Road and continue for 600 m, where you will make a right turn onto McPhee Creek Road. In 4.0 km, you will reach the trailhead.

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      Older Children only

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      Out and back

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