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    Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake

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    18.7 km
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    736 m
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    The Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake is an 18.7 km out-and-back hiking route in Kokanee Glacier Provincial park that will take you through some picturesque subalpine terrain on the way to see several charming lakes. Although long, this trail is well-maintained and easy to navigate, making for a great longer distance route that is perfect for casual and experienced hikers alike. Make sure to arrive early, as the trailhead is located near the entrance to the park and can become quite busy.

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    Route Description for Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake

    Hiking the Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake is an amazing experience that will allow you to visit several scenic lakes within the park and take in the picturesque subalpine landscape. The trail sets out from the eastern shore of Gibson Lake and climbs uphill through the trees along a series of switchbacks. From here, you will be able to look back towards the trailhead for a nice view of Gibson Lake to the south, Mount John Carter to the west and Kokanee Peak to the east. Pressing on, down the trail, you will eventually exit the tree cover into a lovely meadow that will be filled with wildflowers if you can time your hike for the late summer.

    Pressing on through the meadow, you will arrive at the tranquil shores of Kokanee Lake. To continue on to Keen Lake, follow the path to the north, as you skirt alongside the edge of the water with the lake on your right and the mountains on your left. Eventually, you will pass by the Keen and Garland lakes on your left before arriving at the larger Kaslo Lake. Take some time to explore the trails surrounding the beautiful lake and gain an appreciation for the rugged beauty of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park before heading back along the same trail to return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Gibson Lake Trail to Keen Lake Trailhead

    To access the Gibson Lake Trail from Nelson, drive north along BC-3A for 19.6 km and make a left turn onto Kokanee Glacier Road. In 15.6 km, you will arrive at the parking area on the left.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Kokanee Glacier Cabin

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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