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    White Queen Hike

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    10.1 km
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    662 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The trail to the summit of the White Queen is a 10.1 km out-and-back hiking route near Nelson, BC, that will take you through a beautiful stretch of forest and along a ridgeline for views overlooking West Arm Provincial Park. Along the way, hikers will cross over Apex Creek and can expect a peaceful forest setting with amazing views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. This trail features some moderate elevation gain and light scrambling, so make sure to wear proper hiking footwear.

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    Route Description for White Queen Hike

    The White Queen Hike is a challenging hike that will take you uphill through the charming meadows and dense forests near West Arm Provincial Park to provide some excellent views from the summit of the mountain. The trail sets out from beside the highway and very quickly crosses over the flowing waters of Apex Creek before cutting through a lovely meadow with some light forest cover. From here, the trail will gradually enter into thicker sections of forest on the approach to the ridgeline.

    Once at the top, hikers will need to head to the southeast on a route that traverses the rugged ridgeline to the summit of White Queen. When you arrive at the summit, you will have spectacular views that stretch east across West Arm Provincial Park, and south to the Whitewater Ski Resort, Hummingbird Peak, Ymir Mountain, and the rocky terrain of Half Dome. After you have had enough of the amazing views, head back along the same route to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the White Queen Hike Trailhead

    To access the trailhead for the White Queen from Nelson, head to the southeast along BC-6 for 11.0 km and make a left onto Whitewater Ski Hill Road. In 6.9 km, you will find the trailhead on the left.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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