Jim Lake Trail

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21.4 km
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606 m
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Jim Lake Trail

The Jim Lake Trail is a beautiful adventure that boasts scenery and solitude. Exhibiting the diversity of the area’s flora and fauna, in addition to stunning views of the soaring granite crests, this route packs a punch!

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Route Description

Get outside and reconnect with nature along the Jima Lake Trail. Explore lush meadows blossoming with wildflowers, dense woodlands, snowmelt streams, and glittering lakes. Traveling through various terrains, we encourage hikers to dress in layers as insurance against changing conditions. Additionally, as the route is lightly trafficked and primitive in areas, we suggest downloading the trail GPS before departure to easily navigate the terrain. As with all sorts of exploration of the area, make sure you are mindful of wildlife and consider carrying a can of bear spray.

Setting out from the trailhead off Pocket Creek Road, your adventure follows the Jim Lake Trail. This lovely path follows the meandering Jim Creek through the ever-changing terrain. While the climb is gradual, it is tiring, so take breaks as needed. In the spring, you will be rewarded with the sights of blossoming wildflowers adorning the meadowlands. After some hiking, Aspen Butte and Chimney Butte will rise from the western landscape. Continue hiking along the gurgling creek, and you will eventually reach an intersection with the Lowline Trail.

From here, track north to Jim Lake. Admire the view of the snow-dusted Winds commanding the eastern skyline, then head back to the trailhead the way you came.

Getting There

Find the trailhead off Pocket Creek Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

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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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