Polar Peak Ridge Trail
The Polar Peak Ridge Trail is a challenging 5.6 km route near Fernie that traverses an alpine ridge and should only be attempted by experienced climbers. Along the route, you will climb up the ridge and traverse its rugged length to a scenic viewpoint before making a technical descent with fixed ropes. This route is only open on weekends and holidays and will need to be accessed by a chairlift or the Rumplestumpskin Trail.
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Route Description for Polar Peak Ridge Trail
Hiking the Polar Peak Ridge Trail is not for the faint of heart, nor the inexperienced hiker. This route is best left for experienced hikers or those with a guide familiar with the area due to the technical nature of the terrain. Along the route, hikers will need to climb up the ridge by way of a brief scramble, followed by a hike along the rugged and exposed alpine ridgeline to the summit of Polar Peak. After admiring the views across the valley to Mount Fernie and the Three Sisters, you will need to work back along the ridge and make a technical descent via a system of fixed ropes. Although very technical, the Polar Peak Ridge Walk features some of the most beautiful terrain and scenic views in the Fernie area.
Getting to the Polar Peak Ridge Trail Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for the Polar Peak Ridge Walk from Fernie, drive southwest on BC-3 for 5.3 km and make a right onto Fernie Ski Hill Road. After 1.3 km, make a slight left and continue for 250 m to find the parking area. From there, hikers will need to either take the Timber Bowl Express lift or hike up the Rumplestumpskin Trail to reach the trailhead.
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