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Swansea Mountain

Swansea Mountain (Invermere)

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  • Rec Site #:REC2002
  • Type:
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:Tables
  • Site Description:The first 2 km of the Swansea FSR will be open May 1st.
    There are trails on Swansea Mountain for hikers and cyclists.

    Hiking distance: 700m
    Elevation gain: 105 metres

    This short switchbacked trail leads from road's end (5km from the Windermere Loop Road) to the summit of Mount Swansea.
    Hiking distance: 10.3 km
    Elevation gain: 745+ m
    A loop trail can be travelled by energetic hikers from the mountain base to summit and back down via a second south summit.

    Mt. Swansea offers more difficult (blue)level and most difficult (black) level terrain. Plenty of challenges await on the trails, including the steep descents of the Booty Call trail, the rocky, sandy slopes of Gravy Train, and plenty of wide open fun on Hula Girl. Trails can be shuttled or pedaled, as there is an uptrack.
    An uptrack for cycling and up or downhill hiking affords lesser grades from base to summit parking area.
    Parking options:
    1 - mountain base, 2 - at the 2km mark for early season trail access and 3 - 5km parking area near the summit.

    In the early 1900's copper was mined on a claim near the present day parking area. In 1924, Mt. Swansea was established as a BC Forest Service fire lookout(1952 to 1992).
    The mountain is internationally known as a premier hang gliding and paragliding launch. The first pilot to launch from the mountain was H. Portman in the early 1970's. For safety reasons, please keep clear of the launch ramps.

  • Driving Directions: Driving time from Invermere: 15 minutes. From the crossroads of Invermere and Hwy 93/95 travel south 2.7 km to the Windermere Loop Road. Turn left here and cross over Swansea Road. Travel 3.2 kms where a left turn will take you over a mine haul road (closed to public use) and on to the signed Mt. Swansea Forest Service Road. Parking Options include: mountain base, 2km mark, or 5 km mark. Road is accessible to high clearance 2WD vehicles. Drive carefully with headlights on.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

View in Interactive Web Map

  • Site Maps:

View from summit.pdf

Cycling trail map.pdf

  • Site Documents:

Swansea Trails kiosk 36x36 (5.03 MB).pdf


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