Merry Creek (Castlegar)

Nature StudyHiking

  • Rec Site #:REC5109
  • Type:
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:0
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Site Description: Distance: loops, to a maximum of 5 km Hiking time: 1.5 hours to do it all at a brisk pace Elevation gain: 80 m (260 feet) Description: The 5.5 km of trails tucked behind the hills west of Castlegar offer something for everyone, in any season. This is an area you can enjoy whether you are out for a jog or a ramble. An easy walk along the Big Cedar Trail meanders through a mixed forest of cedar, hemlock, spruce, fir and birch. Most of this trail is wide enough for two people to walk side by side and enjoy each others company in the peace and quiet of this very special place. Look for the remains of the giant cedar - truly awe inspiring. On a hot summer day, this almost level, shade dappled trail offers respite from the heat. A little more ambitious hike up to the view point, on the Columbia View Trail, rewards one with a spectacular display of spring flowers early in the season. The fragile moss and lichen communities can be fully appreciated, as you pass right by them. This sun baked knoll offers an expansive view of Castlegar, the Columbia River and the Kootenay River. Sit down, catch your breath and take in the view. A perfect lunch spot. For more detailed information, a Self-guiding Interpretive Brochure is available at the trailhead and at the Forest Service in Castlegar.

  • Driving Directions: From the junction of Highway 3 and 22, at the overpass in Castlegar, travel west towards Grand Forks for 3 km. Turn right onto a good 2 wheel drive dirt road marked "Merry Creek Forest Service Road". Proceed 2.2 km to the parking lot.

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