43.3 miles
Distance
6,238 ft
Climb
-5,929 ft
Descent
4,388 ft
High Point

This is The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail) Since some sections of the route such as Waldie Island, Skabetto Reach and Ward's Ferry Trails do not accommodate cycling it should therefore be considered a hiking route, although their are lots of road links throughout.

For cyclists refer to the linked Trails BC pages below that identify cycling alternatives in this region.

This route starts from downtown Castlegar and terminates at the base of the Nelson bridge over the Kootenay River. This is the point where The Great Trail transitions from a land to a water paddling route. Cyclists would have to continue on Highway 3A heading east to the ferry landing at Balfour.

Detailed Description
Castlegar to Nelson (The Great Trail) is a 43 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Castlegar British Columbia. This hike primary route. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 6,238 ft with a max elevation of 4,388 ft then descends -5,929 ft.

5 Reviews & Comments

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gasman5 (Sep 1, 2021 at 16:39)
Very well built and pretty climbing trail.
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Metric-MrShades (Nov 25, 2019 at 19:31)
Anyone who is planning to ride this trail as part of the 3 Bridges Loop created by the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society, be advised that the east end of the Waldie Island Trail is blocked by stairs and a bike gate. If it sounds weird that someone would create an official route that can't be completed... that's because it is!
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Metric-MrShades (Nov 29, 2019 at 21:06)
Hmm, apparently the gate is to deal with dirt bikers like the ones who are a big problem on the Selkirk University trails.
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oldmanschild CPTS (Feb 11, 2021 at 17:45)
Castlegar Parks and trails has plans to make this section climbable by bike in the future for now unfortunately it is just a short hike a bike section.
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Twowheelsforever (Aug 1, 2019 at 11:14)
As a descender, the lower half is more fun, pumpy fast blue square with bermed corners. Kinda boring who like tech gnar
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More Stats for Castlegar to Nelson (The Great Trail) mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    307 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,387 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,453 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,762 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -50.4%
  • Grade min
    72.1%
  • Distance climb
    18 miles
  • Distance down
    21 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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