The beauty of this hike is that you have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing viewpoints offered through the beginning of Heiko’s Trail, including a waterfall, cave and canyon. While a longer hike, the Three Sisters is rewarding to say the least - reaching the highest peak visible from town. The first half of this trail, through an old growth forest is easy to follow. As the trail leaves the forest, the views open up as it enters a meadow and heads west. At the edge of the meadow, near Olivia Creek, there is a primitive campsite. Red triangles on the far side of the meadow mark where the well-defined trail resumes. From the meadow, the trail begins to climb steeply. Take care, as this steep section is slippery when wet. Until the Sulphur Creek basin is reached, the trail continues to be challenging and care must be taken. After this rugged section, the trail enters the meadow at the top of Sulpher Creek, where another primitive campsite can be found. In this area, the trail passes near an area with sink-holes, caves and huge limestone boulders that have tumbled off the shoulder of the Three Sisters. From Sulpher Creek, it is an easy hike up a good trail to the ridge. Once on the ridge, there are fine views down into Fairy Creek and Fernie.
As shelter along the trail is very limited, while on this trail hikers should be prepared for sudden weather changes and pack appropriate extra clothing and equipment.
This trail is typically hikable starting mid-June to September, depending on snow levels and early snow falls. You can expect to see some snow in high reaches anytime during the summer season, left over from winter. We recommend calling into the Visitor's Centre to get an update on trail status before leaving.
The trail begins off of Hartley Lake Road at the trailhead for Heiko’s Trail. Starting at the bridge over the Elk River, on the north end of Fernie, proceed east along Hwy 3 for 5.3 km to Dicken Rd. Turn left onto Dicken Rd and proceed for 600m. Turn right onto Hartley Lake Rd and continue on this rough, 2 wheel drive gravel road for 9 km. You will pass Hartley lake, continue and after a few minutes, you will see a couple of old trucks at the end of a 4 wheel drive road. Turn left and drive to the trailhead, marked with a large sign. Be aware that cell coverage is limited in this area.
An alternative route to the Three Sisters is via the Three Sisters Trail. This is best suited to stronger experienced hikers as the trail is less well defined, and you'll be approaching via steep and loose rocky climbs and traverses. The Olivier Creek Road access off Hartley Lake Road requires a 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance. Drive 5.3 kilometres east on Hwy 3 from the north-east end of Fernie and turn left onto Dicken Road. After 600 metres turn right up Hartley Lake Road (not signed, yard on each side of the road) and drive another 9 kilometres on this windy dirt road pasting Hartley Lake on your left. Olivia Creek will be marked with a FTA trail post on your left side. Proceed along this 4x4 trail for approximately 1.5km until you reach the first clearing. Park here and proceed up the 4x4 road for another 1km on foot until you connect with the Three Sister's Trail.
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Trails in Route
AKAMount Trinity Summit
Difficulty ratingDouble Black Diamond
Route TypeOut & Back
More Stats for Three Sisters Summit via Heiko's Trail [Hiking Only] mountain bike route
Altitude min4,449 ft
Altitude start4,485 ft
Altitude end9,078 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat1,098 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
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