3.9 miles
1,487 ft
-76 ft
1 mile
High Point
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Assiniboine Lake Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    , British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    June - Sept
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #10752 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Land Owner
    Rec Sites and Trails

Fine views, tumbling streams and two mountain lakes (You can visit Lunette Lake on the way to Lake Assiniboine.) make hiking this trail a satisfying backwoods experience.The path is well defined from the parking area and the first stream crossing should be easy with a large stump newly installed for your convenience. Watch for forest birds and creatures attracted by the healthy forest and clean water.

The first ½ hour you will wind through dense berry patches ( Beware if hiking in the autumn, as these attract the local bears.) and then climb a dry ridge. On the other side you will descend to the picturesque east bank of the pristine Assiniboine Creek. The trail follows the creek closely, but is sometimes a bit faint if there has been rain.

At about 3.5 km from the trailhead, you must make an exciting but precarious creek crossing. The logs on this “bridge” have been cross cut to help with footing and a steadying cable has been tightened to assist you. Still,
all of your party members may not wish to risk the crossing as the creekbed is rocky and the water very turbulent.

A little farther in , a tiny run off stream invades the trail at times so there is a flagged route around that. Also, there are couple of little log crossings over wet spots . All deadfall was cleared from the trail in September 2019, but of course there will be more.

After another km you will find a faint path to the right which goes to Lunette Lake. Look for the small rock cairn indicating the turnoff. This trail follows Lunette creek up hill to the lake. This is a short and easy detour that will provide views of Mount Assiniboine, Lunette Peak and Mount Sturdee.

Once you are back on the main trail, continuing north, you will be about 1.3 km from the south shore of stunning Assiniboine Lake. There is an inviting campsite just near the shore. You might want to come prepared to stay over

Access Info

Directions to the trailhead: (4 x 4 or high clearance preferred but a car can access this hike)

• Drive north on Hwy. 93/95 to and through the Kootenay Park gates at Radium. Continue east on Hwy 93.
• At 18.1 km, turn right on to Settlers’ Road. There is signage to prepare you for the turn
• Down the Settlers’ Road, turn left on the Kootenay Palliser Forest Service Road (FSR) This is just before a 12 km marker on the road and goes toward the Palliser and Cross Rivers.
• In about 1.2 km, in order to stay on KPSFR turn left at the Y intersection just after the entrance to Nipika resort. Stay on the main mine road.
• Just after the 14 km marker, turn left towards Cross River and Natural Bridge.
• At km, turn left on the Cross Mitchell FSR.
• At 37.5 km, turn right, just before the bridge and in view of the Baymag mine. There is no sign at the turn, but it is flagged. If you arrive in the huge compound of the mine, you have gone a bit too far.
• The trailhead and parking for Assiniboine Lake are on the left after the second drive over bridge. There is no sign except for a very small green hiker sign on a tree. The trail is easy to find, and straight ahead from the clearing where you park is the sign in box with book inside. This is just out of view of the parking area.

The trip from Radium should take @ 1.5 hours.
The old bridges on the access road have been repaired and are negotiable in September, 2020.

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More Stats for Assiniboine Lake hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,408 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,739 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,741 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,148 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1,900 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,516 ft
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      Assiniboine Lake Trail Reports

      Aug 18, 2021 @ 7:58pm
      Aug 18, 2021
      Aug 18th 2021. Road and trail conditions are very good. Directions on Trail Forks are very poor. Simply take Settler's Road to Nipika Resort...
      Jun 8, 2021 @ 6:22pm
      Jun 8, 2021
      Road condition excellent to the Baymag mine. Aurora Creek FSR is reasonably good, with one washout creek crossing, requires high clearance... An...
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