1 miles
1,481 ft
-85 ft
1 miles
High Point


  • Riding area
    Island Lake
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Physical rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

A solid hike up to the only access to the Lizard Ranges’ ridge crest above Island Lake Lodge.

The trail pretty much disappears once off the Spineback Trail. Route-finding is required across large boulders and then scree as you near the summit. Guides can be booked through Island Lake Lodge.

3 -4 hours out and back.

Access Info

Drive out of Fernie heading South (Cranbrook direction) for 3km to Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Turn right in to the park and head up the Island Lake Road for 9km from the highway, following signs to Island Lake Lodge. Park at the Lodge and you can go in and ask for a trail map.

Via Spineback Trail. Just prior to reaching the crest of the Spineback, leave the trail heading west across the alpine bowl. Big White is found in the back of the second basin through a steep scree-slope leading to the widest and least steep access point.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big White (HIKING ONLY) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,395 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,922 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,941 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,336 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5,180 ft
  • Distance down
    750 ft
  • Distance flat
    23 ft
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  • Icy
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