2.4 miles
3,240 ft
-254 ft
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  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Mt Fernie
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #574 in Hiking [+]
    • #1949 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Hiking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running

Please note that this is a HIKING TRAIL ONLY. Not suitable for biking.

This is a steep hike to the summit of Mt Fernie with stunning views back down to Fernie, and behind Mt Fernie across to the Three Sisters. Small wooden bench on summit. Most people do an out and back to the summit and expect this to take 3 - 4 hours (up and down).

You can also carry on via Rocky Road to Windy Pass and on down to Island Lake Lodge. This option would be 6 - 8 hours to get to the Lodge.

You are climbing 1,000m in only 4 kilometres, so pace is important, as is water on a hot day

Once you have started up the trail itself you will cross a wooden bridge and then about 800m from the wooden sign at the start of the trail you will come to a junction and you want to turn sharp right. The left-hand fork leads down into the Alpine Trails subdivision.

About two thirds of the way through the climb you will reach the “Batman” bench which has a sign and a stunning view back to the Three Sisters.

Shortly after Batman the trail stops hugging the ridgeline, emerges from the tree line and starts traversing a number of avalanche chutes as it climbs towards the summit point, pretty much in the middle of the summit ridge.

The final few hundred metres become closer to scrambling on the rocky trail. Once at the summit you will see the small bench, and a sign to Windy Pass.

If you are heading on to Island Lake Lodge, follow the Windy Pass sign via Rocky Road. This trail traverses and climbs around several bowls until it meets with Heiko’s Trail at Windy pass. At this point you are 7km from Island Lake Lodge. The trail traverses for 3km with two short climbs to the Tamarack ridge. The Tamarack Trail descends 615m down to the lodge over 4km. The Tamarack Trail passes along two rockslides where footing is loose. Hiking poles are recommended.

Island Lake Lodge is a worthy destination. A word- class lodge sitting above an alpine lake with majestic views up to the Three Bears mountain peaks. In the summer months you can sit on a stunning deck surrounded by flowers and enjoy gourmet lunch options and a cold beer.

Access Info

Drive out of Fernie heading North, over the North Fernie highway bridge. Take the first left after the bridge (Cedar Avenue) and then the first right (Canyon Trail). Drive to the end of the paved road on Canyon Trail (to the yellow gate which is normally closed) and park here. Make sure not to obstruct the gate.

Hike up the gravel road behind the yellow gate until it joins another gravel road (Burma Road) and keep heading away from the parking area. The Mount Fernie trail is a left off Burma Road shortly after you join it – there is a big wooden sign on a tree.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mount Fernie (HIKING ONLY) hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,985 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,508 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,505 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,508 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,493 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,473 ft
  • Distance flat
    141 ft
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on Jun 2, 2024
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      Mount Fernie... Trail Reports

      Jun 2, 2024 @ 10:35am
      Jun 2, 2024
      some patches of snow in the shaded tree parts right after the batman lookout, but theyre snow packed and easy to traverse. whole exposed side up...
      Jun 24, 2023 @ 4:38am
      Jun 24, 2023
      Trail is in great condition. No snow, watch for rock at the top.
      Jul 27, 2022 @ 12:47pm
      Jul 27, 2022
      Trail is all clear and good to go! Great shape with no snow on route.
      Jul 5, 2022 @ 12:23pm
      Jul 5, 2022
      It is in amazing shape right now!
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 1:33pm
      Jun 17, 2022
      Couple small snow-patches, but totally walkable to the ridge.
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