2.5 miles
Distance
3,318 ft
Climb
-339 ft
Descent
02:24:14
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Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Fernie
    , British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2267 in Hiking [+]
    • #30654 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Hiking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running

A steep hike up Mount Hosmer to a peak just below the summit, with wonderful views back to Fernie and onto the back of Mount Hosmer and the Three Sisters. The actual summit of Mount Hosmer requires significant risk and exposure to reach.

This is a steep sustained hike, with wonderful views in all directions. It tends to see a lot less traffic than the Mt Fernie trail, so bear spray and some emergency provisions are recommended.

The final climb up a ridge allows for views back in to the bowl tucked behind the peak, where mountain goats can often be observed.

As noted above, the trail ends 100m or so below the main summit, which should only be tackled by experienced climbers with appropriate gear.

Safety note: Rescues are required up here from time to time and it should be noted there is no cell signal for much of the trail and wildlife is abundant. A trip plan should be left with a responsible person in town, first aid and basic survival gear is needed, as is bear spray.

The hike, out and back, takes around 3 - 5 hours.

Access Info

Drive out of Fernie heading North and turn left immediately after the Visitor Centre onto Dicken Road. Drive 4km down Dicken and then turn left onto Hartley Lake Road (signed). This road rapidly turns into a rough gravel road and you need to follow this 7km. There is a pullout to park in on the left as you climb, and the trailhead post is on the right, opposite the parking spot.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Mount Hosmer aka Ghostrider Mountain (HIKING ONLY) hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    2,980 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,723 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,703 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,723 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,703 ft
  • Grade
    22.7%
  • Grade max
    -61.516%
  • Grade min
    73.727%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2,111 ft
  • Distance flat
    120 ft
  • Avg time
    02:24:14
  • Avg reverse time
    04:10:55
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on Oct 5, 2021
Ideal
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      Oct 5, 2021 @ 8:38am
      Oct 5, 2021
      Trail is in great shape overall. One tree down on the trail but easy to get over. Lovely tacky dirt! The fall colours are amazing!
      Jun 16, 2021 @ 8:05pm
      Jun 16, 2021
      reporter Snow for the last 1.5kms Doable but slippery
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 8:14am
      Jul 11, 2020
      Some small slightly muddy sections, some snow to navigate higher up, but overall in prime condition!
      Jun 16, 2019 @ 5:26pm
      Jun 16, 2019
      Overgrown veg: Bushes growing over and into the trail in spots, could use some machete or Brushsaw work. Snowy section up high on trail. Otherwise...
      Jul 7, 2018 @ 5:26pm
      Jul 7, 2018
      Overgrown vegetation first 500m
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