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.
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 change2,980 ft
Altitude min4,723 ft
Altitude max7,703 ft
Altitude start4,723 ft
Altitude end7,703 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down2,111 ft
Distance flat120 ft
Avg reverse time04:10:55
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Mount Hosmer aka... Trail Reports
Jun 13, 2023 @ 2:09amJun 13, 2023
|Some snow still higher up but easy to navigate|
Jul 27, 2022 @ 5:39amJul 27, 2022
|The lower section of this trail was quite bushy, but was just brushcut.|
Oct 5, 2021 @ 8:38amOct 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 @ 8:05pmJun 16, 2021
|reporter Snow for the last 1.5kms Doable but slippery|
Jul 11, 2020 @ 8:14amJul 11, 2020
|Some small slightly muddy sections, some snow to navigate higher up, but overall in prime condition!|
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- 6 miles avg distance
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