9 miles
2,910 ft
-4,675 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
    Mount Fernie Provincial Park
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Trail type
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  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
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OK, you asked for an epic, this is it. Over 20km of ups and downs (once you add in the access and egress) through stunning alpine meadows, over rocky passes and down the side of waterfalls and rivers and past a huge cave you can go right inside to a waterfall at the back. This is a hiking trail. Be aware - you are way out there. There are rescues on this trail every year and there is pretty much no cell coverage. You need a pack for a full day out, including first aid, warm layers, food and water and some means of communications. Bear spray is a must. Make sure someone in town knows where you've gone and to call for help if you don't show back in town. If you do it as a loop starting and ending in town it's about 50km.

Access Info

Head up to Island Lake Lodge, then turn onto the tamarack trail which is going to climb up onto your first summit. The end of tamarack is hike a bike. The trail at the other end kicks you out onto the Mountain Lakes Trail connector and then onto Hartley Lake Road which is a 10km gravel road back to Dicken and then a further 5km or so into town. It's a big day out!

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More Stats for Mountain Lakes Trail (Hiking Only) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,765 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,599 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,481 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,367 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,603 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,210 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 15, 2017
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Mountain Lakes... Trail Reports

Sep 15, 2017 @ 5:45pm
Sep 15, 2017
reporter All trails are open again! Yay!
Sep 4, 2017 @ 8:03am
Sep 4, 2017
Jul 15, 2017 @ 4:55pm
Jul 15, 2017
a few snow patches. Less than 1% snow covered. No problem to hike entire trail.
Jul 4, 2017 @ 8:28pm
Jul 4, 2017
Deep snow present soon after the beginning of the trail (entering from Tamarack). Only walked a hundred meters before turning back due to the deep...
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Jul 19, 2017 @ 9:59pm
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Mountain Lakes Trail (Hiking Only)
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Mountain Lakes Trail (Hiking Only)
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Jul 19, 2017 @ 9:59pm
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Mountain Lakes Trail (Hiking Only)
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Jul 15, 2017 @ 4:59pm
Jul 15, 2017
Mountain Lakes Trail (Hiking Only)

Routes with this trail

Heiko's Mountain Lake Trail
15 miles
Three Sisters Summit
7 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag raf (Aug 21, 2017 at 20:55)
 I'm glad that I can cross this one off my bucket list, but in all honesty had I know before what I was into it wouldn't have made it in there in the first place. This was definitely not worth the day off, the 4hr drive out and back, and the $80 of gas. The approach through Tamarack is a combination of hike-a-bike through scree that's barely rideable without world-class trial skills, and very demanding climbs that are of otherwise little interest. This is a full-on hiking trail and unless you've ridden everything else over again and are now bored, or you're looking at pushing the boundaries of your riding, there is very little there for you fellow rider. Imho, either do it as a proper hike, or don't do it.

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Bisaro Cave
0:28 | 90 | Jul 16, 2017 , Fernie
Watergate on Heiko's Trail near Bisaro Cave
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