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Fall Hiking Season in Fernie

fall leaves

Fall is the perfect time to visit Fernie and explore the Rocky Mountains by hiking. With cooler temperatures and stunning fall foliage, there’s no better time to hit the trails.

 

From easy strolls along the Elk River to challenging alpine hikes, Fernie has something for everyone. 

 

Here are a few of our favorite trails:

 

Easy:

 

Elk River Trail: This paved trail is perfect for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. It winds through the heart of town and offers stunning views of the Elk River and surrounding mountains.

Montane Trail System: This network of trails offers a variety of easy to moderate options. They are perfect for families or hikers of all levels.

Ridgemont Trail System: This network of trails offers easy to moderate options that are perfect for families or hikers of all levels.

 

Moderate:

 

Coal Creek Trail: This trail follows an old coal railway and offers stunning views of the Elk River Valley.

Heiko’s Trail: This trail is a bit more challenging, but it’s worth the effort for the incredible views of the Lizard Range.

Porcupine Ridge Trail: This trail offers stunning views of the Elk River Valley and the Lizard Range.

 

Difficult:

 

Mount Fernie: This trail is a challenging hike to the summit of Mount Fernie, but the views from the top are incredible.

Mount Proctor: This trail is another challenging hike to a summit, but the views from the top of Mount Proctor are worth the effort.

Castle Mountain: This trail is a challenging hike to the summit of Castle Mountain, but the views from the top are incredible.

Tips for hiking in Fernie:

 

Here are a few tips for hiking in Fernie in the fall:

  • Be prepared for the weather. Fall weather in Fernie can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for all types of conditions. Dress in layers and bring a rain jacket.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks. You’ll be burning more calories than usual while hiking, so it’s important to stay hydrated and fueled.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. Hiking boots or shoes with good traction are essential for safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for wildlife and other hazards.
  • Leave no trace. Pack out all of your trash and leave the trail as you found it.

 

Many of Fernie’s trails are accessible in the winter for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbiking.

 

Fernie is a great place to hike, no matter what time of year it is. With so many trails to choose from, there’s something for everyone. So get out there and explore!

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