Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

General conditions

While on the trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. Where possible, create two metres distance between you and other people by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. Safety is a shared responsibility. Let’s work together to keep Kootenay National Park safe..

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.

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Radium Hot Springs - Sinclair Pass Area

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Valleyview Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Loop Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Restoration Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Redstreak Campground Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Walk or bike in access only, road closed to vehicles; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Juniper/Sinclair Canyon Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Sinclair Canyon Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Moderate Kimpton Creek Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Unmaintained trail;  
Easy Redstreak Creek Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Mainly dry; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail;  
Moderate Cobb Lake Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 01-12-2021: Ice, snow and slippery sections; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Kindersley-Sinclair Pass Loop Winter conditions. 01-12-2021: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Snow covered; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Easy Olive Lake Closed for the season. 22-11-2021: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details

Kootenay River Area

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Dog Lake Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Snowshoeing recommended; Trail details
Easy Simpson River Trail Early winter conditions at higher elevations 27-11-2021: Ice, snow and slippery sections; Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Snowshoeing recommended; Trail details

Rockwall Trail Area

CAUTION! Avalanche danger. You are responsible for your own safety. These trails are in avalanche terrain from November-June. Your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca or contact the Lake Louise Visitor Centre (403) 522-1264

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
N.A. Numa Creek Trail Winter conditions. 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger at high altitude; Unmaintained trail; Trail details
Difficult Floe Lake Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Backcountry travel not recommended; Avalanche risk: Complex Class 3 - top 2/3 of trail is highly avalanche prone. No avalanche risk first 3.2 km. Stop before first slide path; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Numa Pass Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound;  
Moderate Ochre Creek Trail Caution 27-11-2021: Avalanche risk: Complex class 3 - top part of Ochre Creek trail and beyond is avalanche prone. No avalanche risk the first 3.2 kms.Stop before first large avalanche path; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Rockwall Pass Trail: Rockwall Pass Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Rockwall Pass Trail: Helmet Creek Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Tumbling Creek Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Tumbling Pass Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound;  
Difficult Goodsir Pass Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound;  

Vermillion River Area

Caution: Trails are not maintained during winter season (Oct-May). Hazards such as avalanche, fallen trees, slippery sections and trail damage is possible.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Fireweed Loops Snow covered. 27-11-2021: Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Most Difficult Honeymoon Pass Trail: Honeymoon Pass Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Most Difficult Honeymoon Pass Trail: Verdant Creek to Redearth Pass Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Difficult Hawk Creek/Ball Pass Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche danger - Complex Class 3; Backcountry travel not recommended; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Moderate Stanley Glacier Trail Safety hazards 27-11-2021: Avalanche risk: Complex Class 3 - top half of trail crosses numerous avalanche paths. Lower section safe to 2.4 km. Stop at bridge over Stanley Creek; Carry avalanche transceivers, probe and shovel; Snowbound; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots Trail Snow covered. 27-11-2021: Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Marble Canyon Snow covered. 27-11-2021: Use caution; Unmaintained trail; Ice, snow and slippery sections; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Paint Pots to Marble Canyon trail Snow covered. 27-11-2021: Avalanche risk: Simple class 1 - at 1.7 km, the trail crosses a 30m wide runout zone of avalanche path; Snowshoeing recommended; Unmaintained trail; Use caution; Trail details