Golden Trails & Tales
Hiking and Mountain Biking Adventures
Alpine Meadows Lodge
Enjoy being outdoors in the mountains! Explore our trails from Alpine Meadows Lodge, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, or backcountry skiing on links to numerous trails and scenic destinations on the West Bench. Located on the Columbia River, short nature hikes along the Columbia River and wetlands are great for birdwatching,and wildlife viewing.
Every summer, Kicking Horse Resort reopens the Golden Eagle Express Gondola(June 28 to September 1, 2003). Skylunch with an superb view in Eagle's Eye Restaurant is highly recommended. Ridgewalks on trails from the gondola to My Blue Heaven are inspiring, as a sea of mountain peaks soar in every direction. Remember mtn bikers can enjoy the easy way up on the Gondola every weekend during summer(includes Friday).
Take Alpine Meadows Trail 5 km to Cedar Lake where great options lead into the Moonraker Trail System. Forestry roads and trails on the West Bench(over 100 km) are extensive, exciting and climb moderately. Moonraker Trails(25 km) have a trail base at Cedar Lake, southwest of Golden or from Nicholson.
A nice one km hike takes you to from Cedar Lake to a second lake.. Follow Hyak road to single tracks turnoffs on Northstar, Cedar Snag or continue ten km to reach Canyon Creek Lookout. Hiking/Riding the edge of Canyon Creek is exciting so be careful. We have seen mountain goats in the canyon, however please keep your eyes on the trail!
A large forest fire in 1926 destroyed the West Bench and some burned out cedar snags are still standing. Listen and watch for Woodpeckers hammering away for their lunch. Enjoy the many trail options including return to Alpine Meadows or Nicholson along the old rail grade.
Hiking to Gorman Lake, Mummery Glacier and many great trails in the Yoho, Glacier, Kootenay, & Banff National Parks are highly recommended. More biking options can be discovered on Mt 7, the Blaeberry and Beaverfoot Valleys. Easy walks around Emerald Lake & Wapta Falls will prepare you for high Alpine hikes in the Yoho Valley. Mountain biking in the National Parks is limited, please check for information. Good reference books are Hiking in Canadian Rockies by Brian Patton & Mtn Biking in Canadian Rockies by D Eastcott.
See 3D map of Canyon Creek with image location shown.