Balancing Rock Trail

Balancing Rock Trail

A popular hiking trail on the west side of the Creston Valley with expansive views of the valley floor and the skimmerhorn mountains in the distance, this is a must-do for photographers and view-junkies. Getting an early start may reward you with a beautiful sunrise!

To get here from Creston take Highway 3 west toward Kootenay Pass, turning left onto West Creston road towards the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area & Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre. About 50 meters after turning, the trailhead and parking lot can be easily found on the right side of the road.

From the parking lot the trail is in good shape though steep at times. It winds under some powerlines but as you gain elevation parts of the trail are forested. There are excellent rest stops that allow you to sit and enjoy the view while catching your breath. After 30min to an hour you will find yourself at the trail’s namesake, a huge boulder balanced oddly at the end of the trail.

The trail continues to a swampy boardwalk section where it splits in two directions. Heading up and left, the trail continues up Creston Mountain. To the right the trail descends toward Summit Creek and Highway 3, making a near loop (though some highway walking will be necessary to get back to the parking lot).

Bring water, especially if heading up the mountain.

Highlights
  • Distance: 3.4km Round Trip
  • Elevation Gain: 220m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: ~2hrs
  • Season: Spring-Fall
  • Road Access: Easy
  • Parking: Lots
Contact Information

Balancing Rock Trail
West Creston Rd
Creston BC V0B 1G7
Canada