Char Creek Trail

Char Creek Creston

The Char Creek Trail riding area is a deactivated logging road that now serves as a fun zone for sledders of all ages. Frequently groomed by the Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club, this beautiful trail system meanders through an old growth forest along a deactivated logging road.

Note that permits through the Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club are required to ride in this area. To get a permit and for further information on other snowmobiling areas, please purchase a membership with the Kokanee Country Snowmobile Club.

To get here, drive 50 kilometres on Highway 3 up the Kootenay Pass to a staging area on the south (left) side of the highway.

The trail leads to the Char Cabin 5km from the staging area, available to the public free of charge. The cabin has a wood stove, ample seating, and there are plenty of areas for toboganning and snowmobiling once you've warmed up. Contributions to the Kokanee Country snowmobile club are encouraged and a kiosk is set up at the staging area.

Past the cabin, the trail continues for approximately 4 kms ending at the Char Creek connector trail.  The connector trail is ungroomed and can be challenging for new riders during some points of the season.  A moderate skill level is suggested. 

For a detailed GPS map, download Never Lost Trails, which include skill and ATES ratings, points of interest and special cautions to help keep you safe.  This app will turn your cell phone into a GPS Trail navigation tool that works even where cell service is unavailable.  You can find the Never Lost Trails app on Google Play or iTunes. 

Highlights
  • Distance: 10 KM Return
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Season: December - March
  • Access: Easy, paved highway
  • Staging & Parking: Lots
  • Equipment: Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel, Probe, Back Pack, Emergency survival kit, Hydration
  • Features: Char Cabin
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