Mount Loki Trail
This trail takes you up to Mount Loki, the tallest mountain on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, providing spectacular views of Kooteny Lake and Kaslo to the west, Riondel to the south, and the Purcells to the east.
To get here drive north from Creston and Crawford Bay through the small town of Riondel to North Riondel Road, traveling 9 kilometers until you reach Portman Road, where you will turn right. The trailhead is 9 km up the Portman Road. Watch for the “Mt.Loki” sign made by helpful hikers. This road is used for active logging and is subject to change so proceed cautiously.
The trail is moderately steep for the first hour, and later becomes an easier grade, passing through sub-alpine meadows. It then climbs very steeply to a saddle at 2100 metres (6900 ft.) The trail then follows the mountain contour with some down and up, reaching the trail’s end after about 2-3 hours hiking.
From here the hike is a scramblers delight, with many hand/foot holds on the layered rock (although sometimes less than an inch wide). Loose rock requires caution and focus, as does the occasional exposure to 100 ft. drops. There is no trail except for a few cairns marking a possible route.
The view from the peak is spectacular, at 2771 meters (9090 ft.) You can see well beyond the Sawtooth range to the east, and to the north beyond the Hamill Glacier. Most of Kootenay Lake and Kaslo are also visible. Enjoy these breath-taking views before beginning your ascent down and on to your bed, where you will be more than ready to sleep!
Note that there is no running water on this hike, so bring your own drinking water.
Distance: 6 km, round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1121 m
Time: 6-8 hrs
Road Access: Difficult, unpaved road
Mount Loki Trail
Riondel BC V0B 2B0