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Hiking

Hiking in Fernie is nothing short of spectacular. Many routes can be accessed from locations just outside of town or even within it. Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club works to promote, develop, and maintain much of the hiking trail system in the area.

As hiking in summer has such congruence with ski touring, many areas have multi-season use and are a natural fit for the efforts of the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club. Continuing to promote responsible, non-motorized trail access for these popular hiking routes is a core goal of the FT&STC.

There are significantly difficult hikes as well as more moderate adventures. Areas with well-worn and marked trails include Island Lake Resort and Mount Fernie Park, Mount Fernie, Mount Hosmer, Three Sisters, Fairy Creek, Mount Proctor, Coal Creek, and Castle Mountain.

Many popular routes such as the Three Sisters trail, The Mountain Lakes Trail, Cabin Bowl Trail, and the Coal Creek Heritage Trail, were directly developed with the help of members of the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club.

Proceeds from the Fernie Trail Map go directly to benefit the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club, and their stewardship efforts on these trails. Purchase one online.

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Fernie Backcountry is closed

All hiking and biking trails in Fernie and surrounding area are closed. This included our cabins; Thunder Meadows, Montane and Tunnel Creek. Unfortunately our Harvey Hut burnt in the out-of-control Lodgepole fire on the weekend. In the interest of public safety, effective at noon Pacific Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within […]

Fire Ban at Cabins

The FT&STC has banned all fires at the Thunder Meadows, Montane Hut, and Tunnel Creek cabins until further notice. This ban applies to all fires including the wood stoves. The official fire ban issued from BC Wildfire is as follows: Campfire Ban in Place for Entire East Kootenay The entire East Kootenay is under a […]

Lazy Lizard Connector – Bridge Completed

Lazy Lizard Bridge in Mount Fernie Park About 50 hours of volunteer time to build and install the Lazy Lizard Bridge last week. All of the cedar wood was donated by Alex Hamilton and his partners from the Alpine Trails condo development. Cheers to the Thunder Ridge crew who fundraised for this project last year. […]

Coal Discovery Trail – logging activity this summer

Jemi Fibre logging along Ridgemont Road and Coal Discovery Trail Jemi Fibre will be logging north of Fernie along the Coal Discovery Trail during the next few months. Some parts of the trail will be temporarily blocked during this activity and falling trees will be a hazard. Stay away from the active logging and turn […]

Lazy Lizard Connector ready for riding

Finished the trail link from Stove Trail across Mount Fernie Park to Lazy Lizard Trail on late Saturday, July 9. This 1,800 meter  connector is ready to hike or ride as it gets sun dried, but is a bit soft until it gets compacted by tires and hikers. There is still a 10 meter bridge to build but […]

Columbia Basin Trails Meeting

See the attached meeting summary for the Columbia Basin Trails Meeting held June 10-11 in Fernie. Included in this summary are links to a number of websites that were referenced at this meeting and a link to an FTP site that hosts all of the resources we accessed at the event. Download here: TrailsMeetingSummary2016june20 As […]

Fernie Brewing Donates

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FT&STC) is very pleased to announce that Fernie Brewing Co. (FBC) donated $3671.64 to our club. Lets give a big thanks to FBC! This February 16th to March 31st, FBC featured the FT&STC in their “Cheers to Charity” fundraising program. The funds will help with ongoing trail and […]

Montane Winter Usage Map

The map can be downloaded for printing here Montane-winter-map 3

Fernie Trails Alliance AGM

The FTA AGM will review the year, select new board members and discuss what’s planned for the coming year. The FTA needs fresh directors and input from trail users, be sure to attend.

Bridge Connector Boardwalk

The last 2 years volunteerism for trail work has hit to a whole new level. In the past there was always a small but solid group who maintained and built our trails. This number has grown huge over the last 2 seasons. On the Fernie Trail Alliance volunteer nights (Thursdays 6:00 pm meet at the […]

Montane Trail Reroute to Uprooted Trail

a href=”http://fernietrails.com/wp-content/uploads/Montane-Right-Tool-for-the-Job.jpg”> If your going into a gunfight bring the heavy artillery. Built a one kilometer access to Uprooted Trail from the Coal Creek Bridge (Old Barn on Montane Property) on April 12th. Conditions were very wet so on the sunny Monday morning Fiorentino Contracting was kind enough to donate some packer time to compact […]

Wigwam Flats Cycling Seasonal Closure

  Wigwam Flats snow is mostly gone and people have been hiking, cycling and dog walking there since mid February. Wildlife managers are reminding the public that only non-motorized use is allowed beyond the Elko gate and that dogs must be on a leash. Mountain bikers are not allowed along the Wigwam River Rim roads […]

Montane 10 kilometers groomed for Nordic Skiing

10 kilometers of the Montane road network was groomed for Nordic Skiing this Sunday afternoon (January 11). Hope to groom about once a week going forward. Snow bikers, snowshoers and dog walkers please stay on the outside of the grooming. We will be grooming the sides for these activities probably starting tomorrow. Best to park […]

Cabin Trail and Old Growth trail work

Here are a few photos (before and during, no afters) of the Thursday evening cleanup of Cabin Trail and Old Growth. It’s ready to hike! Accessed off of the Island Lake road or off of the Old Growth Trail, Cabin Trail leads to Thunder Meadows Cabin. Whether you are looking to camp overnight during the […]

Wigwam Flats and Silver Springs Rim Biking

This spring our biking activities outward from Elko and along the Rocky Road (motorized closure) to the Wigwam Flats is causing a big issue with wildlife concerns. Bighorn Sheep are lambing along the Wigwam River Rim and the Silver Springs Lake Rim when we have our maximum visitations by mountain bikers. This activity has increased […]

FTASTC 2014 AGM

The FTASTC 2014 AGM will be held Wednesday, February 19 at Freshies Coffee at 7 PM. Agenda Items will include Ski Hills boundary expansion Plans ( entire Lizard Range north to Island Lake Property) Hut Bookings and Online Waivers. (Seasonal Memberships) Sponsorship of Ski Mountaineering Event Addition to Tunnel Creek Hut Financial Report Summer Trail […]

Hike-A-Biking Heiko’s Trail

Heiko’s Lake to Mountains trail has been a world class hike since it was first established in the early 2000’s. The trail has three distinct passes and takes you from valley bottom to high alpine. It is also a popular route for accessing the Three Sisters hiking trail. On Saturday a group of us decided […]

Counter Assault

This stuff actually works, had to use it on the Coal Discovery Trail on July 19th. Two of us had just cycled past Loose Change and were approaching the Little Chain Ring intersection. We had just finished riding Porky Blue Trail and were cycling back the last 5 km to Fernie. Cycled around a corner […]

Horseshoe Basin Ride

Good mountain bike ride by Mount Fisher, just east of the Wardner-Fort Steele Road and ending at Horseshoe Lake. Can do a 23 kilometer shuttle on the Mause Creek Road and gain 800 vertical meters. At the end of the road ( 3 km past Mt Fisher trailhead) cycle another 3 kilometers and 400 meters […]

Furious 3 on Hyper Ventilation

Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club has spent 5 years building Hyper Ventilation and rebuilding Hyper Extension to a higher standard. In this time we also built Castle Rocks Trail, South Castle and Southern Comfort. This summer besides regular trail maintenance we will be building an easier 10% grade climb to the summit of Castle […]