Nakusp Hot Springs Trail

Central Kootenay, BC
EASY 1942

Nakusp Hot Springs Trail

Central Kootenay, BC

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About Nakusp Hot Springs Trail

This all-season trail provides great spring, summer and fall hiking, biking and horseback riding and some winter snowshoeing. The trail meanders along the side slope above the Kuskanax Creek from just outside Nakusp up the valley to the Nakusp Hotsprings, following the pioneers’ original packhorse route of 1912. The first three or four kms wander through lofty cedar and hemlock stands, which thrive in the ideal moist habitat created by rain from eastbound clouds crossing the Selkirk Mountains. Under the towering canopy exists a diverse undergrowth of mosses, Western yew, Devil’s club, huckleberry, oak fern, lady fern, maidenhair fern and smaller wild ginger, sarsaparilla, fairy slipper, Queen’s cup and wintergreen. Remnants of burnt out tree stumps stand like sentinel ghosts from times past, providing evidence of the natural fires that used to regularly sweep through BC’s interior valleys.

Getting There

From Nakusp head south along Highway 6 for about 2km, then turn left onto Alexander Rd., drive for another 2km until reaching Kuskanax Ck. Tr sign on the right. Follow this logging road until reaching the parking area where you can then follow the path through the logged clearing where you will hit the trail head.

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