MOUNT FERNIE TRAIL Distance: 4.1 km to the ridge Hiking time: 4 hours return Elevation gain: 910 m (3000 feet) NTS map 82G/11 BC Forest Service 1902 Theatre Road Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H4 Phone 426-1700 Description: Begin this popular hike by walking up the privately owned Mutz Creek hydro access road. Cross under the powerline and take the right fork in the road. The road continues to climb steadily to a clearing that offers exceptional views of the Elk River valley, Morrissey Ridge and an eagle’s view of Fernie. This clearing, known as the Moccasin, is far enough for many hikers. Those going beyond the Moccasin require good hiking boots. From the Moccasin, the route becomes steeper with every step, ascending straight up a dry, steep, gravelly scree slope. This ascent is about 1 km in length and rises 380 m. The views as one crests the ridge are spectacular, with the Three Sisters, Mt. Proctor and Mt. Hosmer lining up to the north. It is possible to follow a route along the ridge toward the summit of Mt. Fernie. To Sparwood ; Fa iry Cr eek # Legend 6 iver R Elk k ee Cr utz M Mt. Fernie Highway a Roa d Paved Road Burm Gravel Road Rough Road e lin er w Po Trail Kilometre Marker Riverside Road Fernie Trailhead BCFS Recreation Site Liz ard Cr eek N W 3 E S ; To Elko Access: At the bridge over the Elk River, on the south end of Fernie, turn off Hwy 3 onto Riverside Road. Take the first left onto Beach Street and continue straight ahead. Where Beach curves to the right, it becomes Burma Road. Continue along Burma Road for 0.5 km. Park off the road near the trailhead sign. See Cranbrook Forest District Recreation Map #25.
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