This trail follows the work of the Village of Radium Hot Springs and The Columbia River Greenways Alliance to restore a section of Sinclair Creek for re-introduction of Kokanee Salmon. Restoration work included installation of structures, constructed from natural materials, within the stream channel and along the bank to create different habitat for fish and to support the fish ecosystem. These structures included rock weirs, boulder gardens, stream-bank reinforcement, and riparian planting. The resulting greenway includes a 4 km trail with interpretive panels describing the site’s rich history, picnic areas and scenic viewpoints of pools and rifles along the creek channel.
Trail Vertical Gain or Loss50 feet from trail head to creek bed - Trail along creek bed is flat and level.
Highlights and Best Features of this Trail
The trail meanders beneath a canopy provided by Poplar and Douglas Fir along the bank of Sinclair Creek. This offers a cool respite on a hot summer day. The interpretive panels along the trail provide details on the installation of structures within the creek bed and provide information on the history of fisheries within the Columbia River system. Additional interpretive panels chronicle the early settlers as the trail passes by remnants of sluiceboxes and flumes. The trail includes views of Hoodoo formations and bighorn sheep habitat.
Full Description of this Recreation Trail
This trail is located in close proximity to the Village of Radium Hot Springs downtown; however you will likely have the trail mostly to yourself.
Caution is recommended during periods of high wind due to the risk of timber blow down where the trail passes through forest at the toe of slopes. The area is frequented by wildlife and proper precautions are always recommended when hiking in the upper Columbia Valley. The surface along portions of the trail may be uneven or undergoing improvement.
The trail follows along the creek bank and is primarily a level gravel or dirt surface. The trail is beneath a canopy of Douglas Fir and poplar.
The trail surface is undergoing improvement and consists of compacted gravel or cleared dirt. The trail is generally 6 feet in width. The trailhead leading from Glacier Road to the creek and from Forsters Landing Road to the creek are steep and not universally accessible. Accessibility is best from the posted parking area located west along Forsters Landing Road, east of the mill log yard.
You can download a trail map to the left.
Trail Distance4 miles including all trailheads
Type of Trail ExperienceLoop
Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail1.5 hours
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
The trail is located within the Village of Radium Hot Springs, BC. Radium is located 2.5 hours southwest of Calgary, AB and 1.5 hours north of Cranbrook, BC. From Highway 93/95 head west along Forsters Landing Road. A trailhead is located on the north side of Forsters Landing Road, between Columbia and Revelstoke Avenue. An additional trailhead is located at the south end of Glacier Drive. Vehicles may travel down to the creek bed and improve access to the trail. Access from the parking area east of the mill at the west end of Forsters Landing Road is considered easiest.