A vigorous hike to the spire of Fisher Peak offers a stunning view of two provinces and three states. NHL local hero Scott Neidermayer used his champion's right to a day with the Stanley Cup and hoisted the trophy at the top of Fisher Peak.
Trail Vertical Gain or LossElevation gain: 1,400 metres (4,400 ft); Mt Fisher: 2,846 metres (9,336 ft)
Highlights and Best Features of this Trail
Mount Fisher is the highest and most visually significant summit of the southern Rocky Mountains. It rises above Fort Steele and the city of Cranbrook. The peak stands 300 metres (1,000 ft) above the neighbouring peaks which makes it the focus for a memorable hike. The views are simply breathtaking from the summit and include a panorama of the Kootenay River valley and the Rockies. Fisher Peak is one of the most popular and more difficult trips in the area.
Full Description of this Recreation Trail
The hike and climb to Mt Fisher doesn't require specific technical skill, however, the hike is strenuous and challenging. Reaching the summit is a steep and rugged scramble. The hike begins on a steep, forested trail and gains elevation immediately. The forest cover thins out as the route passes through the subalpine - gentle creeks and alpine meadow. The final approach to the peak travels over and around boulders on an unmarked and unmaintained route. There's a tiny platform of rock at the top which can accommodate a few people at one time.
Trail Distance8-10 kilometres (5-6 mi)
Type of Trail ExperienceOut-and-Back
Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this TrailFull Day
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
At Fort Steele on Highway 93/95, turn southeast at the commercial campground and store on to Wardner/Fort Steele Road. At .5 km, turn left onto Wildhorse Forest Service Road. At 2.2 km, turn left onto Mause Creek Road. Stay on Mause Creek Road to the trailhead at 10.1 km.