Last week we teamed up with Coleman Canada’s Get Outside program to explore BC’s Purcell Mountains. We set up a nice cozy camp on the shores of Kootenay Lake, then set out on day trips into the mountains. We tackled two trails in the Glacier Creek drainage: Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass.
These are stunning hikes into some of BC’s best wilderness, surrounded by glacier views and massive granite peaks and miles and miles of alpine meadow.
Mountain ranges are jagged ragged things, with an almost endless amount of basins and drainages and valleys to explore. One could spend a lifetime driving around, hiking both well known trails and finding a constant stream of new ones.
Despite its proximity to trails I’ve hiked again and again, I only ventured up to the McKean Lakes for the first time last week. Just west of Valhalla Provincial Park in BC’s mountainous West Kootenays, it’s a relatively steep trail up to a little meadow at the base of Mt Woden. The McKean Lakes are both pretty substantial, with with ridges and mountains to hike, ample open areas for camping, or a heliskiing cabin you can rent. And a canoe.