Fernie’s Newest Hiking Trail

Distance: 6km (combined with Spineback)
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Advanced

Are your curious about hiking and where to take in the some of the best views in Fernie? A great option is Fernie’s newest trail found at Island Lake Lodge. Goldilocks, named after the surrounding Three Bears, it is a subalpine trail along the Lizard Range offering beautiful vistas, dramatic peaks, stunning valleys and a variety of wildflowers.

Completed at the end of last year’s summer season, Goldilocks is a loop extension off the popular Spineback trail. From Island Lake Lodge, follow the signs to the Lake and Fir trail and then continue by following signs to Spineback. The hike starts off a bit steep but mellows as you go and takes you through some beautiful rock gardens. You’ll reach a bench on the “Spineback” on Papa Bear where you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the lodge. From here, continue to the second bench where the Goldilocks loop begins around Baby Bear. You will descend down a valley eventually looping back to Spineback. Follow the signs back to the Lodge and enjoy a cold beverage and snack on the patio at the Bear Lodge or better yet, a deserving dinner at the Tamarack.