Postcard Views

Silver Springs Bighorn Rim - Not in Fernie but worthy of mention, the Bighorn Rim trail is not for those with acrophobia as it skirts the top of the 250 metre cliffs that surround Silver Springs Lakes. With views of these spring fed green water lakes, and the surrounding Elko peaks, Broadwood, the Wedding Cake, and Race Car Mountains, this journey is well worth the effort.

Begin by driving to Elko (20 km west of Fernie), and turn left from the Highway into the village, follow the road as it winds through the community, where you will come to a left turn that takes you down to the Elk River. Immediately on your right, after crossing the bridge is the parking area for the road/trail.

The road climbs steeply above the Elk Canyon, until reaching a rocky crest, then descends a short way into a forested area, where a small drainage crosses the road. You will turn left, switchbacking uphill on the narrow trail, until you reach the cliff edged rim of the Bighorn. Use caution, and keep children attended at all times as large falls are possible as one moves along the rim, where magnificent views abound.

Tamarack Ridge Viewpoint - An excellent trail through a scree slope, this well-posted viewpoint lies about halfway up the ascent where Tamarack Trail extends on towards the Mountain Lakes Trail. Views of the Three Bears on the Lizard Range are nothing short of spectacular, and the wildflowers along the route can be quite impressive. Begin the hike from Island Lake Lodge.

Microwave Towers (Morrissey Ridge) - By far the highest viewpoint on the list, which is primarily accessed by driving a high clearance vehicle to the summit. An amazing place to watch the sunset or stay the night for a sunrise to warm your soul.

Drive up Coal Creek Road continuing past the first two Coal Creek bridges, until you come to a wye, where you will cross Coal Creek. The road continues through Fernie’s past coal mining legacy, and climbs to a junction with Matheson Creek Road (Microwave Towers). It’s a steep logging road from this point, where another junction is encountered, and you’ll take a right over the creek. Keep following this road until you arrive at a wide switchback, where you will go left. At this point many people abandon their vehicles and walk the remaining kilometer, as the road is very rocky and rough as it accesses the ridge. Also attainable via bike, for those looking for a long road ride.