Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Hiking routes in New Denver and the surrounding Slocan Valley range from beginner to advanced.
However, one thing remains constant – the incredible scenery. Pick up a map of 40 trails in the Slocan Valley at the Visitor Centre. Hikers heading for wilderness areas should always be equipped with topographic maps, a compass, and more comprehensive local information.
New Denver Loop
The easy 4.5 hour New Denver Loop follows the original wagon road from New Denver to Sandon on the south side of Carpenter Creek to the old concentrator site, returning on the north side via an old railbed known as the Galena Trail.
Stand on a mountaintop at Idaho Peak. The hardest part of the journey is the 17km/10mi drive up an old gravel road from the village of Sandon. The road is narrow, steep and bumpy, but can be navigated in a high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicle. There are two parking lots located at the edge of an alpine meadow.