Contact the New Denver Visitor Centre for more information.
An easy hike to a mountaintop with some of the best views and wildflowers in BC.The summit is an easy 1.5km, with an elevation gain of 150m. Alpine flowers are in full bloom in early August, but fantastic views of the Slocan Valley are available year round.
The hardest part of the journey is the 17km 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.
There are 2 trails to Idaho Lookout. Both meet on the ridge for the last leg of the hike up to the summit. They are the same length, but one is less travelled. If you would like to take the less travelled trail to the lookout, park at the Alamo parking area. The flowers along this section of the trail are every bit as showy as the ones near the ridge parking lot. A picnic table near the Alamo parking area is an added convenience, not available at the ridge parking area. Trail rehabilitation efforts are under way. Please, keep to the marked trails to avoid destroying the fragile alpine vegetation that you have come to admire.
At the junction of Hwy 6 and 31A in New Denver, turn east onto Hwy 31A and follow the signs to Sandon. In Sandon, cross the bridge and continue through the centre of town, stopping to pick up drinking water and anything else you may need for the trip. At the end of the street, stop and read the “Idaho Peak Information Sign”. This sign has important road information. The first 2 km of the road is wide, not too steep and well maintained by the mining companies. After this, the road narrows considerably, as it switch backs up the mountain. As you enter Wild Goose Basin, you will find a pleasant picnic site on the edge of the meadow. From here, the rest of the road is clearly visible, as it switch backs up to the 2 parking areas. The most heavily used parking area is on the ridge between Idaho Peak and Selkirk Peak. The Alamo parking area is less crowded. Perfect! Park here to avoid the crowds around the ridge parking lot or protect your vehicle’s paint job from the nicks and scratches acquired in crowded parking lots.
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