Scaling 2,393 m (7,851 ft), this limestone mountain is home to a popular hiking trail. Mount Proctor is a gradual climb allowing hikers to enjoy a full day hike through an array of habitats.
Difficulty Level: moderate/difficult
Elev. Gain: 1340m (4400 ft)
Average Time: 6-9 hrs round trip
Length: 12km round trip
This challenging loop trail, that reaches the summit of Mt Proctor at 2390 m, should be started early in the day. Mt Proctor is a gradual climb allowing hikers to enjoy a full day hike through an array of habitats. The first part of the trail is well developed to the Fairy Creek Falls and further in a picnic table at 3km. From here, the trail splits and continues through the valley between the Three Sisters/Mt Trinity and to the summit of Mt Protor.
As you climb the mountain the bush thins and views of the valley open up. From the ridges of Mt Proctor Fernie can be seen in the valley bottom and the peaks of the Three Sisters loom to the Northwest. From the top you can return the same way you came or complete the loop by descending the southeast side along the rocky ridge into the forest, where the Mt Proctor trail can be found. Follow this trail down the ridgeline to the powerline. Turn right onto the powerline and continue to follow it downhill to its intersection with the Fairy Creek Trail again which will take you back to the parking lot.
Stop and park at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Centre on Highway #3 just east of town. The trailhead starts in the parking lot by the big trail map sign. Trail maps are available at the Centre for purchase
As with any trip into the back country be well prepared for weather and climate changes. And remember that you are traveling in an area where wildlife is abundant. Be aware of your surrounding, follow the proper safety protocols and respect the environment.