Scaling 2,393 m (7,851 ft), this limestone mountain is home to a popular hiking trail. Mount Proctor is an all-day intensive hike allowing adventurers to enjoy a full day hike through an array of habitats.
Difficulty Level: Very difficult
Elev. Gain: 1340m (4400 ft)
Average Time: 8-10 hrs round trip
Length: 17km loop
NOTE: There are no services or specific camping areas along this trail. 'No Trace' backcountry wilderness tenting is permitted. Be prepared for backcountry hiking, wildlife and weather changes. There could still be snow at higher elevations, even into July.
Don't forget to pick up a Fernie Trail Map before your hike. TrailForks users can track their progress and location along this hike, if they have GPS on their mobile device, using the Trailforks app, and the route for Mount Proctor.
Depending on the winter snowfall, this hike may not be snow-free until mid to late-July. Route finding may be required if snow is covering the trail.
This challenging all-day high mountain adventure hike reaches the summit of Mt. Proctor at 2390m and should be started early in the day. Mount Proctor is an intensive trail allowing hikers to enjoy a full day hike through an array of habitats. Hikers should have the most recent Fernie Trails Map, Trail Forks on their smartphones. It's highly recommended to hike this trail in a counter-clockwise direction starting at the Fernie Visitor Information Centre. Please be aware that this trail passes into private grazing area for cattle, and that dogs are unfortunately not permitted on this trail due to the safety of livestock.
The first section of the trail departs from the Fernie Visitor Information Centre via a gentle climb along the Fairy Creek Trail. The trail will open out into a field where you should follow the Swine Flu trail over a cattle grid into a fenced area. Continue up the switchbacks up Swine Flu, crossing under the power line. Be aware of any cattle which may be grazing in this area, as well as any mountain bikers who will be approaching from behind. It's a moderate 3km climb up the base of Mount Proctor all the way to the Swine Flu Bench, but you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view across Fernie. After a short rest at the bench, the trail splits off. Take the right fork and continue onwards and upwards onto Mount Proctor Trail.
With each switchback, the trees will gradually thin out as you ascend through the subalpine zone. You'll be following alongside the ridgeline high up on your right side as you move towards Mount Proctor's summit. The final approach to the peak will be loose and shaley. You'll be glad you brought your hiking poles.
Have a long and well-deserved break at the summit. The hard work is done.
From the summit, continue following the trail north along the ridge. The descent down into the valley between the Three Sisters and the back of Mount Proctor is loose and rocky. The vegetation here will occasionally grow over and cover the trail, but the valley is very open and you should be able to re-find it by staying alert. You'll eventually connect with the Upper Fairy Creek Falls where you'll find a picnic bench viewpoint. This is the only water source on the trail. From here, it's a gentle hike back towards the Fernie Visitor Centre following Fairy Creek trail.
Stop and park at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Centre on Highway #3 just east of town. Toilet facilities, bins, and water is available. 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 backcountry be well prepared for changes in weather. Remember that you are travelling in an area where wildlife is abundant. Be aware of your surrounding, follow the proper safety protocols and respect the environment.