The hike to Pete's Bench allows hikers to explore the network of trails through Mount Fernie Provincial Park and get a great view of Fernie from the top.
Level: Intermediate - gentle climb under a forested canopy with little exposure
Distance: 3 km to the peak, 6km return trip
Elevation Gain: 290m (951ft)
Hiking time: 2 - 3 hours round trip
Pete's Bench, a memorial for a local resident who passed, is a stunning location to enjoy the views of Fernie and appreciate the valley. All trails in this area are multi-use, the route is bi-directional so be sure to be conscious of bikers and other trail users who may be descending from the top.
IMPORTANT: Be prepared with proper hiking boots, water and snacks. Having hiking poles is helpful. Fernie has many outdoor gear shops. Know what to expect for weather and dress accordingly, temperatures are cooler the higher in elevation you go. Tell someone you know where you are going and when you plan to be back in case you run into any issues. This is bear country, learn about being safe in the mountains and carry bear spray and know how to use it (WildsafeBC). Pack in, pack out. Don't leave any garbage behind. If you have a dog and it poops on the trail, use a stick to push it fully off the trail or bag it and pack it out (same with human poop). There are no toilets at the trailhead or on the trail, if you use toilet paper pack it out or bury it in the ground off the trail. To learn more about adventuring safely visit AdventureSmart.
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, search for the route for Mount Fernie Ridge.
The trailhead is located at Mount Fernie Provincial Park. Head west from Fernie on Highway 3, leaving via the West Fernie Bridge. Carry on for 3km before turning right onto Mt. Fernie Park Road at the sign for Mount Fernie Provincial Park (across from the Stanford Hotel). Continue straight and up hill until you reach the campsite. Please be mindful of young children playing on site. Turn right into the trailhead parking lot at the sing that reads "Trailhead Parking". There is a map at this parking lot that can help you get orientated and know where to start.
Take Dem Bones Trail up and connect with Mushroom Head at the powerlines. Follow Mushroom Head up to Pete's Bench. Be aware that this is also a popular biking trail.