Rebuilt by Fernie’s renowned Heiko Socher, this is a quick but challenging hike, easily accessed from town. Mt Fernie is well worth the effort!
Level: Intermediate to Difficult
Distance: 4 km to peak
Elevation Gain: 910m (3000ft)
Hiking time: 2.5-5 hrs round trip
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 Fernie Ridge.
This newly developed trail starts off switch-backing through dense forest then eventually leading to spectacular views of chutes where winter avalanche have shaped the landscape. There is a bench about three-quarters of the way up the hike offering stunning views of the Three Sisters peaks. This is often the finishing point for many beginner hikers or hikers with children as the terrain past this point gets steeper and more challenging. From the bench, the route becomes increasingly steeper and near the peak there is loose, dry, rocky terrain. Use caution in this area as the trail can be slippery if wet. The views at the top of the ridge are stunning, with the Three Sisters, Mt Hosmer, and Mt Proctor all lining up to the North.
Head east on Hwy 3 from Fernie continue past Tim Hortons and cross the bridge over the Elk River. Take your first left onto Cedar Avenue, before you cross the 2nd smaller bridge over Fairy Creek. Proceed up Cedar Avenue and take your first right onto Canyon Trail, follow to the end by the gate and park. This road is occasionally used by construction and hydro crews so please ensure you are not blocking the gate. To access the Mt Fernie Ridge Hike trailhead walk up the gravel road past the gate, when you reach the junction of another gravel road, head right on that road for very short distance and watch for the official trailhead on the left.
As with any trip into the backcountry be well prepared for changes in the weather. And 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.