Silver Spring is a series of three stunning deep blue lakes lined by dramatic cliff faces linking to the Wigwam Flats.
NOTICE: Active logging on road to trailhead. Extreme caution. Yield to logging trucks.
Near Elko, 30 minutes from Fernie. No facilities or washrooms. Overnight camping not encouraged at first lake. Pack out what you bring in to leave this area in pristine condition. Please be respectful of others, no garbage, loud music or parties.
Hiking trail is a short day hike to see all three lakes. Silver Springs is a popular spot for cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking and hiking.
The first lake has become iconic with acrobatic displays of cliff jumping, but if you're looking for a little more peace and seclusion you can take the lake trail towards the second and third lake. All three lakes are spring fed and have clear water for good fishing throughout the summer months with stocked rainbow trout up to 3 lbs.
Please remember to be respectful of this special oasis. Be careful climbing on the ledges and cliffs, visitors have gotten injured here and it can take a long time to get help from Search & Rescue.
Duration: 20 minutes/500m to first lake (steep section), 3.7km easy hike to 2nd & 3rd lake
Elevation Gain: 90m
Drive south along Highway 3 from Fernie towards Elko (approx. 30 km or 20 min from Fernie). Pass through the Elko Tunnel, and keep going to Elko. Turn left immediately after the train bridge (towards the Elko Sawmill). Travel the winding main road through the town. Please respect the local community and drive slowly and safely.
Take the first gravel road on the left (River Road) after passing the last house. NOTICE! Active logging on road to trailhead. Extreme caution. Yield to logging trucks. This will take you down across the Elk River Bridge. Travel 3 km along the road. There is a pull-out between the 5th and 6th-kilometre marker where you can park.
Please park courteously and off the road, if the parking lot is full please return another time. Continue up the trail to the left that will take you to the cliffs area (cliff jumping is at your own risk). You can hike a trail along the eastern bank around the first two lakes or continue to the third lake.