Silver Spring is a series of three stunning deep blue lakes lined by dramatic cliff faces linking to the Wigwam Flats.
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.
Notice: Cliff jumping is a risky activity, be very cautious of where you jump. The water is very clear to help see where all the deep spots are. Never go alone and be safe. Be sure to pack out anything you bring with you, this is a special place everyone wants to keep clean and undamaged.
Hiking Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 10 minutes/500m to first lake (steep section), 3.7km easy hike to third 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. Take the first gravel road on the left (River Road) after passing the last house. 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. Be aware that there are active logging vehicles operating on this road, so please park courteously.
Alternatively, if you have a 4x4 vehicle, you can also drive 700m up the power line road to a small parking area. 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 loop around the first two lakes or continue to the third lake.
Please remember to be respectful of this hidden oasis and pack out whatever you packed in.