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Sunken Creek Trail Hiking Trail, East Kootenay’s, Canada

The Sunken creek hiking trail located in the Easy Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada near the historic town of Fort Steele. The trail was originally built in the 1890 as a service trail for the Dibble mine. Using pack horses, miners would bring ore down the trail to nearby town of Fort Steele.

Sunken Creek Trail is a steep accent through a dense forested valley that cuts through the Steeple Mountains. As the name suggests, the trail roughly follows Sunken Creek, crossing the creek several times using log bridges. Hikers should be forwarded that the log bridges can be very slippery when wet or frosty.

Sunken Creek Bridge

Through-out the trail, hikers will find old remnants or pioneer life, including the foundations of old cabins and an old mine entrances.

The trail is approximately 4-11 km long … 4km being to the spot where most people turn around and 11km being to the start of the Dibble Glacier, gaining  1000 -1500 meters of elevation into the Steeples mountains. The Sunken Creek trail also joins to other popular hikes that can extend your journey, Tangle Foot Lake to west and Cliff/Lemon Lake to north.

Sunken Creek Falls

To reach the trail head, turn off Highway 93/95 on to the Wardner/Fort Steele, follow this road about 11 KM until you see a sign for Horseshoe lake, turn left at unto a dirt road. Follow this road, staying to the right hand side of Horseshoe Lake, going directly towards the Steeple Mountains which you’ll see in front of you. Shortly after passing the lake, you’ll reach a cattle guard. Low clearance vehicles should park here and walk the rest of the way. High clearance vehicle can cross the cattle guard and follow the muddy dirt road to the base of the Steeple Mountains. There will be a sign at the base of the mountains marking the trail head, park you vehicle here. Shortly after entering the trail, you reach a Y in the trail, keep right at this point.

You should make sure to bring extra warm clothes and a rain jacket with you … as with any mountain hiking; weather and temperature can change radically while on the trail.

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