Gondola Sightseeing & Hiking
Float above the clouds as you are whisked to 7,700 feet. Take in panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River Wetlands and the quaint town of Golden. During the journey, spot wildlife and perhaps even a glimpse of Kicking Horse resident grizzly bear, Boo.
Once at the summit, venture forth on a hike or simply soak up the endless mountain vistas from on top of the world. After all, the end of the gondola ride is simply the start of your next adventure
Guided CPR Ridge Hike
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours including 30 min gondola ride
Tour Times: Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am & 1:00pm
Stepping off the gondola at the top of the mountain for the first (or even hundredth) time can induce feelings of wonder and humility as the ridgelines of the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges extend back as far as the eye can see. As you stretch your legs around the mountain-top plaza, your mind begins to wander; “is this still the Canadian Rockies? What type of vegetation grows here? Do people really ski down that?” Embarking on a CPR ridge interpretive hike will answer all of your questions and more! Let our resident guide lead you along the ridge and provide you with an educational experience about the mountains and wondrous geography that surrounds you. The CPR ridge interpretive hike is a must-do to complete your Kicking Horse Mountain Resort adventure!
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, walking stick (optional), Wind breaker or sweater, Small snack & drink, Camera, Sun screen, Hat
About your guide: Gary Jolivet has a passion for all things nature! Growing up, the interpretive guides at our Provincial and National parks left a lasting impression on Gary, in turn encouraging him to pass along his love and knowledge of our mountains through to the next generation. Today, he is truly living his dream of skiing in the winter and offering interpretive hikes throughout the summer. As a full-time ski instructor at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Gary has gained an extensive knowledge-base of these mountains and all they have to offer. Take a walk with him and you will learn how plants, animals and people adapt to life at 8000 ft.
Senior / Youth
Unguided Hiking Options
CPR Ridge Walk:
Return Time: 20 – 30 Minutes
Description: This trail begins at the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola and heads down the ridge, parallel to the gondola line. Be sure to take in the lookout points offering spectacular views of the Columbia River Valley, Blaeberry Valley and Rocky Mountains.
Dogtooth Ridge Hike:
Rating: More Difficult (The trail leaves the controlled recreational area)
Return Time: 1 – 6 hours (Depends on turnaround point)
Description: Follow “It’s a Ten” roadway for approx. 200 metres, then follow the trail up to the left and along the ridgeline. At the Y, go right to the top of the Blue Heaven Lookout or continue left on a well defined alpine trail. This trail continues North on the backside of the ridge for several kilometres, eventually ending in the Gorman Lake area. Wild Flowers and fantastic mountain vistas can be found all along this trail.
Terminator Ridge Hike:
Rating: Most Dificult
Return Time: 2 – 3 Hours
Description: From the Gondola top, head South along the Ridge. This well defined trail cuts below Terminator ridge and heads to the Super Bowl saddle. Continue to the follow the main ridge up through a light scramble section. The Trail culminates on T2 summit lookout, at the top of an alpine meadow. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Columbia Wetlands to the South with the Rocky and Purcell Mountains on either side.
It’s a Ten Top to Bottom Hike:
Return Time 1-3 hrs. (This hike is only available from top to bottom)
Description: This well marked, 10 km trail, follows the Ten road from the top of the resort to the bottom. Take the Gondola up and gain 3,700 ft in elevation before following the road directly in front of you. Please be advised the Mountain Bikers also use the road and have right of way.
Bowl Over Loop:
Return Time: 2.5 Hours
Description: The Bowl Over Loop starts at the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola and makes its way down CPR Ridge dropping in elevation until you reach Tower 15 of the Gondola line. Views along the ridgeline are magnificent with vistas of the Dogtooth Range, Blaeberry Valley, Golden, Rocky Mountains, and Columbia Valley. Truly magnificent. From tower 15 you start your heart pumping assent up through the natural beauty of Bowl Over. Gaining elevation with every step, you will be taken in with the scope of the size of Bowl Over itself. The trail heads up through large rocks, alpine meadows and along natural moraine features before its steep final leg that finishes you back up at the summit of Kicking Horse.
CLICK HERE to view our summer trail map