Difficulty Level: Easy/Intermediate
Distance: 5km loop
Elevation Gain: 0m
Dog Friendly: Yes
Bike Friendly: Yes
Facilities: Pit Toilets at the parking area, two picnic shelters, benches. There are also pit toilets at the first picnic area (1.5km; junction)
A level shaded walk that loops around Champion Ponds. This is a great trail for birdwatchers with many opportunities to stop and enjoy the view of the Columbia River valley. The Poplar and Larch trees make this a spectacular hike in the fall. Thanksgiving meals can enjoyably be walked off by the whole family on this beautiful loop trail! Once the snow arrives this trail is a popular snowshoe loop. At the 1.5km mark on the trail, there is a junction. This is a 2 km loop so it doesn’t matter which way you go.
Please exercise caution above the numerous cliffs along this trail.
Mel DeAnna Access
•Head towards Salmo on Hwy 3
•5km east of Castlegar turn into the viewpoint/rest area on the right
•Follow trail past viewpoint and through the gate towards the Champion Ponds