Fall, or better known as offseason in a ski community like Sun Peaks, is often met with anticipation of the powder days to come but also a sad realization that our favourite summer activities are coming to an end. However, the season is a great time to take advantage of cooler temperatures and head out on a hike to condition your legs for the upcoming turns.
Here are three of our favourites to get you going:
This fall we’re spoiled with the addition of two extra bonus weekends keeping the chairlift turning to the end of the month at Sun Peaks. Starting in our backyard check out Gil’s trail. This pathway is 2.4 km one way of steady incline which takes you through trees and along some iconic ski runs. A quick trip to the top and you’ll be rewarded with a view of Tod Lake, gaining a sense of accomplishment without being too tired.
This trail is about a 45 minute trip one way, so if you add in a few stops for photos along the way you’re looking at a quick two-hour excursion. This hike is great if you’re looking for a relaxing end to your day. The Gil’s trail is the perfect after work hike or kick-off to your weekend.
Our next recommendation is for those who are looking to escape from their busy lives and be immersed in nature. Just a short drive down the road you’ll find Embleton Mountain. This mountain is covered in marked trails with many possible routes and great views of the valley and Heffley Lake.
Wanting to be right in the forest? Hike the fence trail to the lookout. This trail has some steep, challenging sections but as you’re surrounded by trees the entire way it makes the climb worth it when you get high enough to see the lake below.
The Embleton trail system is dog friendly with crossings built over fence lines so pups can safely explore alongside you. Look out for the cows who are out grazing and enjoying the mountainside.
The final hike we recommend is farther from Sun Peaks but makes a great half-day trip with the family. Gibraltar Rock is nestled along the shore of Paul Lake and has multiple access points. We like starting from the beach which takes you along a well-maintained trail with a constant incline roughly 280m in elevation. Views are limited until you reach the top where you’re treated to a full view of Paul Lake.
This hike is also great for furry companions. Ours loved all the sticks he was able to collect along the way to the top. We’d recommend this hike to anyone who wants to make a full day of it. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at the dog beach and let your pet cool off in the lake after your climb.
Grab a friend, pack a day bag, and we’ll see you on the trails.