Brenda Haley shares her scenic views from a Sunday hike on the cornice ridge side of the Kootenay Pass.
According to WestKootenayHiking.ca, with easy access and good landmarks, this ridge-line hike is a good choice for a short summer adventure.
To get there, drive up Highway 3 to the top of Kootenay Pass and park beside Bridal Lake at the summit.
To access cornice ridge, walk to the day-use hut beside the lake and look for a trail ascending to the left of it. Follow this trail and quickly reach a junction — take the right fork and ascend.
The trail will weave through huckleberry bushes and bear grasses before steadily angling up above Bridal Lake.
After 0.8km, the trail will crest to the edge of the ridge and meet another junction. Go left and ascend.
Right will circle back down to Bridal Lake in a loop.
The route is steeper now, climbing along shelves of rock. Looking up, the rest of Cornice Ridge comes into view.
Left you’ll see the avalanche control station with the ridge curling beyond. Looking back across the highway, you’ll see Ripple Ridge and Monk Peak.