Swift Mountain (Summit) (#7 on hiking map)
- Difficulty: Hard
- Warnings: No official warnings. Check social media feeds below for current trail status updates.
- Wheelchair accessible: Only to the parking lot viewpoint (driveable in high-clearance 4×4)
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? yes
- Best seasons: Late June to mid-September
- Distance: 6.1km / 3.8mi
- Approx. time: 5-7hrs return (accessing the trailhead will take approx. 30mins)
- Elevation gain: 722m / 2370 ft
- Steepest grade: 35+%
- Viewpoints: Mountain views, view of Kinbasket Lake, view of Valemount & valley
- Geocache points: Unknown
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Nothing within 5km (Visitor Centre is closest)
- Cell service? Not comprehensive, but in spots.
- Gear to bring: Bring at least 2.5L water/pp, lunch, snacks and mosquito spray
- How to access/where to park: From the Valemount Visitor Info Centre, head north on Hwy 5. Take the first right turn onto Loseth Road (Irvin’s RV turn-off). Follow the road as it veers to the left, then take the first right across the train tracks. Follow this road 11.5km until you see the trailhead & parking sign. Click here to see a map of the access route (road does not appear on Google Maps)
- Best Parts: Fabulous views of the valley, the Village, Kinbasket Lake and surrounding mountain peaks.
- Worst Parts: There are some very steep sections that require climbing over big rocks and it’s hard to grip unless you’re wearing good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are recommended for the ridge walk and the steep descent. The mosquitoes are very bad during the summertime – mosquito spray, long sleeves/pants and/or a net shirt/hat are a must!
Swift Mountain is one of the most accessible peaks in the Valemount area. This is partly due to the high access road. You can drive up a rough forestry road (in a high-clearance vehicle) to a point just below the sub-alpine and walk up a fireguard road. The road eventually disappears and then you’ll have to follow the ribbons marking the route. The trail is quite direct to the summit and it’s steep. Once you’re in the alpine, you’ll get fabulous views of the valley, the Village, Kinbasket Lake and surrounding mountain peaks. The top contains some interesting rock formations and a ridge walk. The mosquitoes are very bad during summertime.
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