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Fisher Peak | British Columbia, Canada

A vigorous hike to the spire of Fisher Peak offers a stunning view of two provinces and three states. NHL local hero Scott Neidermayer used his champion's right to a day with the Stanley Cup and hoisted the trophy at the top of Fisher Peak.

National Hockey League’s local hero Scott Niedermayer used his champion’s right to a day with the Stanley Cup and hoisted the trophy at the top of Fisher Peak. – Alan Maudie - www.alanmaudie.com

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

At Fort Steele on Highway 93/95, turn southeast at the commercial campground and store on to Wardner/Fort Steele Road. At 0.5 km, turn left onto Wildhorse Forest Service Road. At 2.2 km, turn left onto Mause Creek Road. Stay on Mause Creek Road to the trail head at 10.1 km.

Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail

Full Day

The hike and climb to Mount Fisher doesn't require specific technical skill, however, the hike is strenuous and challenging. Reaching the summit is a steep and rugged scramble. The hike begins on a steep, forested trail and gains elevation immediately. The forest cover thins out as the route passes through the sub-alpine - gentle creeks and alpine meadow. The final approach to the peak travels over and around boulders on an unmarked and non-maintained route. There's a tiny platform of rock at the top which can accommodate a few people at one time.

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

Mount Fisher is the highest and most visually significant summit of the southern Rocky Mountains. It rises above Fort Steele and the City of Cranbrook , in British Columbia. The peak stands 300 metres (1,000 ft) above the neighbouring peaks which makes it the focus for a memorable hike. The views are simply breathtaking from the summit and include a panorama of the Kootenay River Valley and the Rockies. Fisher Peak is one of the most popular and more difficult trips in the area.

Trail Distance

8-10 kilometres (5-6 mi)

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

Elevation gain: 1,400 metres (4,400 ft); Mt Fisher: 2,846 metres (9,336 ft)