Take a path less travelled along gentle cedar and spruce-lined trails, venture through alpine meadows bursting with colour and ascend craggy rock faces to overlook the reflective mountain lakes below.
Forest Service RoadsYour Gateway
Blue River is fringed with hundreds of kilometres of Forestry Service Roads providing plenty of access to the backcountry for days full of excitement. Hardcore mountaineers and families with small children can find the trail just right for them, just off the beaten path in Blue River.
Explore on FootHiking Blue River
Discover alpine meadows blooming in a riot of colour. Hike in step with the call of a pika. Hope for a rare glimpse of the mountain caribou. Explore craggy rock faces and glimmering mountain lakes. Immerse yourself amongst calming scents of spruce and cedar and feast your eyes on jagged mountaintops that stretch all around you, savouring views that can only be described as inspirational.
Set your own pace hiking our mountains. Stop in at the Blue River Campground to pick up a local trail map, then venture further off the road well-travelled. Within minutes of leaving the Yellowhead Highway you’ll be immersed in wilderness, surrounded by cedars and soaring mountains, with endless trail possibilities to choose from. You decide which way to go…a gentle walk along Eleanor Lake, or a stroll along the Blue River to lunch at River Safari’s waterfront terrace?
Blue River is a traditional harvesting site for the Simpcw First Nation. Hike the Green Mile trail, gaining 220m (721 ft) as you explore, picking wild blueberries and huckleberries along the way, just as the Simpcw people have for generations. Hike to a mountainside picnic at the summit of White Rock. Savour the sights, taking in views of the valley and Blue River below. Reward yourself with a refreshing swim after hiking (or mountain biking) to Mystery Lake. Bring your fishing rod too – the fish are always biting here.
Explore on Two WheelsMountain Biking
Blue Rivers’ mountain biking terrain will have you twisting and turning from alpine summits to lush valley floors. The Green Mile, Chef’s Mile or any of our Forestry Service Roads provide plenty of knobby-tire thrills and a workout for your legs, through a fragrant and lush interior rainforest of cedar and spruce.
While Mountain Biking is popular here, our trails can be challenging to find. Ask any of the locals you’ll meet around town, or stop in at the Blue River Campground for directions to a ride best suited for you.
Explore on Four WheelsATVing
Grab your gear and go. Create your own route exploring countless forest service roads and prepare yourself for a scenic experience. Travel timberlined routes, locate remote backcountry lakes, and take-in picturesque vistas as far as the eye can see.
When to Go
- Our trails are driest and best for hiking and mountain biking between June and October
- Snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski between December and the end of April
Need to Know
- Touring bikes, locks and helmets may be rented at the Blue River Campground
- Bring your own ATV or rent from Alpine Country Rentals in nearby Valemount
- Be prepared for wildlife encounters. Bear bells can be purchased locally
- Many of the best trails around Blue River are unmarked and most are not maintained. Explore with caution, or ask for directions from any of the locals you may encounter around town – they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction
- Mosquitoes are a fact of life throughout the Interior of BC. Prepare for mosquitoes in summer – bring repellent and light-weight, long-sleeved clothing and netting for protection
- Local operators offer guided hiking tours for those that do not wish to explore on their own
- Weather conditions can change from moment to moment. Prepare for cold and/or wet conditions whenever you head into the backcountry
- Remember to pack out what you pack in, respect this fragile ecosystem