This trail provides great views of the magnificent Bugaboo spires from a distance, yet its remote location all but guarantees that you won’t be running into throngs of other hikers. The trail starts on an old logging road, and then follows the Chalice Creek drainage into the forest. It’s worth stopping to check out the creek and a couple of waterfalls next to the trail. About a kilometre into the hike, the trail crosses Chalice Creek on a footbridge consisting of a couple of logs. The next section of the hike is fairly flat, but it can be muddy. The trail then swings back into the forest and switchbacks up to the ridge. Don’t forget to stop and look back at the view (and catch your breath). As you break out of the trees onto the ridge the trail becomes indistinct. Make sure you look around to get your bearings so you can find the trail on your return trip down. A path to a small tarn is marked by a series of cairns. There are lots of options for ridge walks, limited only by your time and energy. For those with energy to spare, venture south along the ridge's open expanse. An additional hour will get you to a col above Septet Pass (which lies to the east) with more options for summiting and scrambling.
High clearance vehicle recommended. Set your odometer to zero at the traffic lights on Highway 93/95 at the Invermere junction. Head North to Radium for 13 km. From the 4 way stop in Radium, continue on Highway 95 towards Golden. At 42 km turn left on Brisco Road (signed the Bugaboos). At 42.5 km cross the railway tracks and follow the road to the right. At 45.5 km keep right at the junction to stay on Brisco Road. At 47 km keep right at another junction to continue on Brisco Road. At 50.6 km turn left at the junction onto Westside Road. At 53.2 km stay right. At 64.5 km turn right at yet another junction. At 89.3 km turn right at the junction at the Bugaboo Provincial Park sign. At the next junction stay left crossing Bugaboo Creek, then immediately after the bridge turn right toward the Chalice Creek trailhead. Follow this rough, narrow road for a further 3 km then park in the small clearing.
This trail is actively maintained by the Summit Trail Makers Society in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails. Please report any maintenance issues directly to them - firstname.lastname@example.org
Variable outdoor terrain
Summer, early fall