Hikes & Walks
Hiking and walking around Panorama Mountain Resort is simply spectacular! Enjoy everything from high mountain lookouts to creekside valley trails all offering varying degrees of difficulty and adventure.
The following information and web pages were compiled as a reference guide only. We encourage all hikers to take every necessary safety precaution and be appropriately prepared when venturing into the mountains.
15 to 45 minutes
Trails in this category are invigorating walks, suitable for families, and all are within the close vicinity of Panorama Mountain Resort.
45 minutes to 2 hours
These hikes are moderate in length. Hikers will encounter uneven trail conditions so decent shoes are a good idea (flip flops not recommended). Due to variations in elevation along the route more physical effort is required. It is a good idea to bring along some water.
2 hours plus
These hikes can be considered athletic. Hikers will experience more rugged trail conditions and will enjoy a true wilderness experience. Changes in elevation are substantial so a moderate level of fitness is important. For these hikes consider bringing some food and water with you.
Panorama Hiking Map
View the latest Panorama hiking map here. If you wish to pick up a hard copy please visit Guest Services.
Various Hikes in the Area
Below you will find a snapshot of the various hikes at Panorama and in the vicinity of the resort. If you would like more information and downloadable maps for each of the hike just scroll down a little further on this page and follow the link in the next section.
The Valley Trail - EASY
This paved multi-purpose loop is a great summer stroll for the family. From the village, the trail sidles above Greywolf before descending to Cliffhanger Restaurant. The remainder of the 3.5km trail winds along the cool waters of Toby Creek.
Time: Approx. 1 hour loop
Fort Hide n' Seek - EASY
Take your kids to this hidden play area near the top of the Mile 1 Express. It is a downhill walk to the slides and playhouse of Fort Hide n’ Seek and a moderate climb back up to the chairlift.
Time: Approx. 35 minutes return (not including play time)
Lynx Loop - EASY
This short but reasonably strenuous trail climbs through forest above the Mile 1 Express, before descending Panorama’s World Cup Downhill run back to the top of the chairlift. There are great views of Mt. Nelson and the village.
Time: Approx. 1-hour return
Placer Trail to Hale Hut - EASY
This hike departs from the southwest corner of Greywolf Golf Course and runs alongside Toby creek for much of the way. The trail is relatively flat with elevation differences at the trail head and just before the Hale Hut. Pack a lunch and enjoy the afternoon sun and views of Paradox Peak Wolf Molars.
Time: Approx. 1 hour loop
Cox Creek Trail - MODERATE
This trail starts off narrow but rewards hikers with great views and wildlife sightings once Founder’s Ridge is reached. This hike is fairly leisurely as it is almost entirely downhill and ends up in the Upper Village which makes for a great destination to reach for drink and a snack.
Time: Approx. 1 hour to 1.25 hours
Panorama Summit Hike - DIFFICULT
Get a jump on your summit approach by taking the Mile 1 Express to the trail head. The chairlift gives you a 1246 ft vertical head start on your 4000 ft trek up the mountain. The trek is well worth it as you will be rewarded with amazing views and the summit is the gateway to other hikes and ridge walks such as Mount Goldie.
Time: Approx. 2-3 hours
Mount Goldie Hike - DIFFICULT
Once you are at the summit of Panorama and you still have the energy to carry on you should do yourself a favour and summit Mount Goldie too. Venture out the Outback Ridge of Tayton Bowl and upwards past the tree line and alpine lake.
Time: Approx. 1 hour
Jumbo Pass - DIFFICULT
It will take a little while to get to the trail head by 4x4, but the hike is well worth the effort. The Jumbo area is truly spectacular filled with soaring peaks, wildflowers and alpine lakes. Watch the weather and wait until late summer to do this hike. Timing is critical as you want to hike it after the snow has melted, but before the snow starts to fall again.
Time: Approx. 2 to 2.5 hours
Lake of the Hanging Glacier - DIFFICULT
Surrounded by sky reaching peaks, this glacial lake is an unreal blue colour that is best viewed in all its glory on sunny days. Bring your binoculars as there are often mountain goats with white coats that blend well into the background of the leftover snow and glacier. Make sure to pack a lunch, but leave no trace in this pristine area of nature.
Time: Approx. 2.5 to 3 hours
We're here to help.
We thought it would be really helpful if we provided you with PDF trail maps of the various hikes described above in a downloadable PDF so you can reference them at your leisure: offline on your tablet, or a printed copy to take with you on your hike. All the PDF maps are made available thanks to the efforts of Kyle Strachan who chronicled his journeys throughout the summer of 2010.
- Simplified trail map showing the route
- How to get to the trail head
- Trail description
- Tips on staying safe
Panorama Mountain Resort is surrounded by some of the most rugged mountain terrain in North America. The alpine meadows, forests and valleys are frequented by wildlife. Bears and cougars tend to avoid human-contact so hiking in larger groups and making lots of noise helps avoid aggressive encounters. Wearing bells, talking or singing helps alert animals to your presence without startling them. Do not approach wildlife to take photos. You may consider carrying bear spray; remember that this is a deterrent and not a life-saving device.
- Never hike or bike alone! Travel in groups when venturing away from the village. There is safety in numbers.
- Wear bells, talk or sing. Bears and cougars tend to avoid human contact, so make noise to let them know you are in the area.
- Always use animal proof garbage bins. Animals are attracted to garbage and once habituated often have to be destroyed.
- If you see a deer, remember: Give it plenty of room, During fawning season doe are aggressive and territorial in the protection of their young. Guests with dogs must take extra caution. Fawns are well camouflaged and very difficult to see.
- If you see a bear or cougar: Remain calm; don't panic. Bring children and pets to your side, never approach the animal and do not run from it. Warn others of the animal’s presence, without yelling.
If you’re on Panorama mountain, report the sighting and location to a bike park patroller or lift operator. If you are in the village, call Central Check-In by dialing 0 from any phone in the resort.
Hikers responsibility Code
Wherever you hike, no matter what season or whether it’s a short hike or a multi-day trek, be safe. Follow the Hiker Responsibility Code.
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
- With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
- To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
- To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
- To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
- For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
- To share the hiker code with others.
Along The Way
Conditions of trails vary wildly depending on the time of year and weather, as well as recent landslides or avalanches. Unless properly trained, never cross an ice field. Even the smallest field can hide fatal crevasses. Creek crossings often employ planks of wood or fallen trees to traverse; if you ever doubt your ability, turn back.
Before Setting Off
Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. If you intend exploring, carry and know how to use a topographical map and compass. A light waterproof and windproof shell is a bare minimum to combat sudden weather changes during summer and it’s always worth remembering it may be significantly cooler at a destination so extra layers can be very useful. Water may be available along the way, but it is impossible to guarantee its safety and Giardia (beaver fever) is always a risk unless the water is boiled. Carry a suitable amount of water and food depending on your length of hike.
In your backpack
- snack or meal
- waterproof jacket
- map and compass
- first aid kit
- insect repellent
More Hiking Resources
If you are looking for more hiking trails in the area check out the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance (CVGTA), web page.