The High Rockies Trail — See our Guide — is finished with the exception of signage. The official opening planned for August 26 as part of the Trans CanadaTrail celebrations was cancelled by Trailnet – we consider the trail to be open! It is just under 82 km from Goat Creek to Elk Pass at the powerline. While almost all of the trail can be used in winter there are a few things you should be aware of:
- From Goat creek to Canyon Road the trail can be used by snowshoers, winter walkers, fat tire bikers, and where suitable by skiers. Between Goat Creek and Three Sisters Dam you will share the trail with commercial sled dog operators.
- From Canyon south to Elk Pass, the High Rockies Trail is almost all groomed ski trail. Fat tire bikers and snowshoers are asked not to use this section of the HRT during the grooming season.
- The section of trail through the Buller avalanche control zone is now officially closed between Nov 1st and May 1st. Signs are up at either end of the section and at the winter access (see map).
- The impressive 73 m (240 ft.) suspension bridge at Blackshale Creek is finished. There are trails down to the highway on either side if you want to hike up for a quick look. See map.