DIRECTIONS: A non-technical trail that offers lakes, mountain goats, and breathtaking 360-degree views of the Coastal Range, North Cascades and Thompson Plateau. It is located in Cathedral Provincial Park near Keremeos, BCcreate
Cathedral Rim Trail
Aug 21, 2017
Been driving past the sign for this place for 40+ years and have always wanted to check it out. It did not disappoint, despite the steep day-trip fee for the shuttle that takes you up to the core area (you cannot drive in). The day was picture perfect with minimal smoke haze and only a few black flies. Took the Glacier Lake route up to the rim, which opened up after the initial incline from the lodge area and after the unfortunate beetle-kill spruce forest. The dead trees gave way to larch and open glade and a steep rocky incline to the top of the ridge to intercept the Rim Trail, which became more of a ridge traverse. I could actually see Mt Baker and Garibaldi! And you can feel the 2500m, so movement slows down a bit as you explore the cool granitic stones and enjoy the views. It's also a bit chilly with the wind - layers are key. Bring plenty of water as there is only a bit of snow here and there up top. After checking out the Smokey the Bear feature and Giant Cleft, it was a long, initially steep trip back down via Ladyslipper Lake, which was stunning. Spend some time here if you can! Then it's a beautiful downhill forest walk back down to the lodge. Day began at the lodge at 9:00 and I rolled in to the base at 15:30, with some chill time (feet in the lake) before the 17:30 one hour trip back down (allow 30 min from here to the highway, dirt road). Stellar day!