Trail Map

Quick Facts

Distance: 1.7km Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 50m
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Features: Mature forest
Time: 1 hour
Parking: Lots


Driving directions

Ka Papa Cedars Trail is located approximately 35 km west of Creston on Highway 3, toward Kootenay Pass.

Drive past Maryland/Boundary Creek turn-off (on left), Jordan’s Cabin (on right), keep going past Bayonne Creek (on right), to Char Creek Forest Service Road turn-off (on left).  This pullout is just before the yellow avalanche-closure gates and 5 km before the chain-up area west of Kootenay Pass. Continue 1 km up Char Creek Forest Service Road, over the bridge crossing Summit Creek. The parking area and a kiosk sign are on the left at Ka Papa Cedars trailhead.


The trail loop meanders past a variety of spectacular ancient trees. You’ll find the trail located within a narrow valley beside Summit Creek (close to the highway). Even though the trailhead is off Char Creek Forestry Service Road, Char Creek is not near the trail.  It can take up to an hour to complete the hike if one takes the time to appreciate the old growth trees.

Elevation Profile