A closure of several hiking trails in the north end of Kootenay National Park was lifted this week (August 30, 2013) just in time for the Labour Day weekend. The closure was centred on the popular Marble Canyon Hiking Trail and was enacted August 20 after a grizzly was discovered feeding on a carcass in the area (see my earlier post Grizzly closes trails in Kootenay National Park).
In addition to Marble Canyon (162), trails affected by the closure were Tokumm Creek (164), the Marble Canyon-Paint Pots connector and the Ochre Creek-Helmet Creek approach (166) to the north end of the Rockwall Trail (165). While these trails have reopened and are in good condition, there is still grizzly activity in the area and hikers should travel with caution.
Meanwhile, the Paint Pots trail (163) remains closed due to a bridge washout just beyond the trailhead, as does the central section of the Rockwall Trail (Tumbling Pass to Numa Pass) due to the Numa Creek fire.
Trail numbers refer to descriptions in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th edition (2011).
Photo © Brian Patton