Grizzly bear near Marble Canyon.

Already suffering trail closures from bridge washouts and the Numa Creek fire, Kootenay National Park has closed several more trails at the north end of the park due to grizzly bear activity. The closure went into effect August 20, 2013.

Trails affected by the closure include the popular Marble Canyon nature trail (162) and the adjacent Tokumm Creek trail (164). Also closed are the Marble Canyon-Paint Pots connector and the Ochre Creek-Helmet Creek (166) approach to the north end of the Rockwall Trail (165).

The central section of the Rockwall Trail, between Tumbling and Numa Passes, was closed on July 29 due to a wildfire in the Numa Creek drainage (see my post Numa fire severs Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park). Fire crews remain on scene monitoring the fire.

Hikers can receive updates on trail closures by linking to the current Kootenay National Park Trail Report:

Trail numbers above (in parenthesis) refer to the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 9th Edition, 2011.

Photo © Brian Patton