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Canadian Rockies Trail Guide

Paint Pots x-ingRock foundations and truncated trail mark where the suspension bridge to the Paint Pots spanned the Vermilion River in Kootenay National Park. The bridge washed out in 2012, and with no immediate prospect of replacement, hikes to the Paint Pots and the northern region of The Rockwall now begin from Marble Canyon.

Follow the trail into Marble Canyon for 150 m to a junction and gate on the left. From this junction, the access trail runs southwest above the Vermilion River for 3.2 km to the Paint Pots and the Ochre Creek trail. As described in the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, the following trails are affected by this detour (add 2 km to all distances for these trips):

163—Paint Pots

165—Rockwall Trail

166—Helmet Creek

167—Tumbling Creek

As a footnote, bridges on Tumbling Creek are washed out at this time (July 24), so the trail is considered unsafe and is closed until further notice.

Photo © Brian Patton