Some of the Hiking Trails and Bike Routes around Hope, BC
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Located in Hope near the corner of Highway 1 and the Old Hope-Princeton Highway. This well maintained hiking trail is just 10 blocks from downtown Hope. This steep trail is used my many as an exercise trail. The Hope Mountain Lookout trail takes about 2 hours, round trip. Parking is under the Highway 3 overpass off the Old Hope Princeton Hwy. The parking area has picnic tables and a kiosk describing the trail.

Ladner Creek is located off the Coquihalla Highway, 28k east of Hope. There is no way to cross the highway (east bound) at Ladner Creek. Use the Portia exit #202, u-turn and park at the trail head just east of Ladner Creek Bridge. Scramble up some loose rock for about 50m to the railway grade and walk north. At approximately one kilometer you will find an old train tunnel. Unfortunately, there's been a cave-in which requires walking up, over and around the tunnel. The downside of this trail is that it's quite narrow with loose rock (can be dangerous). The Ladner Creek Train Trestle is located just beyond the tunnel. I would suggest not walking across the trestle as there's large parts of the deck missing and it’s a long fall to the creek below.

From Hope, drive east on Kawkawa Lake Road to Othello Road and turn right onto
Tunnels Road. From the upper parking lot this 2% railway grade is an easy walk of approximately eight Kilometers, ending at the Thacker Marsh parking lot. The walk includes four tunnels, two train trestles, great views of the Coquihalla River, Thacker Marsh
and the Sucker Creek Salmon spawning channels. Unlike Ladner Creek, these trestles and tunnels are very safe. This is also a great bicycle path (walk bikes thru' the tunnels).

Hope has many opportunities for cyclists. There is a circle route around the town that is connected by Flood Hope Road, Silver Creek and the Hope airport. The Kettle Valley Railway grade from Thacker Marsh to the Othello Tunnels would be considered easy off-road riding. In the surrounding area there are many serious road and off-road routes. Don't forget the Bike Skills Park on Kawkawa Lake Road near the Coquihalla River.
The Rotary Trail is an easy kilometer walk (round trip) along the Coquihalla River. It starts where Coquihalla meets the Fraser River (Wardle Street and Seventh Avenue) and ends at the Hope Golf and Country Club Bridge. This nature trail is great for the casual outdoor walker and is suitable for all ages.

Start at Thacker Marsh; follow the Kettle Valley Rail-Bed to Coquihalla Canyon Park and the Othello Tunnels (the tunnels are open from the 24th of May until October 31st). Look for the Hope-Nicola trailhead in the upper parking lot. Walk to a junction in the trail. The left (south) fork goes over the Hope-Nicola Pass (Historic 1860's Cattle Trail) and back to the KVR Rail bed. Take the right fork, cross Othello road and onto Pretty's Logging road. Travel on the logging road to Union Bar Road and back to Thacker Marsh.

Thacker Mountain is only 3k from downtown Hope. Most hikers drive and park at the end of the pavement on Thacker Road, then a quick walk up the 4x4 service road. The entire mountain top (not really a mountain it's more like a big hill) is covered in dozens of easy hiking / biking trails with great views.

Drive west of Hope 6k on Hwy. 1 and take exit 168. Turn south over the overpass and left on the service road.  Drive 100m and park near the Flood Falls trail head sign. This is a short, easy hike (follow the creek) of approximately 25 minutes round trip. The hike can be made longer by walking downhill and east to the old paint ball grounds. Walk up the creek from the campground and you will find two more waterfalls. After heavy rains, you can see 8 or 9 waterfalls in the area.

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