Hikers walk along the a trail at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Going to great heights for a walk off the beaten track in Golden

Golden offers many great trails for people who want to have a walk with nature.

A friend informed me that it was time to take a walk off the beaten path. But in Golden, off the beaten path is a pretty big area.

So I decided to start with Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

My perspective guides for my Saturday afternoon hike had a, well, let’s call it a rough Saturday morning. So I struck out on my own, and naturally picked the easiest hike I could find. Although let’s face it, my definition of “easy” is a far cry from “Kicking Horse easy.”

The 360 degree views were breathtaking, and I was fortunate enough to have one of the nicest weather days of the summer so far.

The resort, hosting the 2012 Western Open, and the couple having their wedding at the Eagle’s Eye were also very fortunate to have the good weather.

I walked down the narrow, rocky trail, trying to keep a solid footing while the sheer height of the mountain made me dizzy with vertigo.

All around me mountain bikers were taking off down the hill, some with the race, others just out for a day on the mountain.

Every few metres I had to stop to take another photo (unlike walking back up the path, where I had to stop every few metres to catch my breath).

By the end of my relatively short hike, I was grateful that my guides, who had been planning a minimum two-hour peak-to-peak hike, had called in sick.

Although if they offer again I will definitely take them up on it.

If the views from my short hike parallel to the Gondola were that spectacular, I can only imagine what they would be like on the other peak, away from hustle and bustle of the other hikers and tourists on the mountain.

I have a long to-do list for my next off the beaten path adventure: mountain biking at Kicking Horse, hiking up to Gorman lake, fishing in one of the many lakes in the area, taking in the view at the top of Mount 7, or just relaxing in Whiteswan hot springs.

What is your favourite off the beaten path spot and activity around Golden? Let me know at reporter2@thegoldenstar.net.


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