Heiko’s Trail (also known as Rocky Road, or Mountain Lake’s Trail), is a popular route that takes hikers into the alpine backcountry near Fernie, BC. The trail has a nice diversity of ecozones and trail styles and can be done as a relaxed overnight trip. It was created by the late, legendary founder of Fernie Alpine Resort, Heiko Socher.
I’ve done this trail twice and will include details from both trips, but with a focus on the more recent September 2023 trip. The hiking on Heiko’s is not too difficult, but the route is remote with no services, so hikers should be familiar with backcountry travel.
Trip Completed: September 2023/August 2022
Starting Point: Hartley Lake Road Trailhead
Ending Point: Hartley Lake Road Trailhead (out and back)
Total Distance: 18 km (including summit hike)
Elevation Gain: 1360m
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Location: Fernie, BC
Traditional Territory: This route passes through the following traditional territories: Ĩyãħé Nakón mąkóce (Stoney), Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis
Maps & Resources
Rumors, Routes & Rapids by Bernie Palmer and Steve Short
Hiking Heiko’s Trail in Fernie BC | Tourism Fernie
Topographic Maps for Heiko's Trail:
Permits & Reservations
Campsite Reservations / Permits: This hike is on crown land, no reservations or permits are required.
Know Before You Go
Season: Mid June-Early October
Cell Reception: Some cell reception in summer
Water: There is water up until km 10, at Fairly Creek Meadows. No water at Windy Pass or summit.
Wildlife: The area is known for its grizzly bear population. Encounters are common at Fairy Creek Meadows and Windy Pass.
Waste: Outhouse at Trailhead and lower campsite. Pack out all garbage.
Outfitters & Shuttles
Outfitter: We did not use an outfitter for this trip. Hike Fern...
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