The Creston Community Forest has completed the extension to the West Ridge Trail that was built in 2019. This new trail provides a more direct and scenic hike to Gliders’ Point (the old hang gliding site). The West Ridge Trail now starts at km 1.5 on the Sullivan Creek Trail (look for post sign). The Sullivan Creek Trail starts at km 1.7 on the Mt Thompson Forest Service Road. Total distance to Gliders’ Point is 3.3 km (1.5 km on the Sullivan Creek Trail and 1.8 km on the West Ridge Trail). For more adventurous hikers, the West Ridge Trail continues to the top of Mt Thompson and the Rim Trail (total one way distance of 6 km). Enjoy the new trail and the picnic site at Gliders’ Point. Use the trail with care.
In May of 2020, a picnic table, fire ring and bench were flown via helicopter to the old hang gliding site now known as Gliders’ Point. The site provides a beautiful view of the valley. It is often frequented by wildlife and is a habitat for Mountain Goats. The historic hang gliding ramps were built from wood in the early 1980’s as a launching site from Mount Thompson. Tricky winds posed a problem for many of the hang gliders and therefore this site was not frequently used.
- Do not litter; pack out all garbage
- Do not cut live trees or dead snags
- Do not gather downed woody debris
- Build fires only in fire ring with provided firewood or bring your own
- Make sure campfire is out before leaving
- Practice bear avoidance (hike in groups, make noise) and carry bear spray
- Do not disturb the wood from the old hang gliding ramps
- Be aware of steep drop offs at view points and picnic site
- Please note there is no washroom at Gliders’ Point or on the trail
If any issues or concerns with Gilders’ Point, please call the Community Forest at 250-402-0070.
Historic Hang Gliding Ramps built in the early 1980’s
Hikers enjoying the view at Gliders’ Point – the wood from the old hang gliding ramps can be seen in the background
Picnic table and fire ring at Gliders’ Point
Picnic table and fire ring being flown via helicopter to Gliders’ Point