Lady Slipper Trail
The trailhead leaves the Goat Mountain Forest Service Road uphill through mixed forest with tall understory. Ascending through mature stands and past old veteran trees (now serving as wildlife condos), the understory opens to reveal coralroots, fungi and wildflowers. This area is home to the Ladyslipper, the trail’s namesake, in the mid-to-late spring. Here, the ground begins to level, hinting flirtatiously of Selkirk views on one side and revealing erratic boulders deposited by glaciers on the other. Passing through a floral meadow you climb to some of the greatest westward views available a short distance from downtown Creston. Cresting the summit will take you down a short trail to an Eastern viewpoint and excellent picnic location.
From the Creston Valley Visitor Center, head north along Highway 3. Reset your trip odometer at the Highway 3/3A junction (beisde the Tim Hortons). Continue heading north on highway 3A for 4km. Turn right onto Lakeview-Arrow Creek Road. At 5.3 km, keep right at the intersection. At 6.2 km, turn right onto Foster Road. The pavement ends at the base of Goat Mountain Forestry road (6.9 km). Reset your trip odometer here. Keep right at the first three junctions you meet along the forestry road. In 6 km, you will arrive at the trailhead with a pullout for parking on the right.
- Trailhead Access from town: 30-40 minutes
- Hiking Time (Return): 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours
- Elevation Gain: 400 meters
- Distance (Return): 4.8 km
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Scenic viewpoint along the Lady Slipper Trail
Hikers starting up the Lady Slipper Trail
Hiker enjoying the lush forest
Mountain Lady Slipper, Cypripedium montanum. A rare and native orchid to BC. The flowers are rare to see as some plants may not flower for up to 12 years.