Forest Recreation

Thompson Pack Trail

The Thompson Pack Trail is a 4.7 km (one-way) trail that parallels and meanders along Sullivan Creek. This trail takes you through beautiful cedar-hemlock forests that boast an abundant and diverse population of fungi. This mainly shaded trail provides hikers with relief from the sun, making this a wonderful summer hike. This trail was originally built to transport supply up to the Thompson Forestry Lookout Tower. This tower was used seasonally and was used as a fire lookout. Due to it’s proximity to town and great singletrack, this trail provides excellent opportunity for hiking, horse-back riding, or trail running. This trail is also open to mountain bikers.

The CCF’s trail crew have recently upgraded this trail, which included brushing out the understory, some regrading of the trail, and the construction of two new bridges along Sullivan Creek! Keep an eye out for the crew’s handy work on the upper bridge, which was constructed using only hand-tools.

Access Point 1:

From the Creston Valley Visitor Center, head southeast on Highway 3 towards Cranbrook. At roughly 5.8 km, turn right at Canyon-Lister Road. Continue on this road, and turn left onto 51st Street after about 1.5 km. Follow Vance Road until it’s end, at which point the trailhead will be at the beginning of the CCF’s newest fuel mitigation project. Park on the left hand side of the road’s end, and hike up the decomissioned road until pink flaggers appear on your left hand side –  this is the official start of the Thompson Pack Trail. From this trailhead, the distance will be about 10 km roundtrip.  

Access Point 2:

From the Creston Valley Visitor Center, head southeast on Highway 3 towards Cranbrook. At roughly 5.8 km, turn right at Canyon-Lister Road. Continue on this road, and turn left onto Whimster Road after about 1 km. Follow Whimster Road until it’s end – keep left to continue onto Mount Thompson FSR. Stay on this well maintained gravel road for 2 km. Park at the “Thompson Pack” sign alongside the road or back into the spur road. From this trailhead, the distance will be about 8 km round trip. 


  • Trailhead access from town: 20-30 minutes
  • Hiking Time (Return): 3-4 hours
  • Distance (Return): ~5 km

Portions of this trail are within beautiful hemlock-cedar forests – this provides excellent shade during the summer time.

Large Douglas Fir next to the lower sections of the Pack Trail.