Forest Recreation

Thompson Rotary Trail

The Thompson Rotary Trail is a short, yet scenic trail that was developed by the Creston Rotary Club. This trail takes you through beautiful Douglas Fir – Ponderosa Pine forests onto a benched viewpoint overlooking the Creston Valley. Red-tailed hawks, Arrow-leaved balsalm root, and many other features are present that make this trail a great afternoon hike.

As of May 2019, the CCF’s trail crew has re-graded the trail, so make sure to get out there and see the work they’ve accomplished. Maps coming soon.


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 3.5 km. Park along the side of the road next to the trailhead sign saying “Thompson Rotary”. 

  • Trailhead access from town: 20-30 minutes
  • Hiking Time (Return): 1.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 310 meters
  • Distance (Return): 3.3 km 


Viewpoint bench along the Thompson Rotary Trail

View overlooking the Creston Valley from the Thompson Rotary Trail