Dutch Creek Hoodoos, British Columbia
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Alien-like cliffs towering over the north end of Columbia Lake characterize the Dutch Creek Hoodoos Conservation Area in British Columbia. The craggy spires are deposits of gravel, sand and silt left by retreating glaciers that once covered the area. Its ridges are shaped by thousands of years of wind and rain erosion.
The conservation area offers a spectacular view of Columbia Lake and nearby Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties. It supports many local wildlife populations, including the at-risk American badger, Lewis’s woodpecker and beautiful wildflowers such as Hooker’s Townsend daisy.
Trail length: 3 kilometres round trip, loop and side trails
Hike difficulty: Easy to moderate
- parking lot
- interpretive signs
- cell service
Points of interest
- panoramic views over the Columbia River Valley and Columbia Lake
- acrobatic birds flying in and out of the nests along the cliffs
Species to look out for
- American badger
- mule deer
- red-tailed hawk
- bald eagle
- white-throated swift
- violet-green swallow
1. From Fairmont Hot Springs (Fairmont Resort Road and Highway 93/95 junction), head south on Highway 93/95 for 3.3 kilometres.
2. Turn right on Westside Road and head north for 1.2 kilometres. The parking lot is on the left (west) side of the road. The parking lot is located on an adjacent conservation area owned by The Nature Trust of BC. The walking trail from the parking lot leads through the forest to the Dutch Creek Hoodoos.
When visiting the property, please:
- Respect the wildlife and other visitors.
- Travel on designated paths only. Stay away from the edge of the cliffs.
- Be aware of your surroundings, as this is bear and cougar country.
- Ensure that all dogs are accompanied by their owner and controlled on a leash at all times.
- Refrain from lighting fires or smoking.
- Remove your own garbage, and please pick up after your pets.
- Do not remove any plants or animals.
- Note that the use of on- or off-road vehicles, the building of fires, trapping and cutting of firewood are prohibited.
All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.