Mount Thompson Rim Trail
On 9 August 2018, Zosia Zgolak and I hiked the Mount Thompson Rim Trail
near Creston, British Columbia. We discovered this hike in
Backroad Mapbook: Kootenays (3rd Edition) by Russell Mussio and
Wesley Mussio. The most arduous aspect of this trip is the long
uphill drive to the trailhead which is basically at the summit of Mount
From Highway 3 at the east end of Creston, turn east onto
Canyon-Lister Road. Drive for 1.1 kilometres across a bridge over
Goat River and turn left onto Whimster Road. Drive for about 750
metres to a junction and go straight onto the signed Mt Thompson Lookout
Forest Service Road (high clearance vehicle recommended). Ignore
all side roads and drive for another 10 kilometres to the summit of Mount
The Rim Trail starts at a wooden sign just south of the summit radio
towers and runs along the undulating ridge crest south of Mount Thompson.
The trail climbs over a couple of minor bumps before culminating at a
high point with a "green rocket" (telecommunications tower) on top.
The most disappointing aspect on this day was the wildfire smoke which
effectively obscured what would normally be far-reaching views in all
directions. Resigned to that fact, we had a bite to eat in the
shade of the green rocket before returning the way we came.
The drive back down the access road was long and bumpy, but we eventually
made it back to pavement without any issues. We then stopped for
fruit and refreshments at a store on the corner of Highway 3 and
Canyon-Lister Road before commencing the long drive home to wrap up our
whirlwind road trip.
||Zosia approaches some radio towers at
the summit of Mount Thompson (2128 metres).
The Mount Thompson Rim Trail follows the ridge crest
over a succession of bumps leading to the high point in the distance.
||A short distance from the trailhead is
this memorial for a climber who perished along with his partner on
Mount Andromeda in 1999.
||Zosia hikes along the ridge crest
which is quite broad in places.
||Zosia drops down slightly just before
the final climb up to the high point.
||The trail essentially disappears here,
and a little bit of off-trail scrambling is needed to reach to top.
Sonny and Zosia reach the high point (2168 metres) of
the Rim Trail with Mount Thompson visible in the distance.