On 6 August 2020, Zosia Zgolak and I stopped
in Castlegar, British Columbia for a much-needed shower at the
Pass Creek Campground
($5.00 per person for non-campers and no time limits). After
charging up some batteries and doing some grocery shopping, we decided to
stretch out our legs with a walk up Dove Hill on the east side of town.
The short hike starts near the entrance to Castlegar Golf Club along Aaron
Road. There is a small pullout for a couple of cars just outside
the gate to the golf course, and the trailhead kiosk is about 50 metres
beyond the gate on the left. The trail is pretty flat for the first
half kilometre or so, but then it begins to climb more steeply up a
series of switchbacks culminating in a nice viewpoint overlooking the
town (1.7 kilometres one-way from the trailhead with 140 metres elevation
gain). The actual high point of Dove Hill is on a forested bump a
short distance further along the trail, but there are no far-reaching
views here. During our hike, we got a second shower of the day when
it started raining just as we arrived at the viewpoint.
Fortunately, the rain was light and short-lived, and the cooler
temperatures were most welcome after a week of hot weather in the
province. While it is possible to continue down the far side of
Dove Hill and do a loop, we opted to simply hike back the way we came.
Dove Hill turned out to be a great option for a rainy "rest day", and we
would be refreshed and ready for the next day's adventures.
Zosia stands at a viewpoint
overlooking Columbia River and the town of Castlegar.
Sonny and Zosia take a selfie on the viewless high point of Dove Hill