Idaho Peak Shuttle provides a comfortable, stress free, shuttle service from the Village of New Denver to the parking areas on Silver Ridge for accessing the spectacular Idaho Peak Lookout Trail.
Three daily shuttles depart Knox Hall, New Denver taking you east along Highway 31A. Turning off the paved highway we continue along a 17 km gravel road passing through the historic mining town of Sandon, before heading up a narrow winding forest service road climbing through cool. forested lower elevations into alpine meadows & eventually onto Silver Ridge itself at an elevation of 2000m (6562 feet)..
Spectacular wild flower displays & 360 degree vistas of the Selkirk & Purcell ranges await you.
We would like to remind everyone that they should come prepared with some basic items:
Idaho Peak is at an elevation of 7,400′. It is cooler at this height & quite often windy due to day heating, this can make it feel cooler still. The weather in the mountains can change suddenly & you are quite exposed to the elements. A jacket or sweater is a good idea (a must for the 5 pm sunset/full moon shuttle).
There is “no water” & the hike to the tower gains 500′, which may sound very little, but it is a good work out & you will get thirsty. So bring plenty of fluids (especially if you are bringing your dog).
The trail itself is very well maintained, with steps in sections. It can get quite dirty & dusty when dry, & flip flops are really not the choice of foot wear. Running shoes & hiking boots recommended.
We would also suggest bringing a snack. You are going to be up there a couple of hours (round trip four hours).
The hike to the peak from the top parking lot is 2 km & mostly follows the contour of the ridge with two small elevation gains. The lower trail is 1.6 km & starts with a brief climb, drops down & across a bowl before ascending again to join the top trail.