Rating: 5 stars.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult depending on destination.
Distance: 6 km return to Thor Lake. Roughly 12 km return to either the Rockgarden Camp or Nifleheim Basin. Roughly 16 km return to Three Island Lake.
Description: A very ‘important’ access trail to the climbing in the vicinity of Thor Creek. Mount Thor, Mount Nifleheim, Kelly Peak, Gates Peak. This trail is your only option. It also provides an excellent trail to view all of the above named mountains. Whether it is a hike into Thor Lake, the Nifleheim Basin or to the ‘Rockgarden Camp’ at the foot of Kelly Peak, this trail is sure not to disappoint. You can also use this trail to access the spectacular Three Island Lake and Gates Peak. More than likely put in by David P Jones in his quest to climb everything worthy in the Gold Range. The trail is rough but complete. With good route finding skills you won’t have any problems following the trail. One of the most spectacular hiking areas surrounding Revelstoke.
Directions: From Revelstoke head south on Highway 23. A couple of kilometres before you hit the Shelter Bay Ferry Slip turn right onto the Shelter Bay FSR. Hang a right onto the Dry Creek Road until it intersects with the Killeen Road. At the Pingston bridge continue onto the Thor Road. Park at the trailhead. For the most part the roads are in good shape. A little bit overgrown close to the trailhead, if you are concerned about scratching up your fancy new tacoma, you may want to park at the old logging equipment junk and walk the extra kilometer. Follow the trail to Thor Lake. If you want to head up to Niflheim Basin, cross the log jam visible just as you reach Thor Lake. For the Rockgarden proceed along the north shore of Thor Lake across the Flats. Trail disappears here and there but is easy to find again. For Three Island Lake take a right at the fork prior to the Rockgarden.
- Shelter Bay FSR: N50 38.857 W117 55.993
- Dry Creek Road: N50 37.730 W117 56.509
- Killeen Road: N50 39.869 W118 00.087
- Thor Road: N50 36.810 W118 02.076
- Thor Lake trailhead: N50 37.747 W118 04.941
Useful Maps: Backroads Mapbook.