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Rim Rocks Hiking Trail-Exploring the Rocks

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Walk Through a Volcanic Valley in Canada

Rim Rocks Hiking Trail allows you to climb and trek through boulders and along lava rocks.

If you want your heart to jump a beat, Rim Rocks Hiking Trail is it! I did this hike in the spring with snow still on the ground and heard you could climb down into the rocks. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the trailhead down and it would have been a bit dangerous so we decided to come back in the summer.

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

Beverly Sills

Quick Glance for Rim Rocks Hiking Trail 

Time: 2-4 hrs
Distance: 5.1 km (if following the trail, longer/shorter if exploring the rocks)
Trail: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
What to bring: Water, snacks, sun protection, hiking sticks (optional), and proper hiking shoes
Road conditions: Accessible by car but it's quite a washboard in the summer.
Other information: Climbing through the rocks can be quite challenging and dangerous, please be prepared.

Directions: 

Head east towards Lavington, British Columbia on HWY BC-6, turning right on King Edward Forest Service Road for about 5.5km. Alternatively, type in 'Rim Rocks Trail' into Google Maps. Park your car on the side of the road to start the trail. 

Rim Rocks Hiking Trail:

There has been a bit of logging at the start of the trail before you finally end up walking through some trees. You'll pass a cattle guard with an old abandoned car on the righthand side. 

Old abandoned car. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair

Just a little bit past the old car, the trail will veer off into 2 trails. Continue left where you will come across a viewpoint that overlooks the valley. Just after this, you will descend down into the rocks. If that's not your thing, keep following the trail to finish the hike which will also lead you back to the road and to your car.

Viewpoint at Rim Rocks. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair


First Descend of Rim Rocks Hiking Trail

There are 2 descends you will need to climb down before venturing into Rim Rocks. As you approach the first descent, a blue rope/leash is tied to a log, in addition to the trees, to help you down. Be careful when going down as the dirt is loose and it is steep.

First descend. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair
Climbing over the logs for the first descend. Photo Credit: Nicole Adair
Using the logs for support. Photo Credit: Nicole Adair
First desend. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair

 
Second Descend of Rim Rocks Hiking Trail

The second descend is right after, however, it is much harder as there's limited footing, loose dirt and it goes straight down. There is a rope for assistance but please take your time.
Going down the second descend: Photo Credit: Nicole Adair
The second descend. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair

Once down, you have the freedom to roam around the rocks as you like. To get back to the trail, you can either go back the way you came or try and make your own way back to the road (be respectful of private property signs). 

Exploring the volcanic valley. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair
Exploring Rim Rocks. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair
Path of lava rocks. Photo Credit: Melanie Adair

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Comments 4

Eh Canada Travel on Tuesday, 03 August 2021 20:52

Very well done story telling by Adventure Seeker Melanie Adair

Very well done story telling by Adventure Seeker Melanie Adair
Janel Coe on Tuesday, 03 August 2021 21:46

Great article Melanie, and loved the photos heart)

Great article Melanie, and loved the photos :(heart)
Sarah Stewart on Sunday, 08 August 2021 12:55

This looks amazing! I love a good, challenging hike!

This looks amazing! I love a good, challenging hike!
Melanie Adair on Monday, 09 August 2021 04:04

This would be one of them!

This would be one of them!
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