New Denver Hiking Trails and the Mori Lakeside Trail

After staying a night in New Denver prior to visiting Sandon, Cody, Alma and other ghost towns in the area, the Mori Lakeside Trail offered a very peaceful walk along the Slocan Lake shoreline.


The image above – found at the New Denver Museum – quote “This was the town known as Eldorado. Later it became new Denver when it was forecast it would become greater than its namesake, Denver, Colorado.

New Denver Information

By 1893, New Denver was established as teh western gateway to the silver country. Close by, Silver-Lead properties like the Mountain Chief, Alpha, California, Alamo and others contributed to teh general prosperity of the town. To the East, Sandon, Whitewater, Three Forks, Cody, and other mining towns beckoned.

Today, the original Bank of Montreal and a dozen other buildings from the turn of the century stand as mute reminders of the days when this town was considered the New Eldorado. (my note; the town is a nice reminder of the past and a handful of buildings look well looked after but to really draw tourists I suggest they mimick Kaslo and really bring out the history and culture by keeping the old buildings but restoring many more of them on the outside with a few new paint jobs.)

Galena Trail and Alamo in the Valley of the Ghosts

Galena Trail and Alamo in the Valley of the Ghosts

I was amazed to find the ruins of Alamo just 1km or so down the Galena Trail starting at the location where the town of Three Forks existed. The Alamo ghost town is incredible – I left my camera in New Denver when we checked into the Valhalla Inn but I can tell you that you will not be dissapointed. Just remember to go a few yards past the ruins along Carpenter Creek to enjoy the cable car that local volunteers have built to carry hikers and bikers accross Carpenter Creek. What fun we had as we each took our turn to pull ourselves by hand accross the creek!

Alamo - aghost town on Galena Trail  near Sandon BC

Alamo - aghost town on Galena Trail near Sandon BC

Photo on this post used with permission from Mark Goresky

As we had travelled 4 or 5 hours from Kelowna to get to New Denver, we had to have a nights sleep and could not explore the Galena Trail any more but I would love to go back some day with my mountain bike and cover it all the way to New Denver and connect up with other trails that meander along the old railway bed to Nakusp.

Here is a bit more info. about the Galena Trail:

Here is an exert from the Galena Trail brochure “Explore the 13-km trail from Roseberry to Three Forks. The Nakusp and Slocan (N&S) Railway is no more, yet the smoke from the wood-fired boilers and the howl of the steam whistle still linger in the air.” The brochure also mentions a few hazards:

Rock Slides
Steep drop-offs
Devil’s Club (sharp thorns)
Bridges
Cable Car

Galena Trail Cable Car near the Alamo ghost town

Galena Trail Cable Car near the Alamo ghost town

Photo on this post used with permission from Mark Goresky

Alamo – Valley of the ghosts

I was amazed to find the ruins of Alamo just 1km or so down the Galena Trail starting at the location where the town of Three Forks existed. The Alamo ghost town is incredible – I left my camera in New Denver when we checked into the Valhalla Inn but I can tell you that you will not be dissapointed. Just remember to go a few yards past the ruins along Carpenter Creek to enjoy the cable car that local volunteers have built to carry hikers and bikers accross Carpenter Creek. What fun we had as we each took our turn to pull ourselves by hand accross the creek!

As we had travelled 4 or 5 hours from Kelowna to get to New Denver, we had to have a nights sleep and could not explore the Galena Trail any more but I would love to go back some day with my mountain bike and cover it all the way to New Denver and connect up with other trails that meander along the old railway bed to Nakusp.

Here is a bit more info and an exert from the Galena Trail brochure:

“Explore the 13-km trail from Roseberry to Three Forks. The Nakusp and Slocan (N&S) Railway is no more, yet the smoke from the wood-fired boilers and the howl of the steam whistle still linger in the air.” The brochure also mentions a few hazards:

  • Rock Slides
  • Steep drop-offs
  • Devil’s Club (sharp thorns)
  • Bridges
  • Cable Car

Alamo, Sandon, Cody and the Galena Trail in the valley of the Ghosts!

My family and I were awarded with some fantastic discoveries while on short vacation to the Kootenays in early July. After driving over the Monashees, dodging the deer on the road, taking the Needles Ferry (free ferry ride), stopping for a visit at Nakusp and finally getting a room at the Inn in New Denver we found the Galena Trail and Alamo, a ghost town that you cannot get to by motorized vehicle.

Upon taking the short drive from New Denver to Three Forks (which was also a boom town but nothing remains now), we discovered a small parking area just to the right as you turn towards Sandon, BC. This parking area is for those who want to begin a hike along the Galena Trail. I highly recommend it. Here is an exert from the Galena Trail brochure “Explore the 13-km trail from Roseberry to Three Forks. The Nakusp and Slocan (N&S) Railway is no more, yet the smoke from the wood-fired boilers and the howl of the steam whistle still linger in the air.” The brochure also mentions a few hazards:

  • Rock Slides
  • Steep drop-offs
  • Devil’s Club (sharp thorns)
  • Bridges
  • Cable Car

Yes, that is correct – a cable car! We had just hiked a short 1km or so from the Trail Head and found Alamo with ruins to explore and then went just a few feet further and discovered an awesome surprise when we tried the self propelled cable car – one at a time – to propell us back and forth across Carpenter Creek!

That was cool, but the Alamo ruins are great as no “touristy” stuff is done – having said that it is quite dangerous as walls of several buildings look like they are ready to collapse if you look at them the wrong way! If you step in the right spot you may even be able to take a rusty spike home for a souvenier as it will be stuck directly in your unsuspecting foot. 🙁

I wish we had time to follow the Galena Trail on to New Denver and Roseberry but it was already late and we had to get back to the room. The next day we discovered Sandon and Cody BC…but that will be in another post. 🙂