The sign says no Trespassing, it's just a beaten path and the ascent is heinously steep. (300m of elevation in 1.6km trail)
Located in Nelson the trail provides a great view of Nelson once you reach Pulpit Rock. You see nothing all the way up, but the view at the top is worth the effort, it's an extremely popular trail
From Nelson, follow Nelson Ave. Across the Orange Bridge. Turn left on Johnstone Road (just north of the North Shore motor Inn). Follow Johnstone road for 2.3 km park on left along shoulder.
The trailhead starts right off of Johnstone Rd and you do not cross any "No Trespassing" signs. Only one trail to follow. Parking is in front and if it is full there is overflow parking back about 100m or less.
It's good chance there will be a number of cars here.
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Posted By: JayCee
- Sat Oct 04 18:42:18 UTC 2014
UpsideGreat view of the city and surrounding area. Go to the flagpole, and the view improves. Great workout. DownsideNot much in the way of breeze to cool you off during a hot day. Parking can be tricky sometimes - go early (7 - 8 a.m.) to avoid crowds. View of area limited by trees, except for a few open sections, and at Pulpit itself. If unleashed dogs bother you, maybe avoid (but I've never had a problem with them - canines in Nelson seem to be pretty calm). CommentTo the more novice hikers, bring poles with you, or borrow one from the pile just past the start of the trail. You'll be thankful for the advice when you are negotiating some of the steeper sections. Also, some sections can be slick after a good rainfall, and a bit sketchy when it has been dry for a while.
The time posted to do the trail really does vary person to person. I could see it taking two hours (up and down) if you are new to the mountains, or aren't in great physical condition. I'm in moderate condition and, at when I typed this, I take about 50 minutes to get up to Pulpit Rock(including rest breaks) when I am taking my time. I can get up there in 30 minutes, if I give 'er. Even at my best speed, I still get passed by a lot of people of all ages.
The difficult rating may refer to the one or two sections that a novice may have to pretty much scramble up, especially if they don't have poles.
Posted By: dual5port
- Sat Jun 09 20:45:59 UTC 2012
Upsideeasy, my 6 year old grandson easily gets to the flagpole, 30 minutes to pulpit, another 30 to the flagpole, difficult rating is nonsense, everyone hikes this trail. Downsideisn't one, Commentdon't know where 2 hours comes from, its 30 min up and down to pulpit, add 30 if you go to the flagpole and another 40 or more to the CBC towers.
Posted By: mik
- Tue Nov 08 19:26:27 UTC 2011
UpsideGood cardio, busy but not crowded, well maintained Downsidehot in the summer, slippy in winter; just dress appropriately CommentThere is a new trail head, well marked with some parking. Great little hike. Short so young kids can do it (slowly) but nice and steep so it's a good workout. One way = Run 20<, fast hike 25<, "normal" @30 ish. Flagpole is another 15 - 20 fast hike farther on and then there are the CBC towers another 45 - 1 hour farther farther on. Fantastic views that only get better the higher you go, so go higher. Bring lots of wawa because you will sweat. There is no running water for dogs except in early spring.
Posted By: XhiKer.85-C
- Thu Oct 06 02:17:07 UTC 2011
QuestionSome comments on your site state that this hike is heinously difficult and steep; and others say they have seen children hiking this trail to the top.
Which is it?ANSWERS are in this forum: Pulpit Rock, Nelson, B.C.
Posted By: drakewn
- Wed Oct 21 04:32:17 UTC 2009
UpsideAwesome view, great cardio. Downsidenone CommentWell worth the hike. In some literature about the trail it says it's ok for people aged 0-90, and that should be corrected unless that 90 year old is in extremely good shape. I would say that while you don't need to be an experienced hiker, you do need to have good physical health to do this in a decent time frame without becoming a burden to society and needing rescue from up there. That said, it's absolutely breathtaking. Took about an hour for a return trip, spending about 15 minutes taking in the view. Like others have said, it should be rated moderate. Or, easy for people in great health and difficult for people who consider themselves couch potatoes.
Posted By: dualsport
- Mon Jan 19 22:24:54 UTC 2009
Upsidequick easy access close to town Downsidemight be too steep for some CommentAfter hiking it dozens of times, the previous difficult rating is too high by far, and it only takes 20 minutes if you are in good condition, 40 minutes if slow, not sure where the 2 hours comes from, unless you are going to the top of the mountain, there is a second lookout another 20-30 minutes above and then another trail to the radio towers another 40 minutes or so.
Posted By: ambrose99
- Mon Aug 25 23:51:24 UTC 2008
CommentThe "difficult" rating is too high. I've seen little kids hike this trail with ease. It should be rated "moderate."
Posted By: Fr Mark
- Tue Sep 25 05:31:21 UTC 2007
UpsideFantastic view from the top of the trail. DownsideYou need lungs and a full two hours CommentDon't try it on a hot day - there is no breeze along the steep trail.