Distance: 5.4 km Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 369 m
Time: 3 hrs
Road Access: easy, paved town road
The Billy Goat Bluffs Trail is the newest trail in the Creston Valley, having just been completed by the Creston Community Forest in June of 2018. The trail now provides easy access to Arrow Mountain (known locally as Goat Mountain) from within the town of Creston, with the trail head located behind the Town of Creston Public Works Yard on Helen Street.
From the Creston Valley Visitor Center, head north on Highway 3 towards Wynndel. After 2.6 km, turn right onto Helen Street (at the Tim Hortons). Continue on Helen Street for roughly 350 meters – the trail head will be located on the left, next to an information board about the trail. A small parking area may be found on the right hand side of the road.
From the trail kiosk the trail meanders up Goat Mountain at a steady pace under a shaded pine canopy. About mid-way up the trail a clearing provides a nice view of your progress. Continuing onward for another 30 minutes the trail comes to the final lookout atop a rock outcrop, which provides a stunning westward view over the Creston Valley and north to Kootenay Lake which can. Picnic tables at the top also provide the perfect spot for a scenic lunch before heading back down the trail and back to town. In total, the trail takes approximately 3 hours to complete.