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UPDATED: Popular Pulpit Rock trail now open

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
April 19th, 2023

Hikers wanting a quick trek to the back country will be happy to know that the Pulpit Rock trail has re-opened.

The new trail bypass is ready for use following a rockslide that closed the popular hike earlier this week.

“Thanks to quick work by Derrick and the initial attack crew at Kootenay Lake Forestry office a trail above the rockslide has been completed,” the Friends of Pulpit Rock Facebook post said.

The new trail remains a bit rough and may take some time to settle before the route has settled.

However, volunteers will continue to work on the trail to improve the track.

“In the meantime, please be careful on it and stick to the trail,” Friends of Pulpit Rock said.

“Whatever you do, do not use the old trail.

“It is not stable and may not be for a long time.”

The rockslide halfway up the Pulpit Rock trail closed the route for most of the week. — Facebook photo

Crews working to re-open Pulpit Rock trail 

Work crews are busy trying to re-open one of the most popular hiking trails near Nelson.

Pulpit Rock trail, located across Kootenay Lake on Johnstone Road, has been closed since Monday following a very dangerous rockslide near the halfway mark of the trail.

"A geotechnical survey must be done to make sure this dangerous area is safe and the trail needs extensive work to regrade the trail," a post on the Friends of Pulpit Rock Facebook page said.

"Please obey the closure as this is very serious and needs to be dealt with safely."

The Friends of Pulpit Rock Facebook page said that excellent progress is being made on the rockfall bypass with the help of six initial attack fire crew members from the Ministry of Forests.

"Thanks to those making donations to help us keep the trail open and in good condition."

The Pulpit Rock trail is a well-maintained route that is easy to follow through a gorgeous pine tree forest and offers beautiful views of Nelson.

Police tape covers the entrance of Pulpit Rock, which was closed this week due to a rock slide on the trail.

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