Some say there's only two directions you have to remember out here in the mountains: up and down!

A popular local hike is the Matevic Draw, and offers an incredible bird's eye view of Sparwood and the surrounding area. This hike up to the alpine involves about two hours of steady climbing on a well-marked, forested trail. Viewpoints are scarce until out of the woods. The trailhead is accessed via the power line, off Sycamore Road in Sparwood Heights.

Drive out to Grave Lake, a popular weekend getaway for locals. Midway between Sparwood and Elkford, take the Line Creek Mine Road, and then take the first right after the bridge, onto a gravel road. After approximately 4km (2.5mi), turn left and immediately cross the railroad tracks. Follow for approximately 2km (1.25mi), and then turn left to the lake.

Be sure to check out our trails here.