Spineback Ridge is a pleasant trail on the west slopes of Lizard Creek that climbs to an impressive alpine basin. Views of the Mount Fernie, Three Sisters Mountain, Mount Bisaro and Mount Proctor all line up against the eastern skyline. The city of Fernie is far below the ridge, nestled quietly by the Elk River.
Massive layers of limestone standing vertically define much of the Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains. Spanning the entire upper basin, these massive layers heaved into upright slices and it is one stack of those slices that forms the unique Spineback Ridge. The Spineback is an intriguing jagged profile rising from the talus in a narrow spine-like ribbon. The trail follows beside the Spineback up into a stark limestone basin at the base of Three Bears Mountain. The resort’s trail maps further name the peaks Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear.
Island Lake Resort (Island Lake Lodge)
Outdoor recreation is the prime motivation for guests at Island Lake Resort. The lodge offers cat-skiing on the powder slopes of the Lizard Range and in summer they have a well-managed and well-signed trail network around the facilities and up into the high country of the nearby mountains.
The trails, roads and facilities are all located on the resort’s private property. Please use the area respectfully. In addition to the great hiking, the resort is available for overnight stays, conferences, retreats, weddings or small groups. They book accommodation in their beautiful, traditional, log lodge complex and offer fine meals for overnight guests and day-use visitors. Stop in for an appetizer or meal and a drink after your hike: www.islandlakeresorts.com.
See also the Island Lake Resort trails:
Old Growth Trail, entry #63
Baldy Loop,entry #62
Tamarack Trail, which connects with Mountain Lakes Trail to Three Sisters, entry #59