SHUSWAP, BC, CANADA
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700 KM+ of ASTOUNDING TRAILS • INCREDIBLE VIEWS • FRIENDLY FOLKS www.ShuswapTourism.ca
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FALKLAND and AREA
SICAMOUS and AREA
SALMON ARM and AREA ENDERBY and AREA
The Shuswap features an incredible variety of outstanding natural trails for all abilities. The Shuswap is situated in south-central British Columbia, midway between Vancouver, BC and Calgary, Alberta. Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) and Highway 97 make it easily accessible from all directions. The region is scattered with unique communities of various sizes, each with its own attractions. The stunning natural setting and distinct four-season climate attracts visitors year-round. Many trails throughout the Shuswap provide outstanding views of its centrepiece, Shuswap Lake, as well as numerous smaller lakes, waterfalls and rivers.The Shuswap Highland and the Monashee Mountains and their sub-ranges offer endless opportunities for adventure . The terrain varies widely, from mossy forest floors, to alpine meadows, to wetlands. Well developed logging road networks and boating routes provide access to remote backcountry. Diverse flora and fauna also await you.
published by: Shuswap Tourism Columbia Shuswap Regional District 781 Marine Park Drive, NE, Box 978 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P1
Fantastic trail systems throughout the Shuswap provide unmatched opportunities for sole exploration. EQ riders love Skimikin; mountain bikers rave about South Canoe and Rubberhead; Larch Hills and Skmana offer a labyrinth of nordic trails through huge forest canopy, bogs and high mountain meadows. Unique greenway systems delight casual walkers in all of our towns. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find countless kilometres of trails to fuel your passion in the Shuswap.
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#57 HERALD PROVINCIAL PARK and MARGARET FALLS - Darren Robinson Photo
CONTENTS Regional Map
Trail Quick Picks
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SALMON ARM & AREA
#1 Canoe Beach #2 Coyote Park #3 Fly Hills Rotary Lookout #4 Gardom Lake #5 Grandview Bench Loop #6 Larch Hills Nordic Trails #7 Larch Hills Traverse #8 Little Mountain Park #9 McGuire Lake #10 Mt. Ida East #11 Mt. Ida West #12 Park Hill System #13 Pileated Woods #14 RJ Haney Heritage Park #15 Raven Trail - SA Waterfront #16 Rubberhead Bike System #17 Salmon Arm Bay Nature Trail #18 Salmon Arm Greenways #19 Salmon River - Foothill Loop #20 South Canoe Trail System #21 Switzmalph Centre #22 Syphon Falls & Gayle Crk Loop #23 Turner Creek Trail
NORTH SHUSWAP P AGE 1 6
SOUTH SHUSWAP P AGE 2 3
#24 Albas Falls #25 Copper Island #26 Crowfoot & Mobley Lookout #27 Evelyn Falls #28 Grizzly (Fowler) Mountain #29 Magna Bay - Celista Loop #30 Pukeashun Mountain #31 Quaaout Lodge Resort #32 Roderick Haig-Brown Prov Park #33 Scotch Creek Lookout #34 Seymour River Falls #35 Shuswap Lake Prov Park #36 Wright Lake
#48 #49 #50 #51
FALKLAND & AREA #37 #38 #39 #40 #41
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Estekwalen Mountain Haines Creek Lisa Road Trail The Pillar Tuktakamin Mountain
WEST SHUSWAP PAGE 22 #42 #43 #44 #45 #46 #47
Chase Creek Falls Chase Historic Walk Neskonlith Lake Neskonlith Meadows Scatchard Mtn Switchbacks Skmana Lake Trails
#52 #53 #54 #55 #56 #57
#58 #59 #60 #61 #62 #63 #64 #65 #66 #67 #68 #69 #70
Balmoral Trail System Bastion Mountain Blind Bay Bluffs Blind Bay Lookout McArthur Heights Blind Bay Road Walkway Blind Bay to White Lake Trail Bryden and Pement Lakes Eagle Bay to White Lake Herman Lake Herald Prov Park & Margaret Falls John Evdokimoff Park Loftus Lake Mt. Baldy Lookout Reinecker Creek Trail System Rocky Martinson Park Trail Shannon Beach Park Trail Skimikin Lake Trails Sorrento - Blind Bay Park Trail Tappen Bluffs White Lake Lookout Trail White Lake Provincial Park White Lake Road Cycle Routes Wild Rose Bay
ENDERBY & AREA P AGE 30 #71 #72 #73 #74 #75 #76 #77
Enderby Cliffs Tplaquin Trail Grindrod Park Trail Hidden Lake Jim Watt Heritage River Walk Kingfisher Interpretive Centre M.V. Beattie Greenway Mount Rose-Swanson
SICAMOUS & AREA
Caribou Lake Trail Cinnemousun Narrows Prov Park #80 Crazy Creek Waterfalls #81 Cummins Lake #82 Eagle Pass Mountain #83 Eagle River Nature Park #84 Gorge Creek Loop - CLOSED! #85 Hunakwa Lake Trail #86 Hyde Mountain Lookout #87 Joss Mountain Pass #88 Kay Falls #89 Larch Hills Traverse Sicamous Trailhead #90 The Lizard #91 Malakwa Suspension Bridge #92 Mara Mtn. (Owlhead) Lookout #93 Marble Point Trail #94 North Fork Wild #95 Old Sicamous Highway #96 Queest Mountain #97 Riverfront (Alver Holm) Nature Park #98 Sicamous Creek Falls #99 Sicamous Greenways #100 Sicamous Lookout #101 Simm Creek Loop Trail #102 Solsqua-Cambie Road #103 Yard Creek Park
Thank You We would like to thank all of the residents and organizations in the Shuswap region for the hard work that has been put forward to make this trail guide one of the most popular
SUNNYBRAE-CANOE POINT ROAD, LOOKING AT MT. IDA - Darren Robinson Photo
Cross-Country Skiing Equestrian Hiking Motorized Vehicles Mountain Biking
promotional guides in the area.
Without the assistance of our compublication would not have the “on the trail” detail that support people traveling throughout this outstanding trail system.
The following trail rating system is used to classify trail difficulty. While intended for mountain bike trails, where hike/cycle/equestrian trails exist and only one rating system is feasible, these icons shall be the default. Additional rating systems are being developed for hike, EQ, and winter only trails.
Snow Shoeing Wheelchair Accessible
for his endless dedication to creating And a very special thanks to the people of the Shuswap that use the trails and provide the valuable feedback we need to keep this guide updated and current. PHOTOS: Courtesy of many photographers in the Shuswap dedicated to showcasing the trails in this guide.
DRIVING DISTANCES Salmon Arm to...
Challenging walking/riding with steep slopes and/or obstacles, possibly on a narrow trail with poor traction. Requires experience.
Easier Gentle climbs and easily avoidable obstacles such as rocks, roots and pot-holes.
32km/20mi 25 min
33km/21mi 25 min
51km/32mi 45 min
Fairly flat, wide and possibly paved. Suitable for all users.
FALKLAND “SUPER, NATURAL BRITISH COLUMBIA and VISITOR CENTRE and all associated logos are registered trademarks of the Province of British Columbia.”
A mixture of long steep climbs, loose trail surfaces, numerous difficult obstacles to avoid or jump over, dropoffs and sharp corners. Some sections are definitely easier.
A special thanks to Phil McIntyre-Paul the detailed descriptions in this guide.
Exceptional bike control skills and balance essential to clear many challenging obstacles. High-risk level. Only a handful of riders will enjoy these rides. Hiking trails at this level often include sections of exposure and scrambling.
munity partners and volunteers this
SCOTCH CREEK 63km/39mi 55 min
82 Revelstoke & Calgary
North Shuswap Trails
West Shuswap Trails
53 58 67
South Shuswap Trails
89 98 86
Sicamous & Area Trails
15 17 9 Salmon 13 14 Arm Trails 19 10 22
Kamloops & Vancouver
Enderby & Area Trails
Shuswap Trail Quick Picks
Exciting Changes & Additions
SALMON ARM & AREA: #6 Larch Hills Snowshoe Trails
#7 Larch Hills Traverse /
Raspberry Hill & Mica Connector
#12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #20 #22
Park Hill Trails East Pileated Woods RJ Haney Heritage Park Trail Raven Trail - SA Waterfront Rubberhead Trail System South Canoe Trail System Syphon Falls/Gayle Creek Loop
#27 Evelyn Falls #32 Roderick Haig-Brown Prov Park WEST SHUSWAP: #47 Skmana Lake Trails SOUTH SHUSWAP: John Evdokimoff Park
#58 #60 #62 #63 #65 #70
Mount Baldy Lookout
ENDERBY & AREA: #71 Enderby Cliffs Tplaquin Trail
#72 Grindrod Park Trail #76 M.V. Beattie Greenway SICAMOUS & AREA: #83 Eagle River Nature Park
#94 North Fork Wild #99 Sicamous Greenways
Rocky Martinson Park Trails Shannon Beach Park Trail Sorrento - Blind Bay Park Trail Wild Rose Bay www.ShuswapTrails.com
Shuswap Trail Quick Picks
#15 RAVEN TRAIL - SALMON ARM WATERFRONT - Darren Robinson Photo
Quick Picks are referenced on the Shuswap-North Okanagan Overview Map -(see previous page).
#14 RJ Haney Heritage Park Nature Trail #15 Raven Trail - SA Waterfront #31 Quaaout Lodge Resort #32 Roderick Haig-Brown Prov Park
#33 Scotch Creek Lookout #46 Scatchard Mountain Switchbacks #51 Blind Bay Lookout #60 Mt. Baldy Lookout #71 Enderby Cliffs Tplaquin Trail #77 Mount Rose - Swanson #86 Hyde Mountain Lookout
SHORT, FLAT & FAMILY FRIENDLY
#48 Balmoral Trail System #72 Grindrod Park Trail #73 Hidden Lake #74 Jim Watt Heritage River Walk #83 Eagle River Nature Park #97 Riverfront (Alver Holm) Nature Park
Wheelchair Accessible #9 McGuire Lake #17 Salmon Arm Bay Nature Trail #74 Jim Watt Heritage River Walk
Mountain Biking FLAT & FAMILY FRIENDLY #15 Raven Trail - SA Waterfront #32 Roderick Haig-Brown Prov Park
(Wade Road Trails) #95 Old Sicamous Highway Trail
FREERIDE AND TECHNICAL #16 Rubberhead Mtn. Bike Trail System #20 South Canoe Trail System #58 John Evdokimoff Bike Park #67 White Lake Lookout Trail CROSS-COUNTRY EPICS #7 Larch Hills Traverse #26 Crowfoot & Mobley Lookout #53 Blind Bay to White Lake Trail #61 Reinecker Creek Trail System
EASY DAY HIKES
HIGH-COUNTRY MOUNTAIN HIKES #10 Mount Ida East #11 Mount Ida West #26 Crowfoot & Mobley Lookout #82 Eagle Pass Mountain #87 Joss Mountain Pass #92 Mara Mountain (Owlhead) Lookout #96 Queest Mountain
Where the Waters Meet #15 Raven Trail - SA Waterfront #22 Syphon Falls & Gayle Creek Loop #24 Albas Falls #32 Roderick-Haig Brown Prov Park #57 Herald Prov Park & Margaret Falls #83 Eagle River Nature Park #98 Sicamous Creek Falls
Equestrian #6 Larch Hills Nordic Trails #20 South Canoe Trail System #64 Skimikin Lake Trails #77 Mount Rose - Swanson
Backcountry Skiing / Touring #7 Larch Hills Traverse #26 Crowfoot & Mobley Lookout #82 Eagle Pass Mountain #96 Queest Mountain
Nordic Ski See the Shuswap Nordic Guide available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTourism.ca
#6 Larch Hills Nordic Trails #47 Skmana Lake Nordic Trails
Snowshoe #6 Larch Hills Nordic Trails #16 Rubberhead Mtn. Bike Trail System #47 Skmana Lake Trails #53 Blind Bay to White Lake Trail #61 Reinecker Creek Trail System #89 Larch Hills Traverse
#90 The Lizard #94 North Fork Wild
Road Cycling See the Shuswap-North Okanagan Cycle Touring Map available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTourism.ca
#19 Salmon River – Foothill Loop #29 Magna Bay – Celista Loop #69 White Lake Road Cycle Routes #102 Solsqua-Cambie Road
Do your part to preserve and enhance by observing the following rules of the trail. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for trail users.
RULES - prepared by the International Mountain Bicycling Association
1. Ride On Open Trails Only. Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. The way you use the trails will influence trail management decisions and policies.
2. Leave No Trace. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage.This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
3. Control Your Vehicle!
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all speed regulations, guidelines and recommendations.
4. Always Yield Trail. Let fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots.Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop and pass safely. 5. Never Scare Animals. All
The way you hike, bike, or ride today shapes the trail access for tomorrow.
animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
6. Plan Ahead. Know your equipment, your abilities, and the area in which you are traveling. Prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions.
BEWARE! YOU ARE IN BEAR COUNTRY
• Always tell someone when and where you are going. • Bring maps, along with a compass or GPS device. • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring sufficient food and water. • Carry identification (including name, phone number, and pertinent medical information), and record your bicycle serial number. • Bring a portable phone or other communication device, along with pertinent phone numbers.
JANUARY thru December
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District assumes no responsibility for the safety of any persons, animals or equipment when using the trails listed in this guide. Use at your own risk.
• Many trails are NOT MAINTAINED – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. • Many trails are accessible by ACTIVE or DEACTIVATED LOGGING ROADS requiring 4WD or high clearance vehicles. 2-way radio communication is recommended. Be aware these roads may be closed at certain times. • PETS: Keep on a leash and clean up after them.
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All persons using these trails do so at their own risk All persons should wear highly visable clothing All persons should keep to the main trails As a safety precaution make noise when approaching a curve or uphill climb Avoid animal carcasses Make dogs visible
• WATCH FOR WILDLIFE and avoid areas showing recent signs of black bears, grizzly bears, and cougars. • BEFORE heading out, check with local contacts to make sure the trails and roads are safe. • BACK-COUNTRY: Check conditions at www.avalanche.ca
Trial Rules / First Nations
#21 SWITZMALPH CENTRE
#31 QUAAOUT LODGE RESORT, Rick Graham Photo
All of the trails in this guide are within the Traditional Territory of the Southern Secwepemc First Nation. This is the home land of the Neskonlith Indian Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band, Adams Lake Indian Band and the Splatsin (Spallumcheen) Indian Band. For generations these First Nations communities have preserved the abundance of wildlife and the natural beauty of this land in their pristine environment. The flora and fauna of these Shuswap First Nation lands are a photographers dream.
More Information Please refer to the Heritage Conservation Act www.gov.bc.ca/heritage
With all that these lands have to offer, they ask that you visit, or come to stay. The First Nation communities in this region ask in return that you treat the land and the people with respect. This is their home for the short time that they are here on Mother Earth, but it is the home of their great spirit for eternity. Please respect the First Nations Territorial Lands in the Shuswap region by obeying signs where there are sensitive cultural areas. These trails are for you to enjoy today and for the future generations of tomorrow.
Just like Rome wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t built in a day, the many trails throughout the Shuswap have taken years to evolve. The Shuswap Trail Alliance was formed in 2005 with a vision of creating a trail system throughout the Shuswap that will equal the awe and endurance that people experience on the likes of the West Coast and Appalachian Trails. Stay tuned and visit us regularly to experience this amazing evolving trail system. 250.832.0102 www.shuswaptrails.com
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Salmon Arm & Area
Silver Creek Rd
1. Canoe Beach
2. Coyote Park
DISTANCE: 500m (one way) DURATION: 0.25 Hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 341707E 5625100N
DISTANCE: 1 - 3km (loops) DURATION: 0.5 - 1 Hour TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 339988E 5623300N
Sandy beach and spectacular views across Salmon Arm Bay to Bastion Mountain make this a popular summer destination for swimming, picnics and a short stroll along the paved beach path. Also links to the Park Hill Trail System (trail #12 on page 12) and the Shuswap Paddle Centre. www.ShuswapPaddleandRow.ca
A variety of short loops in a beautiful pine and cedar forest with glimpses west towards Salmon Arm Bay.
ACCESS: 9.6km east of Salmon Arm on the Trans Canada Hwy. turn west at Canoe onto 50th St. NE. Proceed straight toward the lake. At the stop sign just before the tracks turn left onto Canoe Beach Road. Stay right at the fork with Park Hill Road continuing along Canoe Beach Dr. and watch for beach parking lot signs on the right. The first parking lot accesses the beach through a pedestrian tunnel under the tracks. A little further along (past the water treatment plant) a second parking lot accesses the boat launch and Shuswap Paddle Centre. The trail up to Park Hill Trail System is on the south side of the road across from the parking lot.
ACCESS: From downtown Salmon Arm, follow Lakeshore Rd. which turns into 20th Ave NE at the top of the hill. Turn left back onto Lakeshore Rd. and follow for 3kms until you reach 54th Ave NE. Watch for sign and parking on the left
3. Fly Hills Rotary Lookout DISTANCE: 0.5 km + (various) DURATION: 0.5 - 2+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 331418E 5618445N Viewpoint and short walk provide outstanding views of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake and Salmon River Valley, wildflowers, birds and the extent of the 1998 fires across on Mount Ida.
ACCESS: 3km west of Salmon Arm turn left onto Salmon River Rd. Proceed 0.5km and turn right onto 13th Ave SW which becomes Christianson Rd. Proceed 0.7 km until the road becomes 15th Ave SW. After 1.3km the road becomes Fly Hills Forest Service Rd. #170. The Rotary Skyview Lookout at elevation 1160 m is approximately 7.5km up the road. After climbing steeply through 6 switchbacks, watch for the “Rotary Lookout” sign hidden in the trees by overgrowth and parking landing on your left. Enjoy the view from here, or look for the short view trail in the southeast corner of the parking landing (the lower track). If you’re into exploring, farther up is a network of Forest Service roads and old skid trails that are managed by the Snowblazers Snowmobile Club in the winter. Trails beyond the lookout are not marked; familiarity with map, compass, route finding & backcountry travel required. Road access is via gravel forest service road. 2-wheel drive is possible, 4-wheel drive is recommended. Watch for oncoming forestry traffic, recreation ATV and motorcycles.
Salmon Arm & Area
#10 MT. IDA EAST
6. Larch Hills Nordic Trails
4. Gardom Lake Trails DISTANCE: various DURATION: various A serene place to picnic and swim. Interpretive trail, old growth trees, wildflowers, bird viewing, and painted turtles. There are trails on the two islands in the lake, along the shoreline, and across the road from the park. ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south on Hwy 97B and drive approx. 11.4km to Gardom Lake Rd, then turn right. Travel 3.5km and turn left onto Park Rd. Proceed 0.7km to the park entrance and parking area on the left. In consideration of local
bird and wildlife, no pets allowed.
5. Grandview Bench Loop DISTANCE: 26 km (round trip) DURATION: 0.5 - 2 Hours A challenging road cycle route, affording sweeping views of the Enderby Cliffs and Shuswap River valley. From Hwy 97B, ride east on Grandview Bench Rd. After approx. 5.4km you will crest the hill and begin a 4.9km descent to join Hwy 97A just west of Grindrod. Turn right onto 97A, then right again onto Springbend Rd. at the service station. At Hwy 97B turn right (north) towards Salmon Arm and ride back to your starting point at the start of Grandview Bench Rd. See the Shuswap-North Okanagan Cycle Touring Map available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTourism.ca ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1 turn South on Hwy 97B and drive 8.7km to Grandview Bench Rd. on the left. Leave your vehicle here. Alternate: ride from Salmon Arm.
DISTANCE: 125 KM (various) DURATION: 0.5 - 3+ Hours (various) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 349238E 5619607N The region’s premier Nordic ski area provides 150km of trails and is a great destination for mountain bikes and EQ spring thru fall. Multiple trail options include visits to old growth forest, an interpretative nature loop surrounding one of the area’s many wetland fens, spectacular views over the surrounding valleys on the higher trails, and visits to Tom’s Shelter, South Hub, and Cec’s Cabin just south of Larch Lake. Several long distance cross country options for mountain bikers and well prepared backcountry skiers can be linked from the Nordic center including connections with Salmon Arm on Metford Forestry Road, Highway 1 over Rubberhead and 110 Forestry Road, and the new Larch Hills Traverse route to Sicamous. New ski trail additions east, off Larch Lake Loop.
ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1 turn south on Hwy 97B and drive 8.7km, then turn left/east onto Grandview Bench Rd. (Watch for the Larch Hills Nordic sign.) After approx. 5.4km turn left/north onto Edgar Rd. After another 3km keep left at the junction and travel another 3km to the Larch Hills ski area parking lot.
Watch for logging vehicles during non-winter months. Many of the Larch Hills Trails are multi-use. Watch for ATVs. For detailed maps, get a copy of the Shuswap Nordic Map available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTourism.ca
New Snowshoe Trails: The region’s premier Nordic ski area just got NEW! better. A new network of dedicated snowshoe trails have been signed. Several loop options ( 3 - 8 km) from the main chalet parking area explore the intimacy of the forests and glens in winter. A longer trek up to Cec’s Cabin provides the more intrepid backcountry snowshoer with a worthy out and back day trip. The Cec’s Cabin snowshoe trail has been named “Coffey’s Climb” after long-time trail champion and friend. During the summer a beautiful 4km forest hiking loop through parts of the Upper Violet Provincial Park links the Moose Trail, Lost in the Woods, and Interpretive Loop snowshoe trails starting at the Main Chalet. www.SkiLarchHills.ca
#14 RJ HANEY HERITAGE PARK
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Gardom Lake Trails Bald Eagle Common Loons Painted Turtles Red-necked Grebes
Salmon Arm & Area
#7 LARCH HILLS TRAVERSE
7. Larch Hills Traverse
DISTANCE: 32 - 40km (one way) DURATION: 6 - 10 hrs (one way) cycle; 11 - 14 hrs back-country ski tour SALMON ARM TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 344351E 5617966N SICAMOUS TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 358586E 5632937N Larch Hills Traverse is a large section The of the Shuswap Trail. It’s an epic 32 - 40km highland cross-country romp thru the forests, fens, and dramatic lake vistas of the Larch Hills, linking the communities of Salmon Arm and Sicamous.
Watch for new trail sections being added each season, including the NEW! most recent 3km Raspberry Hill section with spectacular new views high over Shuswap Lake. Seven distinct sections make up the full traverse. Each offers its own unique character to the journey. The trail connects forestry road and singletrack trails through a variety of ecosystems and terrain. Many amazing viewpoints overlooking Shuswap and Mara Lakes are your rewards. Best traveled from Salmon Arm to Sicamous for cyclists. The route is a four season challenge, with variations in the winter where more obvious lines open up under snow cover. It’s doable in a very long day by mountain bikers or nordic ski tourers, but also lends itself well to an overnight, especially for through hikers. A series of shorter circuit trips can be linked along the extended route. They can be collected over time to build a complete traverse. Parties can also add overnight visits to the Larch Hills Main Chalet or Cec’s Cabin. New single track trail sections and overnight shelters are planned. Watch for updates.
TRAVELLING WEST TO EAST: From the West trailhead at South Canoe parking lot in Salmon Arm the traverse climbs Metford Forest Service Road to link into the Larch Hills Nordic Ski Trail System via Mushroom Fantasy, Ermine Frolic and Reino’s Run to the South Hub. From there follow Larch Hills Road, Larch Lake Loop, Moonwalk, and Clearcut Connector ski trails. Then watch for the Larch Hills Traverse sign posts. Leaving the nordic trails behind, sections of flowing single track connect the 110, 109 and 112 Forest Service Roads, with views of the surrounding highlands and lake. The final descent to Sicamous follows a beautiful trail through mixed cedar and hemlock forest on a remarkable weave of switch backs. For mountain bikers the descent comes as a fine reward. Walk or ride down the highway and over the Sicamous Narrows bridge (use sidewalk on the north side) to the Sicamous wharf parking area – the East trailhead. For map, GPS download and fully annotated description visit: www.ShuswapTrails.com Alternatively, stop in at one of the local bike or ski shops to purchase a map and support the local Shuswap Bike Club. WEST TRAILHEAD (SALMON ARM): From the Trans Canada Hwy, travel 2km south on Hwy 97B to the cross walk, and turn east/left onto 10th Ave SE. Follow to the end where the road turns to gravel then park at the South Canoe Trailhead on the left. The traverse starts here following Metford Forest Service Rd at the locked gate.
NOTE: Equestrian access is limited at other trailheads. This is the best access for equestrian riders with trailers to park. WILDERNESS TRAIL. Careful preparation, adequate food, water, gear, and knowledge of backcountry travel and navigation are essential. Plan accordingly.
8. Little Mountain Park DISTANCE: up to 8 km (various loops) DURATION: 0.5 - 2 Hours WEST TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 341488E 5618843N SOUTH TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 341853E 5618028N 8 km of wide, smooth forested nature trails appropriate for families, and a variety of figure 8 loop options and difficulty levels, including a short climb to views of Salmon Arm, Salmon Arm Bay, Fly Hills, Mt Ida, and spring wildflowers along the west facing bluffs. ACCESS: From east Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south on 30th St then left (east) at Okanagan Ave. Proceed to the west parking area at the end of the street. There is also a south entrance with parking on 10th Ave SE near 35th St. SE.
ON SHUSWAP DIRT
EAST TRAILHEAD (SICAMOUS): See Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Trailhead (trail #89 on page 35) for details.
The Shuswap Trails website is THE PLACE to go for detailed maps, trailhead access, GPS downloads and updates.
ALTERNATE SOUTH TRAILHEAD (LARCH HILLS): See Larch Hills Nordic Trails access. (trail #6 on page 10).
Salmon Arm & Area
#7 LARCH HILLS TRAVERSE
9. McGuire Lake DISTANCE: 870 m (around the lake) DURATION: 0.25 - 0.5 Hours EAST TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 339430E 5619254N WEST TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 339168E 5619234N In the heart of Salmon Arm, a wheel chair accessible paved path, picnic tables, and plenty of opportunity for waterfowl viewing circle this lovely little lake with the City’s trademark fountain. Watch for the painted turtles out soaking up the sun on hot days, and visit the Japanese Friendship Gate, a gift from Inashiki, Japan, Salmon Arm’s sister city. ACCESS: At the east end of Hudson Ave NE in downtown Salmon Arm, north of Hwy 1. Alternate Option: Start at Salmon Arm Marine Park with a visit to the Nature Bay Interpretive Centre by travelling north over the tracks on Marine Park Dr. and parking in the public parking area. Walk back over the tracks, up the pedestrian stairway below the BDO Dunwoody Building, and south to the McGuire Lake pathway.
steep drop offs on either side you approach the first viewpoint offering a 360 degree view of Salmon Arm, Salmon Valley and Deep Creek areas. If you continue on, you will come to a second viewpoint with a view of the Salmon Arm area. To get to the second viewpoint there is a short section with an exposed rock scramble. MOUNT IDA NORTH TRAILHEAD: Drive 10km south of Highway 1 on Highway 97B to Deep Creek Road on the right, which you will follow for approx. 4km to the Forest Service Road just before the property at #496 (watch for children and be respectful of the residence). Follow the steep logging road up and then right onto North Ida Forest Rd. Continue for 5.5km, staying on the main road, then park at the small road exiting on the right. Walk (or 4wd) this road for approx. 1.3km and watch for the trailhead on the left. A small parking area is located on the right. NO motorized use allowed on trail. Exposed scrambling near the summit after first viewpoint.
11. Mt. Ida West
10. Mt. Ida East DISTANCE: 3km (one way from North Trailhead to summit viewpoint) DURATION: 2 hours (one-way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 340146E 5614593N The East Peak is the longest distance and most arduous climb of the East and West Peaks of Mount Ida, but a true single track mountain trail with spectacular views. Mount Ida East trail is accessed from the Mount Ida North Trailhead. From the North Trailhead the hike up to the East Peak is a steep climb with switchbacks through the forest. From the forest the trail will start to level off more and approach the spine of the mountain. After a walk along the spine with
#6 LARCH HILLS NORDIC TRAILS
DISTANCE: 0.9km (one way from Saddle trailhead to first viewpoint), plus 200m to second viewpoint. 4.5km (one way from 7km Parking Area) DURATION: 0.5 to 2 hours (one way from 7km Parking Area trailhead) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 338092E 5611562N The West Peak (trailhead on the right by the outhouse in the Saddle trailhead parking area) is about 30 min to the first viewpoint, and a single-track foot trail continues west along the cliff edge to a second lookout offering views both north and south. The hike can be extended into a longer 2 hour excursion by parking earlier on the access
road and walking up through metamorphic boulder fields under the dramatic cliffs of West Mount Ida. From the second viewpoint, return the way you came or create an additional loop by following a rough trail southeast, staying right at the junction with an ATV track, and then meeting the Forest Service Road. From here, turn left and follow the road back up to the Saddle trailhead. The additional loop will take up to 2 hours from the Saddle trailhead. SADDLE TRAILHEAD: From downtown Salmon Arm travel south on Shuswap Ave which becomes Foothills Rd. After 3.4km turn left onto the gravel road immediately prior to Mt Ida Cemetery. This becomes Forest Service Rd #825 in a few meters on the right, a deactivated road suitable for 4wd. Follow this road up approx. 7km, staying on the right at each junction. You will arrive at an open landing offering views over the Salmon River Valley. This is the 7km Parking Area trailhead. Continue 3.5km over rougher terrain to the Saddle trailhead. Watch for ATV use on some trails in the area, which were widened as a fire break during the 1998 Mt. Ida fire.
12. Park Hill Trail System
DISTANCE: 5 km (various) DURATION: 0.5 - 1.5+ Hours (various) TRAILHEAD GPS: (Overflow parking) 11U 342072E 5625073N These trails have some of the newest additions to Salmon Arm’s growing greenway network. Park Hill offers users a variety of single track trail loops for hikers, mountain bikers, and snowshoers on both the west and east side of Park Hill Road above Canoe Beach. Check out new sections recently added to the east trails above the Canoe ball diamonds.
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PARK HILL EAST TRAILS: An additional 1.5+ km of trails. A NEW! network of rustic trails built by local residents has been continually upgraded in recent years. Look for new stairs from the 2014 season, and a connection to the upper blue pump house on Park Hill Road. Starting at the Overflow Parking Lot, an extended loop can be connected using the east trails up through the forest to the Pump House and then crossing over to the West Trail System before looping back down to the parking lot. ACCESS: From Salmon Arm, follow Hwy 1 East to 30th St NE, and turn left. Follow 30th St. to 60th Ave and turn right. 60th St turns into Park Hill Rd. Follow Park Hill Rd. down to the parking lot on the left just before the bottom of the hill, or turn left/west at the bottom of the hill onto Canoe Beach Road and start at the Canoe Beach parking lot on your right.
13. Pileated Woods DISTANCE: Various DURATION: 20 min. to 1 Hour +
The Pileated Woods trails are maintained by local residents who NEW! live around the park. Hand made interpretive signs have been created by one of the region’s noted biologists and provide a glimpse into the forest ecology. Look for the new Owls Prowl town connector trail for mountain bikes and walking between new Auto Rd near the junction with 10th St SE through to Old Auto Road at 7th St SE. ACCESS: From the Visitor Centre in Salmon Arm, travel south along Shuswap St. SE. Turn left/east on 10th Ave. SE and watch for the park entrances on the left just past 6th St. SE and at the left bend where 10th turns into Auto Road. Other entrances can be found on the south side of Old Auto Road.
14. RJ Haney Heritage Park Nature Trail DISTANCE: 2 km (round trip) DURATION: 0.5 + Hour (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 342720E 5619238N
Recently upgraded, this regional gem is now easier to walk, NEW! especially for families with strollers and assisted wheel chair exploration. A lovely forest nature trail with interpretive signs, ravine, creek, small bridges, wildflowers, picnic tables, museum, and heritage village. ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south at the Highway 97B junction and drive 0.8km to RJ Haney Heritage Village (watch for the entrance on your right.) The 2 km nature trail begins at the historic Mount Ida Church. www.SalmonArmMuseum.org
15. Raven Trail(Salmon Arm Waterfront) DISTANCE: 4 km (one way) DURATION: 1 + Hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 338968E 5619550N Boardwalk and viewing platforms for excellent bird watching in one of the Province’s premier migratory estuaries, plus a side trail out to Christmas Island for fine views of the bay and waterfowl. Part of the Salmon Arm Nature Bay Trails. www.Sabnes.org
Check out the newly built loop trail bridge on Christmas Island. Watch NEW! for new interpretive signs. ACCESS: Trailhead is at the east end of Harbourfront Drive in downtown Salmon Arm, on the north side of the Railroad tracks. Alternate route starts at Raven subdivision at the foot of 47th Ave.
No pets allowed. This is sensitive riparian habitat. Please stay to designated trail, and respect seasonal closures due to nesting and flooding.
16. Rubberhead Mountain Bike Trail System
DISTANCE: Various (1 - 4.5km downhill; 3 - 8.5km uphill) DURATION: 1 - 3+ Hours (various) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 346079E 5626305N
Salmon Arm & Area
PARK HILL WEST TRAILS: There are three access points. One is located in the overflow parking lot for Canoe Beach, at the bottom of Park Hill Rd. The other is halfway up Park Hill Rd. The third is to start right at the Canoe Beach parking lot. A trail leading up to the overflow parking lot starts on the south side of Canoe Beach Road. From the overflow parking lot, the access trail at the northeast links into a series of stacked loop trails. Take the outer perimeter trail for a full tour of the forest, or mix it up by combining smaller loops using the connecting trails. Viewpoints can be found along the ridgeline on the far northwest outer loop. In the summer, combine your trip with a stop in at Canoe Beach for a swim and picnic, a visit to the concession, or a visit to the Shuswap Paddle Centre.
The Rubberhead started off as a single mountain bike trail that has now expanded to include 18 trail sections. The area offers a variety of downhill mountain bike options for intermediate to advance riders. From steep and rooty to open and flowy, this system has something for everyone.
New Two-Way Trail: You can now bike on single track trail uphill to NEW! the first forestry road switchback, from the lower 2 km staging area. The best approach is to shuttle from the 2.5km area of the 110 Forest Service Road (see access). Here you will find parking and maps of the trail system. Trailheads range from 5km to 11km up the road. Riding up is an option and a great workout, but the road is steep. Watch for new sections to be built in the future providing cross-country and uphill options. A fun uphill circuit to explore in the winter. ACCESS: Travel east of Salmon Arm on Highway #1 approx. 4km past the Canoe mill. Turn right onto Forest Service Road (FSR) #110 and follow up approx. 2.5km where the road widens and an old narrow skid road goes up to the left by the main trail sign. Park here. To continue to the various trailheads, shuttle or pedal the 110 FSR staying on the main road. Trail posts mark various sections to 8.2km where you turn right, up the steep hill, and follow the road to 10.5km. Look for the trail post on the left at an obvious landing/parking area. This is the top trailhead. Look for the trail through the top of the cut block. Use at own risk. Some sections of trail are steep, difficult, and poorly maintained with limited signage. These trails are designed as freeride downhill mountain bike trails. Hikers should use extreme caution.
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Pileated Woods Pileated Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Woodpecker
ON SHUSWAP DIRT The Shuswap Trails website is THE PLACE to go for detailed maps, trailhead access, GPS downloads and updates.
Salmon Arm & Area
#15 RAVEN TRAIL - CHRISTMAS ISLAND
17. Salmon Arm Bay Nature Trails & Interpretive Centre
DISTANCE: 0.2 - 4 km (various) DURATION: 0.5 - 2 Hours+ (various) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 338968E 5619550N Discover one of the Province’s premier migratory estuaries and nesting home to the remarkable western grebe. THE BIRD BLIND AND OSPREY NEST VIEWING TRAIL is on the west side of the boat launch in front of the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, and links into the West Walkway. North America’s longest wooden inland wharf extends out into the estuary and offers numerous vantages for viewing wildlife. Watch for the family of otters living under the docks. Extend your walk by adding a visit to the Peter Janyk Park. Where the walkway reconnects with Beatty Ave. west of the Prestige Hotel, turn right/west and continue along the sidewalk all the way to the Thrift Store. Turn right/north onto Narcisse St. (3rd Ave. NW) and walk toward the water for further views of the estuary. The East Walkway from the Wharf parking lot will connect you to the Raven Trail, viewing platforms, and Christmas Island (see trail #15, pg. 13). Stop by the SABNES Nature Centre during the summer months, and check the bulletin boards year round for local bird counts and sighting updates. www.Sabnes.org ACCESS: Park at the Salmon Arm Marine Park on Marine Park Drive in downtown Salmon Arm, on the north side of the railroad tracks (east of the Prestige Inn Resort).
No pets allowed. This is sensitive riparian habitat. Please stay to designated trail, and respect seasonal closures due to nesting and flooding.
18. Salmon Arm Greenways
19. Salmon River Foothill Road Loop
DISTANCE: Various routes & distances DURATION: Various (from 15min to several hours)
DISTANCE: 33 km (round trip) DURATION: 2 - 3 Hours (round trip)
Along with the City’s feature trail systems like the Turner Creek Rotary Trail, Waterfront Raven Trail, Park Hill, Coyote Park, South Canoe, Pileated Woods, and Little Mountain, new greenway links continue to be added throughout the community. For detailed maps and updates visit: www.ShuswapTrails.com A new greenway path traverses south of Hillcrest School connecting 20th St SE and 10 Ave SE. The Cress Creek Trail – a forest walk along a creek linking 20th Ave NE just east of the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan Campus down to Lakeshore Rd near Appleyard. A longer circuit can include taking the perimeter trail around Sullivan Campus and Bastion Elementary School to the highway underpass walkway at 20th St, and on to the Turner Creek Rotary Trail down to McGuire Lake and the Raven Trail before linking back via Lakeshore Rd. The Kiy Connector links the old Auto Rd with 11th St. SE. It’s a quiet forest connector between subdivisions that also links the downtown core with Pileated Woods and Hillcrest. The Ready Forest Trail links 5th Ave NE with Okanagan Ave just west of Okanagan College and south of the Recreation Centre. Create an interesting circuit with Shuswap Middle School, Little Mountain Park and the upper Turner Creek Rotary Trail.
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Salmon Arm Bay Waterfront, Raven Trail Red-Wing Blackbirds Yellow-Headed Blackbirds Northern Harriers Western Grebes
n easy road cycle ride on paved roads A through the Salmon River countryside. Turn-around at Silver Creek Store and return the same way or connect into a longer ride by continuing south. See the Shuswap-North Okanagan Cycle Touring Map available at local visitor centers, or at www.ShuswapTourism.ca
20. South Canoe Trail System
DISTANCE: 1 - 12km (various loops) DURATION: 0.5 - 2.5 Hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 344351E 5617966N
A large network of trails built and used by mountain bikers, hikers, NEW! and local equestrian riders. Under a management plan driven by local trail stewards, the system is receiving new trail signage, several reroutes and trail additions. South Canoe is the main mountain biking trail system in Salmon Arm. The trails range in difficulty, with the easier trails below the radio tower, and the more difficult ones above. South Canoe is the home of the Salty Dog 6 Hour Enduro mountain bike race. It is also the west trailhead to the Larch Hills Traverse (trail #7, page 11), and has long been used by the local equestrian community. Watch for trail signs indicating which trails are mountain bike, EQ or shared. All trails are open to hikers and snowshoers, but use caution and watch for bikes and horses. - continued on next page
ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south at the Hwy 97B intersection and travel 2km, then turn left/east onto 10th Ave SE. Follow to the end where it turns to gravel and park on the left. Access the upper trails via the Malibu trails or the Forest Service Road from the yellow gate (Metford FS Road). Walk/ride up the road and watch for trail signs. Active logging and multiuse forestry road. Watch for motorized vehicles and logging trucks. Stay away from forestry equipment and active logging areas. Watch for bears and respect other users on trails. Make noise and control speed.
21. Switzmalph Centre Nature Walk DISTANCE: Various DURATION: Various By appointment. Educational walk along the mouth of the Salmon River just east of Salmon Arm. Explore this significant Black Cottonwood ecosystem, native culture, healing, ecology, and watershed stewardship. The centre is run by the Switzmalph Cultural Society, founded by Dr. Mary Thomas, beloved elder of the Shuswap Nation. Call 250-832-7574 to make an appointment. www.ShuswapCentre.org
22. Syphon Falls & Gayle Creek Loop
The trail starts as an old skid track at the top of the small parking area, winding up to the right and entering the forest where it becomes a foot trail crossing a low deck accross Gayle Creek. At the trail junction on the other side, turn left following the creek west up to the Syphon Falls.
New hiking trail connector:The trail from the Syphon Falls junction NEW! to the right/east follows Gayle Creek accross 56 St NW to a second deck crossing on the right /south, where the trail travels back out to 40th Ave NW. From here, follow the road, watching for the next trail post directly ahead. A short walk brings you through to 60th St. NW. Turn right on 60th and walk the road back to the parking area.
23. Turner Creek Trail
Salmon Arm & Area
Six new trails and three major upgrades have been added: for NEW! mountain bikers there’s the new fast and flowy Flying Nun trail, PPT2, the Novice Trail Back Loop, and the Undercut Connector. The new Hobby Horse trail and Horsin Around trail offer new connections for the Equestrian riders. Watch for new upgrades for horses, hikers and mountain bikers on the shared Prudential Trail. Upgrades are planned for Triangle, Bear Den and P2.
DISTANCE: 2.6km (one way) DURATION: 1.5+ Hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 339168E 5619234N Forest, creek, ponds, birds on a signature trail connecting McGuire Lake with Little Mountain Park in Salmon Arm. ACCESS: Begin at McGuire Lake, walk or ride the path around the right/east side of the lake, and then up alongside the Shuswap School. Staying right go through the highway underpass, then turn left onto the trail crossing in front of the Podollan Inn. Follow the well-marked trail up through town, winding past Okanagan College and SASCU Recreation Centre. Cross 30th Street at the top of the hill and continue along Okanagan Ave to Little Mountain Park (trail#8, pg. 11). Watch for cyclists riding downhill on the lower sections.
#7 LARCH HILLS TRAVERSE
DISTANCE: 3.5km (various) DURATION: 20 min. (one way to falls); 1 hour (Gayle Cr. Loop). A short walk to pretty falls nestled in the forest that can be combined with the new Gayle Creek loop. A popular local climbing area. ACCESS: Traveling west of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn left/west just past the Welcome Sign onto 1st Ave. SW. Wind up the hill where the road becomes 50th St. NW, continue north to 40th Ave NW, where you turn left/west and drive past the Glen Eden Firehall (on your left). Drive up the hill around the bend, and turn left on 60th St. NW. The trailhead parking area is the second entrance on the right.
#12 PARK HILL SYSTEM
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24. Albas Falls
25. Copper Island
DISTANCE: 4 km (round trip) DURATION: 1.5 - 2 Hour (round trip)
DISTANCE: 3 km (round trip) DURATION: 1 Hour (round trip)
This 3 km loop trail follows both sides of Celista Creek up from the shores of Shuswap Lake through a series of five impressive waterfalls.
This approx. 3 km loop trail to the summit of the sole island in the Shuswap Lake provides panoramic views of the lake and Blind Bay.
ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 46km to St. Ives. Continue along the Forest Service Rd 32km along the west side of Seymour Arm to the Albas Provincial Park sign and turn right. The falls drop in a series to the left of the road, with parking at the bottom of the road at the campsite. WATER ACCESS: dock at Steamboat Bay, located on the other side of the creek from the campsite. The falls and canyon area can be very dangerous - fatalities have occurred. Observe signs and stay well back from the edge.
ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 18km to Scotch Creek and to the Shuswap Lake Provincial Park. Copper Island is part of the park and is located 2km offshore. Boat to the east side of the island to a small beach and trail signs.
#24 ALBAS FALLS, Ben McIntyre-Paul Photo
Steep cliffs. No camping or fires permitted on the island. Water access only.
TRAIL REPORT! If you see something needing attention, please let us know by filling out a Trail Report @ www.ShuswapTrails.com
26. Crowfoot Mountain and Mobley Lookout
DURATION: Hiker: 4+ hours (one way) from bottom of Sheep Track, 2+ hours (one way) from top of Sheep Track to Crowfoot Meadows; additional 2 hours (one way) to Mobley.
27. Evelyn Falls
TRAILHEAD GPS: Bottom of Sheep Track: 11 U 337698E 5652351N; Top of Sheep Track 11 U 340338E 5654077N
DISTANCE: 3km (round trip) DURATION: 2 + hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 347826E 5648648N
Trail leads to the meadows on Crowfoot and Mobley Mountains. Outstanding views of the surrounding Shuswap highlands, glacier carved valleys, wildlife, birds and wildflowers.
The newest regional trail opened just in time for winter 2014. NEW! A perfect out-and-back trail explores the North Shuswap forest above Anglemont and leads to a hidden waterfall. Experienced hikers and snowshoers may want to explore some of the forest roads and skid tracks in the upper forest higher up the creek.
ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it approx 26km to Celista. 2km past Celista, turn left onto Begulin Rd and up the hill for 1.5km. Turn right at the stop sign at the top of the hill onto Line 17, then left onto Garland Rd. Proceed 2.6km until Garland Rd becomes #730 Forest Service Rd at the first corner. Set odometre to zero. Watch for logging trucks. Turn right and follow the main road for approx. 1.7km, then take the right fork. At 2.2km cross a bridge and continue up the hill. At 2.8km stay on the main road (passing a road on the right) then stay right (passing a fork on the left). At approx. 3.1km find the start of the old Sheep Trail (now a wide ATV track) on the left. The 8km trail starts at this point ( at the bottom of the Sheep Track). Optionally continue to drive another 8km up the Forest Service Rd until a Deactivated Road sign signals the junction with the 4wd Sheep Track. (Look for a sign on the right labeled “East Way” marking the continued track to the meadows). This is the top of the Sheep Track.Park here for a walk up to the meadows and back (6 + km return), or a cross-country mountain bike ride up to Mobley Lookout and back (approx 20 km return). NOTE: Protect the delicate flora and fauna of this area by staying on established tracks. Area is heavily used by ATVs in the summer. Be well prepared - this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat. There is a range license in the area. Avoid disruption to cattle herds.
DISTANCE: 8+ km from bottom of Sheep Track to Crowfoot Meadows; 5.5+ km from top of Sheep Track to Crowfoot Meadows; additional 6km from Crowfoot Meadows to Mobley Mountain
#27 EVELYN FALLS
ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 41.6km to Anglemont. Turn left (north) on Golf Course Drive. Park just past the Fire Hall on the right, and walk up to the top of the road looking for the trail head sign just ahead on the right. The trail climbs up the bank into the forest. Please only use the marked trail. Access through the private air strip is prohibited. Stay on the trail. Do not climb around the falls. Slippery rocks, steep ledges & sensitive habitat.
28. Grizzly (Fowler) Mountain DURATION: Various (day trip) Views, alpine meadows, wildflowers, birds, animals. ACCESS: Traveling west on the Trans Canada Hwy, turn left at Squilax onto SquilaxAngelmont Rd and proceed 45km to St. Ives. Proceed 4km on the Forest Service Rd. then turn left onto Forest Service Rd #1025. Travel 10.4km to a junction in the road and park. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.
29. Magna Bay Celista Loop DISTANCE: 17.5 km (round trip) DURATION: 1+ Hour (round trip) Approx. 17.5km on a good dirt road winding through farms, forest and along creeksides. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 35km to Magna Bay. Turn left at Stevens Rd then immediately left again onto Line 17. Turn left onto Meadow Creek Rd and return to the Squilax-Anglemont Rd at Celista.
30. Pukeashun Mountain DISTANCE: 13 km (one way) DURATION: Overnight hike/ Long day mountain bike This remote Provincial Park rewards with alpine meadows and outstanding views. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx 12km towards Scotch Creek. Turn left/north on the Scotch Creek Forest Service Rd #670 - watch carefully for the road at the top of a long hill. Travel 12.5km along this road to the Kwikoit Recreation Site. Stay on #670 and at 22km the road takes a sharp turn where it crosses a creek. Stay left. At 27.5km the Adams Forest Service Rd joins on the left. Keep right and stay on #670. Just before the 35km marker turn off to the right onto #680 - from here it is 4wd or hike. Cross a creek and take the next left, going steeply up the mountain through several switchbacks. Keep right. At 3.5km from the #670 turn off watch for an ATV quad trail into the trees on the left. This is the beginning of the trail. NOTE: If you reach a point where the road narrows due to land sliding you’ve gone too far. Back track, looking for the ATV track. Be well prepared, this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat. Road conditions subject to change.
#32 RODERICK HAIG-BROWN PROVINCIAL PARK, Rick Graham Photo
31. Quaaout Lodge Resort (Talking Rock) DISTANCE: various DURATION: 0.5 - 1+ Hour A variety of trails on First Nations land on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake, accessible by guests of the resort. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and cross the bridge to the north shore. Turn left after the bridge, following the signs to Talking Rock Resort. www.QuaaoutLodge.com
32. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park
DISTANCE: various DURATION: 0.5 - 3+ Hour A network of trails along the Adams River, located between Adams Lake and Shuswap Lake. Wonderful river views, forest, wildflowers, mosses, ferns, wildlife, salmon run. www.SalmonSociety.com ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Angelmont Rd and follow the road approx 5km. You will come to the bridge over the Adams River. There are three trailheads in this park. The Main Parking Lot, (the location of the Salute to the Sockeye festival every four years), is straight ahead, 1km on the right. The Raft Pullout parking area (to access the upper Adams River Gorge on the northeast side of the river), is just after the Adams River bridge on the left. Bear Creek Flume parking area (gives access to the southwest side of the Adams River), turn left onto Holding Road just prior to the bridge, then travel approx 3km, watching for trail signs on the right.
LOWER TRAIL SYSTEM: provides access to salmon spawning NEW! viewing areas during the fall sockeye salmon run. Check out the new main parking area, trail improvements, interpretive signage and spawning viewing deck added in 2014. The next large salmon run is expected in 2018. Trails loop throughout the forest and along the river, providing superb views of the red salmon as you stand beside the gravel spawning pools. The Cottonwoods (3.5km) trail leads you to the mouth of the Adams River as it flows into Shuswap Lake, and up river to the Adams River Bridge. Make a loop by following the Forest Trail through the trees and looping back along the Cottonwoods Trail. The Island Trail is a short side trail (1km) crossing a bridge over a spawning channel leading to the banks of the Adams River. UPPER TRAIL SYSTEM: Starting at the Raft Pullout, or walking up the Cottonwoods Trail from the Main Parking Lot, these trails traverse the area to the northeast of the Adams River. The Wade Road Trails feature a contrasting, dry forest above the river along an old horse packerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail, with loop trails leading down to the river below. Most hikers aim for the Canyon. Its rocky outcroppings look down on the river below making an excellent place to watch rafters and kayakers navigating the tricky waters. (Return hike from the Main Parking Lot via the Cottonwoods trail and Wade Road trail to the Canyon is approx 8km).
#31 KEKULI AT QUAAOUT LODGE
#33 SCOTCH CREEK LOOKOUT
BEAR FLUME: This 8.5km trail follows a historic flume used to transport logs to the Adams River. There are seven unique bridges and the impressive Bear Creek Falls on this scenic and interesting route. NOTE: Steep cliffs. Bikes are not permitted on certain trails. Please respect signage and keep to the appropriate trails. #26 CROWFOOT and MOBLEY LOOKOUT
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DISTANCE: 3.5 - 6km (round trip) DURATION: 1 - 1.5 Hours (round trip) to Scotch Creek Lookout; 3 Hours (round trip) via Hlina Loop TRAILHEAD GPS: 11U 329338E 5648098N Forest walk to impressive views over Shuswap Lake high above Scotch Creek. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Angelmont Rd and cross the bridge to the north shore. Continue to the community of Scotch Creek. On the east side of Scotch Creek, pass the Rose Clifford Park and pub and climb up the hill out of town. Watch for Leopold Road at the top of the hill and turn left here. Set your odometer to zero and continue up Leopold Road watching for trailhead arrows at each junction. Stay straight at the first junction past Allen Road (620 m). Right at the next junction (1.3km) passing the Forestry radio frequency sign (157.320). At 2.1km stay right past the cutblock road. At 2.5km stay left. This is where Leopold Road turns into the Scotch Creek Hlina Forest Service Road. Continue on watching for the old log homestead ruins on your left. At 3.1km stay right past the gated private property. As you continue up the road, watch for cattle gates. If there is no sign and you find the gate closed, close it behind you. If you find it open, leave it open. Otherwise, follow the directions on the posted sign, and watch for cattle. At 5.7km stay straight ahead past the cutblock on your left. At 6.7km take the left fork. Another 200m up and around the bend you will find the trailhead parking area on your left. Park here, and begin your walk (or ride).
DETAILED TRAIL INFO: The first section of the trail is complete to the Scotch Creek Lookout. A secondary wilderness route (the Hlina Loop) is brushed and blazed, but requires off trail wilderness travel experience and route finding. THE SCOTCH CREEK LOOKOUT: On a clear day Shuswap Lake and the highlands to the south, east and west are spread out in dramatic panoramas. It is not uncommon to watch eagles playing in the updrafts above the bluffs on a warm day. Appropriate precautions for bears should be made, as wildlife is prevalent. Starting from the trailhead parking area walk south about 750m along the old discontinued logging road. A ring of boulders marks the end of the logging road and a transition to grassy lane. This old skid track is now a summer grazing area. Please take special care to protect the fertile grass forage by staying to trails, and avoid disturbing cattle. About 1.5km from the parking area, watch for the trail to fork right off the grassy lane up into the young replanted forest. A trail post marks your way. The trail climbs through the new growth for another 200m before emerging into a little clearing and then a junction. This marks the meeting point of the Scotch Creek Lookout loop. Turn either way for a 1 km loop, bringing you to the edge of the old growth forest of mixed Douglas Fir, Cedar and Hemlock. Drift fences and stiles stop cattle from entering the delicate old growth forest. Please use the stiles and be sure that the horse gate is closed. Depending on which way you take the loop, a 500m walk brings you to the main lookout. (1045 m above sea level).
HLINA LOOP - for experienced wilderness hikers with route finding knowledge! A 6.5km loop option back to the parking area is possible. Look for the route post sign at the northwest corner of the Scotch Creek Lookout trail. From here there is no built trail. Look for orange blaze markers along the route. (550m from the NW corner post watch for another viewpoint side spur). Steep edges at viewpoints. Stay clear, and keep children well back. This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for bears. Access is on active logging road. Watch for vehicles. Use with care.
33. Scotch Creek Lookout
34. Seymour River Falls DURATION: 0.5 Hour Old growth cedar forest, spectacular falls and a canyon. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx. 46km to St. Ives. Continue 45 km past St. Ives and all the way up the west side of Seymour Arm, following the Forest Service Rd #1100 past the Seymour Arm townsite. At the 15km marker cross the Seymour River. Go approx. 0.2km to the wide spot in the road. Park and follow the short trail down to the falls. The falls can be heard from this site. Steep edges at viewpoints. Stay clear, and keep children well back. This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for bears. Access is on active logging road. Watch for vehicles. Use with care.
35. Shuswap Lake Provincial Park DURATION: 0.5 Hour Numerous trails in the park, including an interpretive trail. ACCESS: Approx 9.4km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd and follow it for approx. 18km to the park. Many of these trails are suitable for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing.
36. Wright Lake DISTANCE: 2.5 km (one way) WATER ACCESS ONLY: Approx. 2/3 of the way up Seymour Arm on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s east side. Begin on the south side of Wright Creek, crossing to the north side. There may be a trail sign. #32 RODERICK HAIG-BROWN PROVINCIAL PARK (ADAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RIVER GORGE)
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37. Estekwalen Mountain DISTANCE: Approx. 11 km (round trip) DURATION: 4 - 5 Hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 314424E 5599242N A rigorous wilderness trail for fit, experienced hikers. Approx 11km return trip to alpine at 1745 m, best in summer. Tremendous views of Paxton Valley and the Monashee Mountains to the east, forest, wildflowers, very steep cliffs. ACCESS: From Falkland drive 1km west on Hwy 97. Just past the Falkland Stampede grounds, turn right onto Wetaskawin Rd going to the landfill, and then turn left above the landfill site. Continue through switchbacks, going up hill for the next 7km. The incline can be very slippery when wet, even for 4wd vehicles. At 7km a sign indicates parking and the trailhead on your right. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: The start of the trail is well established heading north through the forest and then climbs steeply through switchbacks. Eventually the trail opens onto an area of loose rock and follows the ridgeline straight up (favoring the left side) to the edge of the summit ridge. Several exposed areas require comfort with scrambling and heights. Approx 100 m below the end of the ridge, another rough trail begins. This route
is usually fairly well marked with ribbons and provides an alternate route back (though only recommended for those knowledgeable about the area and comfortable with steep scambling and route finding. If unfamiliar, return the way you came.) Along the lower forestry roads there may be cattle in the area, so please remember to close cattle gates. A more detailed description is available in the Vernon Outdoor Hiking Guide. Wilderness Trail. Route finding is
required on the upper slopes and ridge, with some exposed scrambling. The round trip encounters serious rock hazards and route finding on the descent. The weather can change quickly so bring extra clothing and be prepared for wilderness travel.
38. Haines Creek Multi-use recreational trails are maintained primarily by local off-road motorbike trials riders, and for access to the region’s main climbing crags. Forest and creek views. ACCESS: From Salmon Arm, head West on Hwy 1 to Salmon Valley Rd. Follow for 18.5km, past the Silver Creek store and the 7th Day Adventist Church on the left. Turn left at the community
playing field /park, just before the Silver Creek Fire Hall. At the ‘T’ intersection by the gravel pit, turn left and follow the road up to 3km. This is a popular off road area. Watch for motorcyclists and ATVs.
39. Lisa Road Trail
to DURATION: 90 minutes (round trip)
Old logging road that leads up for appox 60 minutes to a serene environment. Terrific views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and fields, wildflowers, berries, small pond. ACCESS: From Falkland travel approx 12km northwest on Chase-Falkland Rd to just past (north) of Pillar Lake Resort’s main entrance, then turn right/east onto Lisa Rd, cross the cattle guard and turn back and park along the fence to the trail. Yellow ribbons mark where to turn left and then it dead ends.
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#37 ESTEKWALEN MOUNTAIN
40. The Pillar DURATION: 10 min. (one way) The Pillar trail is located on the east side of the road south of Pillar Lake Resort. A short walk, but steep 10 minutes up to a unique 18m (90foot column hoodoo) of eroded rock and clay capped with a flat rock. Do not climb on or dig away at the Pillar. This natural feature is fragile. ACCESS: From Falkland travel approx 12km northwest on Chase-Falkland Rd to Pillar Lake. Park at the public access to the lake. The trail is across the road. Steep, unmaintained trail.
Slippery in rain.
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41. Tuktakamin Mountain DISTANCE: Approx. 12km (round trip) DURATION: 5 - 6 Hrs (round trip) A circuit route of mixed forests, ridgelines, vistas, and wild flowers overlooking Falkland. ACCESS: 10km west of Falkland on Hwy 97 turn left/south onto Old Pinaus Lake Rd, a deactivated logging road. After climbing approx 4km turn left/east towards Tuktakamin Mtn and follow signs to the trailhead partway up the maintenance road on the left. (The maintenance road can be driven to the top of the mountain and its lookout.) An alternate route to the trailhead is 14km west of Falkland on Hwy 97 turn left/south onto Ingram Creek Forest Service Road. Drive approx. 6.5km on this active logging road, then left onto Will Lake Forest Service Road, following signs to the trailhead. See the Vernon Outdoor Club Hiking Guide for a more detailed description.
#41 TUKTAKAMIN MOUNTAIN
DETAILED TRAIL INFO: The trail starts on the left/north side of the maintenance road, climbing steeply up through the forest to emerge on the open ridgeline. Follow the ridge climbing eastward toward the obvious summit of Tuktakamin with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s array of radio towers. The last climb to the summit weaves in and out of the forest and bush, passing an old wooden building elevated on posts. From the summit, a loop trail can be found by exploring the western slope below the radio towers. It drops through the trees steeply and meets the maintenance road. The trail continues a short walk further down the road on the left where it climbs another ridge before dropping steeply back into the forest. Watch for occasional blaze markers. The trail emerges onto the maintenance road just below (west) of the starting point. A short walk back up the road returns you to your vehicle. Some scrambling
on the open ridges. Route finding required.
#40 THE PILLAR - Darren Robinson Photo
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42. Chase Creek Falls
45. Neskonlith Meadows
DISTANCE: 125 metres (one way) DURATION: 15 minutes (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 311311E 5633145N
Early spring floral displays along a rolling grassland bench above the mouth of the South Thompson River. The Neskonlith Meadows are within Adams Lake First Nations lands. Access is regulated by permit only. Permits are available at the Band Office (see access description.) Seasonal closures apply.
A short walk from the old rest stop to dramatic falls. Look for big horn sheep on the slopes above. ACCESS: Start in the Safety Mart parking lot on the north side of Hwy 1 in Chase and cross through the pedestrian underpass below the highway. Or alternately, turn south off Hwy 1 at the Argo equipment yard opposite the middle entrance to Chase. Park by the Cemetery at the trailhead sign.
ACCESS: From Downtown Chase follow Pine Street north across the South Thompson Bridge. Turn right just after the bridge and up to the Adams Lake Band Offices immediately on the right. Enquire at the reception office regarding seasonal closures and to purchase a permit, and for directions to the meadows.
43. Chase Historic Walk
46. Scatchard Mountain Switchbacks
A walk back in time through the colourful history of Chase. Combine your visit with a trip up the historic Scatchard Mountain Switchbacks (trail #46, pg. 22), and a visit to the beach.
DISTANCE: 3.5 km (one way) DURATION: 1 hour (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11U 311033E 5632752N
ACCESS: Traveling west on Hwy 1 to Chase, turn right/north onto Shuswap Ave and drive to the Musuem at the corner of Okanagan Ave. Ask for a copy of the Chase Historic Walking Tour brochure. Alternatively, drive through town and enquire at the Visitors’ Centre on the West end of Shuswap Ave.
44. Neskonlith Lake Walk along the shore in the Provincial Campground and find some hidden trails through the forest. ACCESS: From Downtown Chase follow Pine Street across the tracks and the bridge. Travel west along this gravel road for 3km where you will come to a fork. Take the right fork onto Loakin-Bear Creek Rd. You will be rewarded here with a spectacular view of Little Shuswap Lake, the villages of Chase and Adams Lake First Nations, and the South Thompson River. Stay on this road for approx 3km. Watch for the park entrance on your left. Another 2km brings you to the lake and campground.
The historic trail climbs to viewpoints overlooking Chase and the Chase Creek Canyon, and further on to Chase Creek Rd. Watch for Big Horn Sheep across the canyon on the slopes above Chase Creek. ACCESS: Start in the Safety Mart parking lot on the north side of Hwy 1 in Chase and cross through the pedestrian underpass below the highway. Or alternately, turn south off Hwy 1 at the Argo equipment yard opposite the middle entrance to Chase. Park by the Cemetery at the trailhead sign. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: The historic Switchback trail follows the old road from the southeast corner of the Chase Cemetery. (Visit the Chase Museum or Chamber Visitor’s Centre for an interpretive pamphlet.) After 1.1km hikers are rewarded with views at the first switchback. Another 1.3km comes to another viewpoint over Little Shuswap Lake and the Village of Chase. A little further along find the side trail to Odin’s Lookout. Be sure to search the opposite hillsides for glimpses of Big Horn Sheep. From here, another 1km brings you
to the Chase-Falkland Rd. A side loop on this section follows the original switchbacked road known as Attila’s Lane. Return the way you came. Or for a loop ride, drop down the ChaseFalkland Rd to Hwy 1 and return to Chase.
47. Skmana Lake Trails
DISTANCE: Various DURATION: 0.5 - 2+ Hours (round trip)
These Nordic ski trails are maintained by the Skmana Ski NEW! Club. An abundance of snowshoe trails and 14km of Nordic trails provide winter access to these beautiful wetlands and intimate twin lakes. ACCESS: From Downtown Chase follow Pine Street across the tracks and the bridge. Travel west along this gravel road for 3km where you will come to a fork. Take the right fork onto Loakin-Bear Creek Rd. Stay on this road for another 10km until you pass under the B.C. Hydro transmission lines. Watch for the parking lot on your left. Alternatively (coming from the east) from Hwy. #1, cross the Squilax Bridge to the north shore, then left on Holding Road. Turn left on Loakin-Bear Creek Rd, and drive 10km. Watch for the Skmana Ski signs, on the right, following the Skmana Valley Rd. to the Recreation site. For detailed maps, get a copy of the Shuswap Nordic Map available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTourism.ca
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Neskonlith Meadows April - May: Avalanche Lily, Arrow Leaf, Balsam Root
Crowfoot Meadows July: Avalanche Lily, Arnica, Paint Brush, Lupines
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DISTANCE: Various 0.5km - 4km (round trip) DURATION: 1+ Hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 334262E 5637686N A great place for short loop options up to the old growth fir tree and the Balmoral Bluffs veiwpoint, or access to a longer traverse hike over to White Lake (8km). Shorter loop options up past the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint through forests. The Balmoral Trail System connects the Blind Bay Bluffs (trail #50, pg. 24) and the White Lake trail systems (trail #53, pg. 25). ACCESS: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento, or approx 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn north onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5km and watch for the large trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision. NOTE: EQ riders may find the alternate access via Sherri Rd easier from the south. (Check local maps for directions).
DISTANCE: 1 km DURATION: 0.5+ Hours Approx. 11km journey up the logging roads plus a 1km walk along the cliffs for great views of Shuswap Lake and surrounding mountains. ACCESS: 15km west of Salmon Arm on Hwy. 1 or 18km east from Sorrento turn east onto Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd. Follow this road for approx. 6.5km and at the base of a slide that comes nearly to the road, turn left onto the rough gravel road leading up to Bastion Mountain. Follow the road up the mountain to the top of the cliffs near the relay tower, keeping to the best traveled road. Active logging road - use a 2-way radio or follow a radioed vehicle or logging truck. Dangerous cliff edge and trail, especially in wet conditions. Stay clear, and keep children and dogs well back.
From the parking lot, there is a lower easy loop through open forest. At the top of this loop is a short trail that goes up to the top of a ridge, which, at the end, overlooks Alpen Paradies subdivision and Blind Bay. Continuing up from there, are two ways to reach the main connector trail between White Lake and Blind Bay. These can be done as an upper loop back to the parking lot, or as through-routes to either the Blind Bay Lookout (upper trail to the left) or White Lake Trail (lower trail). Trails beyond the Balmoral Trail Loops take you into
longer hiking routes and require additional preparation, including water.
#57 HERALD PROVINCIAL PARK, Darren Robinson Photo
#60 MOUNT BALDY LOOKOUT
50. Blind Bay Bluffs
51. Blind Bay Lookout - McArthur Heights
DISTANCE: 6.5km (one way) DURATION: 2.5 Hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 334262E 5637686N
DISTANCE: 1 km (one way) DURATION: 1 Hour (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 333648E 5641040N
Spectacular vistas west over Blind Bay, the South Shuswap, Squilax, Chase, and in the distance Todd Mountain at Sun Peaks.
A very steep challenging climb up small sections of scree slope and exposed rock. The summit features panoramic views of Shuswap Lake over Blind Bay and toward Salmon Arm.
ACCESS: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento, or approx 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn North onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5km and watch for the large Balmoral Trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision. DETAILED TRAIL DESCRIPTION: From the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint (see trail #48, page 23.) take the upper trail and follow the signs. The trail emerges at a stile onto a shared ATV trail. Turn left/north on the ATV trail watching for signs at junction points where the trail turns right/southeast and then later left/north again. After a long steep section where the ATV trail climbs through the forest watch for a marker post (11 U 334798E 5640352N). A faint side trail leads to the first viewpoint and for some, the turn around point at approx 5km from the trailhead. To reach the main summit lookout continue north along the ATV trail making a sharp right/east turn (a wet spot with lingering snow in the spring) and watch for the next trail post. Turn left/ north and follow this final single-track nonmotorized trail as it climbs the final approx 1km toward the lookout, rewarding the hardy with sections of spectacular ridgeline and views over the entire South Shuswap. Return the way you came, or make a shuttle trip by leaving a vehicle at the McArthur Heights trailhead (trail #51, pg. 24). Steep bluffs. Stay clear of edge.
This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for Bears.
ACCESS: Approx. 9.3km east of Sorrento or approx 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn north onto Balmoral Rd and travel north to Reedman Point Rd, (approx. 2km past the Blind Bay Rd junction). Turn right, then take the next left onto McBride Rd. Follow McBride Rd up through the McArthur Heights subdivision to the end of the road and park. DETAILED TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The trail starts at the left/north end of the McArthur Heights Trailhead parking lot (private property is on the right). After a short flat section through forest behind the subdivision, the trail begins to climb in earnest. The trail makes its way up through a short, dangerous exposed section of loose rock. This is a point to reassess. Remember: down climbing is always more difficult. Watch for a junction where the left-hand trail switchbacks through a steep area - this is a safer route around the original exposed rocky section to the right. After the exposed rocky section things become more secure but continue steeply making this short 1km feel a lot longer. The trail follows the ridge line with great views eventually rounding off at the Blind Bay Lookout and spectacular views over the bay and the west arm of Shuswap Lake toward Squilax and Chase.
The original lookout trail is unmaintained with dangerous exposed sections requiring comfort with heights. Extreme caution is required.
52. Blind Bay Road Walkway DISTANCE: Various DURATION: 0.5+ Hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: Blind Bay Village Grocer 11 U 333798E 5638814N Widened shoulder for pedestrians and cyclists follows the Blind Bay Road. A work in progress, this shoreline walk is the result of leadership by the South Shuswap Recreational Trail Society, the local community, and Ministry of Transport. Once complete, the roadside walk will span 12 km between Sorrento and Blind Bay. Look for the yellow foot prints to mark the way. This pathway can link to several great road cycle tours, as well as a longer forest trek including the Blind Bay Lookout and Balmoral Trails. Watch for new additions. ACCESS: From the west via the Blind Bay road just east of Sorrento on Highway 1. From the east via Balmoral Road turning north of Highway 1 down to Blind Bay. Park at the Blind Bay Village Grocer.
From here, return the way you came, or for an extended day hike, follow the signs from the summit to the Balmoral Trailhead (approx. 8 km one way from McArthur Heights to Balmoral Trailhead). (See trail #48, pg. 23 and trail #50, pg.24). SUNNYBRAE-CANOE POINT ROAD, Darren Robinson Photo
53. Blind Bay to White Lake Trail DISTANCE: 8 - 20 km DURATION: 3 - 8+ Hours (one way hiking time) TRAILHEAD GPS: Balmoral 11 U 334262E 5637686N; White Lake (John Evdokimoff Bike Park) 11 U 337688E 5639194N eautiful flowing trail immerses travelers in B the tranquility of the forest between Blind Bay and White Lake. BALMORAL TRAILHEAD: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento, or approx 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn north on onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5km and watch for the large trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision. WHITE LAKE TRAILHEAD: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, turn right immediately onto White Lake Road behind Balmoral Store. (White Lake Rd forms a loop, returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4 m farther east, approx 20km west of Salmon Arm). Watch for the John Evdokimoff Bike Park sign on your left about 7km from the Balmoral Store on White Lake Rd. This cross-country trail links communities in the South Shuswap, and provides a series of recreational loop trails to explore. From the Balmoral Trailhead, follow directions to the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint, then take the right/south trail. Cross the ATV trail through the stiles, and continue through tranquil open forests. A short climb brings you to a bench following a forested ridgeline before crossing the ATV trails again. Now the trail climbs to emerge at the viewpoint with vistas south and west toward Tappen and Notch Hill. A great turn around destination, or rest stop before continuing to White Lake. From here the trail continues through a variety of forest environments, past exposed rock bands, criss-crossing the ATV trails before connecting with the Little White Lake Forest Service Road. The trail crosses the road back
#51 BLIND BAY LOOKOUT
#53 BLIND BAY TO WHITE LAKE TRAIL
into the forest and links up with the White Lake Lookout trail before dropping down a short section on the forestry road and another trail to the John Evdokimoff Bike Skills Park and White Lake trailhead.
55. Eagle Bay to White Lake
Link this trail with the Blind Bay Bluffs (trail #50, pg. 24) and McArthur Heights Trail (trail #51, pg. 24) to create a longer, full-day hike.
ACCESS: Approx. 9.3km east of Sorrento or approx. 24km west of Salmon Arm, turn north onto Balmoral Rd and ride north past the Blind Bay Rd junction onto Eagle Bay Rd. Rather than returning the same route, you can turn right/south onto Ivy Rd just beyond Eagle Bay and go up to gravel 700 Forest Service Rd. Turn left here. (Note: the road ahead leads onto private property and is gated). Travel to the next right, then take the next right. At the junction by the cattle corral, make a short side trip right to Herman Lake Rec. Site, or continue left/south to the NE shore of White Lake and then back along White Lake Rd west to Balmoral Rd.
This is a wilderness trail. Be prepared. Make noise for bears.
54. Bryden and Pement Lakes DISTANCE: 3.5 km (one way) DURATION: 1 Hour (one way) Two small quiet fishing lakes in the Ptarmigan Hills with small Recreation sites. ACCESS FROM HWY #1: Follow the highway (14.3km west of Salmon Arm or 18.6km east of Sorrento) and turn west onto Tappen Valley Rd. After approx. 4km turn left/west onto Skimikin Lake Rd, then travel for 6.1km to Skimikin Lake. Continue 600m west of Skimikin Lake and turn left/south onto China Valley Rd. Travel approx. 14.6km and keep right at the junction with #180 Charcoal Creek Forest Service Rd. 4km further, turn right immediately after a switchback over a small creek. Continue 2.2km to the parking area. Follow the trail east for approx. 2km to Pement Lake on the right fork, and another 1.5km on the left fork to Bryden Lake. FROM FALKLAND: Travel approx. 18km northwest on Chase-Falkland Rd, past Pillar Lake, and turn right/east onto #180 Charcoal Creek Forest Service Rd. Travel approx. 13km and turn left at the junction. See above for final directions. The final 2.2km of the road to the parking lot can get seriously water trenched at the start, so a 4WD vehicle may be required.
#58 JOHN EVDOKIMOFF BIKE PARK
A scenic ride along Shuswap Lake with several beach access points for swimming.
56. Herman Lake Small fishing lake with numerous trails, a boardwalk, wildflowers and birds. Recreation Site with walk-in camping and a pit toilet. FROM WHITE LAKE: Travel on Hwy 1 approx. 9.3km east of Sorrento or approx. 24km west of Salmon Arm and turn north onto Balmoral Rd.Turn right onto White Lake Rd behind the Balmoral Store, continuing approx. 7km before turning left onto Parri Rd at the west end of White Lake. Follow to the end of the pavement and continue straight to the White Lake Forest Service Rd. Herman Lake is approx. 8.3km. Keep left at the corral. Watch for a sign on the right. FROM EAGLE BAY: From the Balmoral Rd junction at Hwy 1, travel north past Blind Bay Village Grocer onto Eagle Bay Rd, continuing 16.5km to Ivy Rd. Turn right/south onto Ivy Rd and go up to 700 Forest Service Rd. Turn left here. (Note: the road ahead leads onto private property and is gated). Travel up 700 FS Rd to the next right, and then take the next right. At the junction by the cattle corral turn right to Herman Lake Rec. Site. www.ShuswapTrails.com
#58 JOHN EVDOKIMOFF BIKE PARK
57. Herald Provincial Park and Margaret Falls
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DISTANCE: 0.5 - 3 km (round trip) DURATION: 0.5 - 1.5 Hours MARGARET FALLS GPS: 11U 344564E 5628722N HERALD PARK GPS: 11U 344901E 5628990N Views of Shuswap Lake, creek, waterfalls, forest, mosses. Lower trails are wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all ages. ACCESS: 15km west of Salmon Arm on Hwy. 1 or 18km east from Sorrento turn east onto Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd and travel 12km. Park in Herald Provincial Park’s day use area on the right/south side of the road or at the Margaret Falls parking lot on the left/north side. The Lower Trails are along Shuswap Lake in the park, and to the waterfall over bridges and through a magical old growth forest in the moss-covered Reinecker Gorge. To reach the Upper Trails walk east on the side of the road from the Margaret Falls parking lot, or west on the road from the Herald Park Day Use area, and climb a set of stairs up the bank and into the trees. The upper trail crosses Reinecker Creek on a bridge at the top of the falls and returns back to the road. The Reinecker Creek Trail system starts at the post on the east side just before the bridge.
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Margaret Falls American Dipper Winter Wrens
ALONG NOTCH HILL ROAD
TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 337688E 5639194N
Progressive technical skills park, pump track, tabletops, jumps, and NEW! free ride trail for mountain bikers.
ACCESS: Park at the Balmoral Trailhead (trail #48, pg 23), and cross Balmoral Road to an old track just up on the west side that drops down to a landing. Look for an old overgrown track on your right that leads down to the edge of the fen. Alternately, follow the open track around to the south side of the fen along the retaining bank. A great spot for bird watching.
ACCESS: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, turn right immediately onto White Lake Road behind Balmoral Store. (White Lake Rd forms a loop, returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4km farther east, approx 20km west of Salmon Arm). Watch for the John Evdokimoff Bike Park sign on your left about 7km from the Balmoral Store on White Lake Road. Designed by legendary mountain bike guru, Jay Hoots, for CSRD Parks and built by local volunteers, the bike skills park is a fun place to warm up before a ride on the Blind Bay/ White Lake Trails, or a playful end to a day of cross-country riding. Don’t miss the practice downhill burm trail that starts at the very top of the park (use the uphill track to the left). Note: the park is also the east trailhead for the Blind Bay White Lake Trail system (trail #53, pg. 25). Watch for exciting upgrades planned for the park.
Progressive technical features.
Mountain bikers must wear
helmets. Use at your own risk.
59. Loftus Lake
DISTANCE: Short DURATION: Short A short walk down through an old brushy track emerges at the edge of the Loftus Fen. Link with a stroll on the far side between the retaining bank and water treatment ponds to link with the South Shuswap Estates.
#57 HERALD PROV. PARK and MARGARET FALLS
61. Reinecker Creek Trail System
DISTANCE: 4.8 km (round trip) DURATION: 3+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 323013E 5639376N
DISTANCE: Various (10 - 20km round trip) DURATION: 4-8+ Hrs (round trip hike) MARGARET FALLS GPS: 11U 344564E 5628722N HERALD PARK GPS: 11U 344901E 5628990N
The new Mount Baldy trail is a collaborative project between the NEW! Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C Parks Commission, the Sorrento and Area Community Association, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance. It’s an intermediate hike and snowshoe /ice-cleat walk (2.8kms uphill) through mixed forests to a great lookout over the lake west of Sorrento. An even newer 1.8km optional upper loop has been blazed and brushed (2014) for more experienced hikers and snowshoers to explore. Return the way you came, or take the new upper loop by following the blazes south along the ridge looping through more trembling aspen and mixed forests back to the main trail. At the lookout, watch your foot placement to minimize damage to the sensitive ecology on these unique Shuswap rocky outcrops. These lookout locations are within the Secwepemc First Nation Territory. ACCESS: Drive west of Sorrento on Hwy. 1. Turn south/left onto Elson Road and drive past the famous Crannog Ales, left over the railway track, and then left on South Shore Place to park in the Cul-de-Sac at the trailhead kiosk sign. Be sure to allow plenty of room for others to turn around, and avoid blocking local driveways. The trailhead starts here over a short bridge.
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Reinecker Creek Trail System Various Song Birds Solitary Vireo Olive-Sided Flycatchers
Reinecker Creek trails provide opportunity for a lengthy day or overnight hike, snowshoe, or half/full day mountain bike circuits through the forested valley above Herald Park, connecting Sunnybrae through to White Lake. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: Two routes parallel Reinecker Creek. The West Trail is a multi-use trail that sees motorized traffic, and is two to three metres wide and roughly 10km long. The East Trail is a non-motorized trail route that is 0.5 metres wide and 10km long. There are two crossing points (North and South). The South Crossing is about halfway through the East and West trails and the North crossing is at the top (North) end of both trails. The East trail is designated “no-bikes” from Herald Park to the South Crossing, as bikes are not allowed off-road in Herald Park at this time. The Upper East section is open to mountain bikers and hikers. (Mountain bike access is best via Bastion Mt FSR). See access below (trail #57, pg. 26). The East Trail begins in the north end of Herald Park, off of the Upper Trail. Passing through several forest types, the figure-eight shape of the trail system provides several loop options, ranging from 10 to 20km. It is possible to continue past the north end of the trail system on the Forest Service road into the White Lake Valley, but this route is unmarked and should only be used by those familiar with the area. ACCESS VIA BASTION MOUNTAIN FS Rd: Traveling west from Salmon Arm for 15km, turn right on Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd and follow for 7km. Turn left on Bastion Mountain
Forest Service Rd (watch for logging traffic, the first 2km is very narrow and steep with no room for passing). Best to ride up (for the very fit) or if you must drive, wait until the weekend (less logging traffic) and follow signs to a junction at 4.8km. Turn right and follow for 1.5km to the trailhead. ACCESS FROM HERALD PARK : Traveling west from Salmon Arm for 15km, turn right on Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd and follow for 11.5km past Margaret Falls to the Herald Park day-use entrance on the right.
60. Mount Baldy Lookout
HIKERS AND SNOWSHOERS: follow the trail signs from the north side of the parking lot back up to Sunnybrae Rd. Cross the road and continue up the wooden stairs. Follow trail for 1.4km to East Reinecker Creek Trail junction. MOUNTAIN BIKERS: Ride the parking lot road back up to Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd, turn left and ride back past the Margaret Falls parking lot to the yellow gate on the right. Follow the trail signs on the old skid road taking the first junction on your left. The going is very steep to start and washed out (lots of loose gravel) and will have you pushing. Things level in about 1.5km as they connect with the west tracks and the crossing points to the east trails. (Bastion Mountain FS Rd is a preferred choice, for cycling). Be well prepared, as this is a remote backcountry trail in bear habitat. Watch for vehicles on Forestry roads and ATV tracks. There is a range license at the north end of the trail system. Avoid disruption to cattle, and close gates.
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#60 GRAND OPENING OF MOUNT BALDY LOOKOUT TRAIL
#63 SHANNON BEACH PARK TRAIL
#66 TAPPEN BLUFFS
62. Rocky Martinson Park Trail
64. Skimikin Lake Trails
DISTANCE: 0.5km (one way), 1.4km (round trip) DISTANCE: 0.5+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 345583E 5644635N
A new half kilometre trail connects Eagle Bay Road with the NEW! neighbourhood just above Eagle Bay Camp, creating a fun alternate for local mountain biking and walking. An old road creates a 1.4km loop walk past a historic root cellar back to the trailhead. Alternately link an exploration of Ivy Road and the Shannon Beach Trails a little further east. ACCESS: Turn north off Hwy 1 at Balmoral Road (5km west of Carlin School), and continue straight. The road becomes Eagle Bay Rd. Travel approx 20km. Look for the Rocky Martinson Regional Park sign on your right. Park just off the road along the dirt access road.
63. Shannon Beach Park Trail System
This area is noted for its equestrian trails. There is an extensive trail network around the lake and up onto the benches and crags of the surrounding mountain sides, with gentle inclines and views over the valley below. Approx. 100 km of marked trails, including several short loops near the lake. Excellent horse riding staging area, with pull-thrus and corrals at the campground/day use area. Trail junctions are signed, with the higher numbers further away from the lake. People also visit Skimikin Lake to fish and enjoy the birds, turtles and other wildlife. ACCESS: Follow Hwy 1 for 14.3km west of Salmon Arm, or 18.6km east of Sorrento and turn west onto Tappen Valley Rd. After approx 4km turn left/west onto Skimikin Lake Rd. Travel 6.1km, past Recline Ridge Winery, over a cattle gate and past the CSRD Waste Transfer site. Skimikin Lake Rec Site is on your left. www.BChorsemen.org
65. Sorrento Blind Bay Park Trail
DISTANCE: 2 km (round trip) DISTANCE: 1 Hour TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 346789E 5644991N
A great addition to the recreational nature walking, snowshoe and NEW! mountain biking trails in the growing Shuswap Trail system. The easier to moderate lower loop features a unique forest rock wall. The intermediate + upper trail features a short cross-country mountain bike forest loop. Lake and road accessible with CSRD Parks picnic area, washrooms and designated swimming area. ACCESS: Turn north off Hwy 1 at Balmoral Road (5km west of Carlin School), and continue straight. The road becomes Eagle Bay Rd. Travel approx 22km. Look for the Shannon Beach Regional Park sign and parking area on your right.
DISTANCE: 0.7 km (loop) DURATION: 30+ minutes
A 15 min. walk by a creek under the trees along the edges of the NEW! community park. A well used trial for local dog walkers. The community park has tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer pitch, and a playground. In the winter, there is a skating rink. ACCESS: Turn south from Hwy 1 at Sorrento onto Notch Hill Rd.Take the first right onto Dilworth Rd and then the next left onto Davidson Rd. The park entrance is up on the left. Find the trail around the perimeter of the park in the trees.
#53 BLIND BAY to WHITE LAKE TRAIL
66. Tappen Bluffs DISTANCE: Approx. 4km (one way) DURATION: 1.5+ Hours (one way) A pleasant forestry road walk or ride up to glorious views over the Tappen Valley to Salmon Arm. Can be linked to the Skimikin Lake Trail System for a longer ride. Short steep final section. ACCESS: Follow Hwy 1 for 14.3km west of Salmon Arm, or 18.6km east of Sorrento and turn west onto Tappen Valley Rd. After approx 4km turn left/west onto Skimikin Lake Rd. Travel past Recline Ridge Winery, over a cattle gate and just past the CSRD Waste Transfer site. Watch for the next Forestry Service Rd on the right. (Look for number 130 on a yellow sign attached to a tree and a grey metal transformer to the left of FSR 130.) Park here, on the right, just off Skimikin Rd. (Stay well clear of the Forest Service Rd entry.) NOTE: The “No Entry” sign applies to the road straight ahead leading to a gravel quarry and old district dump. Your route takes FSR 130 which starts immediately to your left and goes uphill just past the signs. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: Begin your walk or ride from the junction with the Forest Service Rd and Skimikin Lake Rd. Travel 3km up the main Forest Service Rd enjoying views over the valley along the way. Continue to follow the main FS Rd past a cattle guard. Watch for glimpses of the bluffs as you wend your way up the road. At 3km take the smaller ATV track uphill on your right. The track continues climbing through the forest along the edge of cut blocks before coming to a very steep short climb. But don’t despair, the viewpoint is just a short distance further along the track once you get to the top. Return the way you came. Be well prepared, as this is bear habitat. Watch for vehicles on Forestryroads and ATV tracks. There is a range license where the Forest Service Rd crosses the cattleguard. Avoid disruption to cattle.
DISTANCE: Approx. 2 km (one way) DURATION: 30+ min (one-way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 337688E 5639194N A short, moderately steep trail to a lookout with views of White Lake, Little White Lake, the Tappen Valley and Mt. Ida in Salmon Arm. ACCESS: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, turn right immediately onto White Lake Road (behind Balmoral Store). Watch for the John Evdokimoff Bike Park sign on your left about 7km from the Balmoral Store on White Lake Road. Park here. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: Start at the John Evdokimoff Bike Park. Find the trail on the left/south west side where it starts as a multi-use ATV track, then branches off to the left just after entering the trees. The trail climbs alongside a stream (intermittent in the summer) before emerging onto the Forestry Rd. Turn left along the Foresty Rd for a short distance then turn right onto an ATV track just before the stream crossing at the bend of the Forest Service Rd. Stay right at the first junction on the ATV track and watch for the trail a little further up on the left. Follow this trail up to the next junction and take the right fork. The trail climbs steeply through the forest emerging along rocky bluffs looking over White Lake. Be sure to sign the cheerful trail register. To add a further 2km, follow the trail up through an open grassy forest before arriving at the radio tower. From the tower, proceed to the right/northeast into the cut block and look for a narrow trail on your right (watch for abundant wild strawberries here. . .and bears!)
Follow this trail through weaving through the new growth of the cutblock until it emerges at a forestry landing, and more views over White Lake and the Reinecker Creek valley. Return the way you came. Steep narrow sections. Watch for other trail users. Mountain bikers keep your speed in check.
68. White Lake Provincial Park DISTANCE: 0.5 km (one way) DURATION: 0.5 + Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 341235E 5639823N n old decommissioned road west along White A Lake allows walkers to savour the natural beauty on the edge of this ecological reserve. Please stay on the old road to protect the delicate foreshore habitat. ACCESS: Approx 9.3km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, turn right immediately onto White Lake Road (behind Balmoral Store), continuing approx. 7km before turning left on Parri Rd at the west end of White Lake. Park at the paved turnout where the pavement ends.
69. White Lake Road Cycle Routes
DISTANCE: 18.7km - 42km (one way) DURATION: 0.75 - 2+ Hours Lake country, farms, valley views, Balmoral store, Sorrento and Blind Bay services, Notch Hill Churches & School House. A great set of road riding options start at the John Evdokimoff Bike Park (White Lake.)
DETAILED TRAIL INFO: For a shorter road cycle tour link the east and west arms of the White Lake Rd with the White Lake Frontage Rd between Carlin and Balmoral. For a longer tour, link the full figure-eight route including Balmoral Rd to Blind Bay Rd, up to Sorrento, then Notch Hill Rd back over to Balmoral and the White Lake Rd. See the Shuswap-North Okanagan Cycle Touring Map available at local visitor centres, or online at www.ShuswapTrails.com
67. White Lake Lookout Trail
70. Wild Rose Bay DISTANCE: 400 m DURATION: 0.5 Hours (return) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 352583E 5647338N
A short forested trail down to the lake featuring low flat rocky NEW! outcrops into the water. A good destination along Eagle Bay Road. ACCESS: Turn north off Hwy 1 at Balmoral Rd (5km west of Carlin School), and continue straight. The road becomes Eagle Bay Rd. Travel approx 29km. Look for the Wild Rose Bay Regional Parks sign and parking area on your left.
TRAIL REPORT! If you see something needing attention, please let us know by filling out a Trail Report @ www.ShuswapTrails.com
ACCESS: See John Evdokimoff Bike Park description, (trail #58, pg 26).
#50 BLIND BAY BLUFFS TRAIL
Enderby & Area
SHUSWAP RIVER, ENDERBY
71. Enderby Cliffs Tplaquin Trail
72. Grindrod Park Trail
DISTANCE: 6.5 km (one way) DURATION: 2 + hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 350993E 5604788N
The Splatsin, BC Parks, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance upgraded NEW! the trail to improve grades, reduce erosion and protect an important First Nations sacred area. The result is an enhanced trail with even more vistas and a whole new appreciation for the remarkable ecology of the cliffs. Please stay to the trail to protect this sensitive ecosystem and avoid damaging erosion cutoffs. The Enderby Cliffs tower high above the town of Enderby offering breathtaking views of the Shuswap and the North Okanagan. Watch the soaring birds including Turkey Vultures and Eagles playing on the updrafts created by the steep rock face. These cliffs were formed in the Tertiary Age. www.BCparks.ca ACCESS: Turn east in downtown Enderby (follow signs to Mabel Lake), cross the Shuswap River Bridge onto Mabel Lake Rd. Continue for 2km east on Mabel Lake Rd (across the river) and a left turn onto Brash Allen Rd heading north. At 1.4km Brash Allen road forks - stay right and continue down the unpaved road for 1.6km until you reach the parking area on your left. Steep edges. Stay clear, and keep children well back. This is a narrow and exposed trail with sections of loose dirt and rock. Slippery when wet. Use at own risk.
DISTANCE: 750 m (loop) DURATION: 30 min TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 350040E 5610540N
This gravel surfaced pathway circles Grindrod Park along the banks of NEW! the Shuswap River, with views of the Enderby Cliffs. A great staging spot for local road cycle touring. Look for the path below the bridge that links to the restaurant, pub, and grocery store on the south side of the highway. The trail was built in 2014 with a partnership effort by the Grindrod Community Association, support from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, community residents and businesses, and an Active Seniors Grant from the Government of Canada. Plus 5 days of volunteer contribution by Girl Guides from accross Canada during their 2014 SOAR Jamboree. ACCESS: Drive 10km north of Enderby on Hwy 97A to Grindrod (4km north of the 97B junction to Salmon Arm). The park entrance is on the north side of the highway right next to the bridge on the west side of the river. Watch for traffic behind you when turning off the hwy.
73. Hidden Lake DISTANCE: Various DURATION: Various A Provincial Recreation Site nestled in the forested hills east of Enderby. A popular fishing spot and campsite with a trail around the lake. Excellent bird, wildlife, and wetland nature viewing. ACCESS: Travel 8km east of Enderby on the Mabel Lake Road. At Ashton Creek turn right (south) on the Trinity Valley Road and travel across the bridge for 6km. Stay left on the Hidden Lake forestry road travelling 12km on graded gravel to Hidden Lake. Look for several access points to the trail around the lake.
74. Jim Watt Heritage Riverwalk Paved historic interpretive walk extends along the banks of the Shuswap River in Enderby. An urban stroll along the water. ACCESS: Turn east in downtown Enderby (follow signs to Mabel Lake). Before crossing the Shuswap River Bridge look for the Visitor Centre on your right. Park here and stop in for the historic walking tour map. Connects Belvidere Park with Riverside Park. Combined with the Heritage walking tour of Enderby, the Riverwalk takes you on a journey of the areas past and invites you to appreciate the surrounding landscape and birdlife. Watch for turtles and beaver near the island.
75. Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Trails DISTANCE: Various DURATION: Various Nature trails through mixed cedar hemlock forest surround the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, and link to the Cooke Creek Foresty Campground. The centre has played an important role in enhancing the number of Chinook salmon in the Shuswap River, and provides educational programs. ACCESS: Turn east in downtown Enderby (follow signs to Mabel Lake), cross the Shuswap River Bridge onto Mabel Lake Rd. Continue on the Mabel Lake Rd for 25km and watch for the sign on your right just after the Cooke Creek Recreation Site. www.KingfisherCentre.com
BIRDING HOT SPOT...
Kingfisher Interpretive Trails Golden & Bald Eagles Osprey Great Grey Owl
Enderby & Area
#71 ENDERBY CLIFFS TPLAQUIN TRAIL, Darren Robinson Photo
76. M.V. Beattie Greenway
77. Mount Rose-Swanson
NOTE: Equestrian riders, there is limited parking at the trailhead for trailers.
DISTANCE: 500 m+ DURATION: 15 min. +
DISTANCE: 4 - 8 km (round trip) DURATION: 1.5 - 3+ hours (round trip)
DETAILED TRAIL INFO: Named after Rose Swanson, the daughter of Catherine and Augustus Shubert, famous Overlanders who homesteaded in the area in 1862. Mt. Swanson is accessed from the trail heading south from the right/west entrance of the parking area, and Mt. Rose is accessed from the trail on the left/east side. The two trails join to make a large loop, with two alternate side loops off each creating options for extended trips. More information available in the Vernon Outdoor Club’s Hiking Guide. A trail map is posted at the trailhead and each junction.
The new MV Beattie Greenway and wetland pond greenway add an NEW! important link in the growing network of paths throughout Enderby. The greenway is a joint project of the City of Enderby and students of School District 83 built in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance. It is part of the City’s vision to weaving walking and cycling throughout the community. The result is the town of Enderby is quickly becoming a destination for cycling and walking, including parallel paths along key streets, little connector paths, and the Jim Watt Heritage River Walk. Watch for new connections as the town develops its Active Transportation plan. ACCESS: From the Southwest, access off Salmon Arm Drive just north of Norleen Lane. From the North, access west off Hwy. 97A from the Howard Johnson parking lot across from Sutherlands Grocery.
A variety of forested trails loop to several smaller summits and rock bluffs overlooking the Spallumcheen Valley above Armstrong. ACCESS: Heading south on Hwy 97 at Armstrong, take the Pleasant Valley Blvd entrance into town, then take the first right hand turn across the tracks, the second left turn onto Wood Ave and continue up the hill and across the tracks where the road becomes the Salmon River Road. Continue west on Salmon River Road out of Armstrong for about 4km traveling through three right angle turns before you come to Hallam Rd., where you turn left, continuing for approx 2km through two more right hand turns and winding road. As the road heads into the next corner look for Chamberlain Road heading south on your left. Watch for traffic as you make the sharp turn back onto Chamberlain continuing south along the now gravel road around a right angle bend for approx 2km staying left at the fork. The parking area is on the left a few hundred metres further on.
#74 JIM WATT HERITAGE RIVER WALK
Float the Shuswap River One of Enderby’s most popular leisure activities! SPRING/EARLY SUMMER TUBE FLOAT TIMES: 30 min - 3.5 hrs MID-SUMMER/FALL TUBE FLOAT TIMES: 1hr - 6 hrs Tubefloating, kayaking or canoeing the Shuswap River is a very popular activity. However, it also poses certain dangers. Educate yourself about safe practices and how to spot potential hazards. Be aware of your situation while on the water at all times. Ensure a fun-filled and safe experience on the Shuswap River. For maps, details and information visit: www.EnderbyChamber.com/tourism/tubing.htm
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79. Cinnemousun Narrows Provincial Park
78. Caribou Lake Trail DISTANCE: 1.2 km (one way) DURATION: 0.5 hours This short 1.2 km trail leads to a pristine subalpine mountain lake with good fishing and a user maintained Recreation Site. ACCESS: Take Hwy 1 approx 16km east of Sicamous to the Malakwa Loop Rd. Turn right/south and then immediately right on Oxbow Frontage Rd. Take the first left onto Yard Creek Loop Rd and go 2.5km to the end where the Yard Creek Forest Service Rd begins. Take this road for 10.6km to a junction. Take the left turn and stay on the main road for another 14.4km. The Forest Service Rd can be
very rough. 4wd with high suspension is recommended.
DISTANCE: 1.5 km DURATION: 0.5 hours + (round trip) Situated where the four arms of Shuswap Lake meet, this marine access only park has a camping area and beach area. A popular area in the summer. On the south side of the narrows, Haven Point is an easy 1.5km walk with good views both of Seymour and Anstey Arms. On the north side, Brock Point trail goes around the lake and past a lighthouse. WATER ACCESS ONLY.
80. Crazy Creek Waterfalls DURATION: 30 Minutes +
This hike offers a 73m suspension bridge 26m above the falls, with excellent views of waterfalls, unique deep water polished rock funnels, wild flowers, ferns and mosses. Includes interpretive signs for the historic village of Taft.
ACCESS: Approx 31km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1. Parking area is on the east side of the bridge over Crazy Creek. Admission fee.
81. Cummins Lake DISTANCE: 1.0 km (one way) This short 1 km trail leads to a remote sub alpine lake with fishing and a user maintained Recreation Site. ACCESS: Take Hwy 1 approx 16km east from Sicamous to the Malakwa Loop Rd. Turn south and then immediately right on Oxbow Frontage Rd. Take the first left onto Yard Creek Loop Rd and go 2.5km to the end where the Yard Creek Forest Service Rd begins. Take this road for 10.6km to a junction. Stay to the right and continue for another 5.8km to the Cummins Lake Forest Service campsite sign. Park at the sign, the trail is to the right. Do not attempt to drive to the lake after the sign as the final 1 km has severe ruts.
Sicamous & Area
#100, OVERLOOOKING MARA & SHUSWAP LAKES FROM THE SICAMOUS LOOKOUT.
82. Eagle Pass Mountain DISTANCE: 6 km (one-way) DURATION: 2.5 Hours (one-way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 390475E 5656609N The trail contours east around the south slopes of the mountain, climbing quickly up into alpine. Continue to follow the obvious line toward the summit. The final climb to the remains of the old Dominion Fire Lookout is steep and narrow. Route finding increases with lingering snow. A second rigorous 1 hour return trail via Twin Lakes branches left at the bridge just above the tree line. Steep cliffs. Best in mid-summer to avoid snow and/or wet conditions. ACCESS: Travel 29km east from Sicamous on Hwy 1. Approx. 1.9km past the Perry river Bridge, turn left (north) off Hwy 1 onto Crazy Creek Forest Service Rd. Set your odometer. Stay left at approx 4.5km (go uphill here, not down). Stay right at 5.2km (do not take the 6530 Rd). Stay left at 6.2km (new logging road on right going downhill). Stay right at 6.9km (do not take Branch 100). Stay right at 7.5km (do not take Branch 200). Go over first bridge at 8.1km. Stay right at 8.3km (stay level, don’t go uphill, do not take the 6700 Rd). Go over second bridge at 8.4km. Turn left at 8.7km where you will see a sign: Eagle Pass Mt Hiking Trail 5km. Drive to the trailhead at the end of the road (approx. 14km from Hwy 1). A 4wd may be necessary at this point as the road is rough. Look for trailhead sign. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.
83. Eagle River Nature Park
85. Hunakwa Lake Trail
DISTANCE: 6 km (various) DURATION: Various
DISTANCE: 1.5 km (one way)
A series of loop trails explore the old growth cedar and hemlock NEW! forest along the Eagle River. Now upgraded to include new board walk, foot bridge and series of 21 interpretive signs. Look for salmon running up Yard Creek at the east end of the trails in September. Link these trails with a visit to the trails on the south side of the Highway at Yard Creek Park (trail #103, pg 38).
At the north end of Anstey Arm there are two creeks – the trail begins by the creek on the left. A small marker sign is at the trailhead on the west corner of the bay outside of the park. A 1.5 km trail up to Hunakwa Lake through interesting old growth cedars and cottonwoods. Good fishing. WATER ACCESS ONLY.
ACCESS: Travel approx 13km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 to the west end of the 4-lane section near Malakwa. Turn left onto the north frontage road and drive for approx 300 meters parallel to the highway before turning right into an old gravel pit. The parking area is near the entrance sign and trail map.
84. Gorge Creek Loop Trail DISTANCE: 2 km (round-trip) DURATION: 45 minutes (round trip) THE TRAIL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to public safety concerns. Unsafe bridges and walkways, along with the hazard of crossing the Trans Canada Highway on foot to access the trail are the main reasons for the closure. We endeavour to address these safety concerns and reopen the trail in the future.
ANSTEY RANGE BACK-COUNTRY, 4th CREEK
WILDFLOWER HOT SPOT...
Eagle Pass Mountain July to September: Alpine meadow flower succession starting with Avalanche Lillies through to Asters.
THE GORGE BACK-COUNTRY SKI AREA, NORTH QUEEST
86. Hyde Mountain Lookout
Sicamous & Area
DISTANCE: 8.4 km (one way from wharf) DURATION: 2.5 hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 358971E 5632987N F orest hike to east Larch Hills from Sicamous with spectacular views of south Mara Lake above Hyde Mountain. ACCESS: Park at the Visitors Information Centre or Wharf in Sicamous. Walk or cycle west 1km along north side of Sicamous Narrows Bridge to the “Welcome to Sicamous” sign. Turn south (left) off the highway at the sign. Follow the 2 wheel drive accessible Forest Service Road 400m to the obvious trailhead sign on the right. NOTE: For those driving to the trailhead, please drive out to the Shuswap Lake rest stop 3km west of the turn. Turn around here and drive back to the Forest Service Road. There is no turn lane and it is a dangerous spot to turn left/south off Hwy 1 (double yellow line). Park in the designated area only. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: From the trailhead the first 3.6km are uphill, but don’t despair. A remarkable series of 33 switchbacks makes this a pleasant forest stroll – and a rigorous but doable mountain bike ride – through a beautiful mixed cedar and hemlock forest. The rush of the highway quickly fades away after the first switchback. And the carefully thought out dips and twists slow things down so cyclists and hikers can share the trail.
From the junction with 112 Forest Service Rd, the lookout track narrows and becomes more intimate as it curves back into the forest. This track is shared with motorized recreational users, so be sure to watch for other riders. Stay right ahead on the main track to the end and find a foot trail down into the bushes ahead. A short, rough trail brings you to the edge of the high metamorphic rock cliffs typical of the Shuswap with inspiring views over Mara Lake and the North Okanagan Valley. Follow this trail to the right/west for another 800m to two more viewpoints, the second being the turn around point and a well deserved break. Return the way you came.
#85 HUNAKWA LAKE TRAIL
Bear country. Watch for vehicles on Forestry roads and ATV track. Stay back from steep, dangerous cliff edges.
#102 SOLSQUA-CAMBIE ROAD, Darren Robinson Photo
#94 NORTH FORK WILD
Watch for orange blaze markers on trees ahead to mark the way. At approx 3.5km, a post marks a short side spur to a forest rest stop and views over Sicamous. At 4km the trail emerges from the trees and up through thick thimble berry bushes onto the eastern most end of the 112 Forest Service Road. This is the Sicamous end of the Larch Hills Traverse. Watch for bears in the summer. Head south (left from sign post) down the 112 Forest Service Road. The road makes for pleasant walking after the previous forest climb. A chance to breath deep and pick up some speed. Watch for vehicles. Stay straight ahead at the next road junction, and straight again at the junction following that. The road emerges into recent cut blocks with the accompanying sense of new space, and begins to climb. At the top of the rise, watch for the next route post at the junction with the Larch Hills Traverse (trail #89, pg 35) through route. Turn left/east here onto the side spur forestry track.
ANSTEY RANGE BACK-COUNTRY, 3rd PEAK
DISTANCE: 7.5 km (one way) DURATION: 7+ hours (round trip) This is a full day backpack with abundant options for exploring in the Alpine. The trail also links with the Greenbush Lake trail to the east, and overnight options from the alpine linking south to Tsuius Mountain and the Sawtooth Range. ACCESS: Turn south off Hwy 1 onto the Three Valley/Mabel Lake Forest Service Road just west of the rest stop on the south bend of Three Valley Lake (approx. 47km east of Sicamous). Drive 4.3km (watching for forestry traffic) and just past Frog Falls Rec site turn left/east onto the Three Valley/ Mabel/South Pass Forest Service Road. Reset your odometer to 0km here. At 5km stay right, and at 10km continue forward on the main Forestry Road (past the road on left). At 10.4km stay left past road on right, cross bridge and at 12.3km park and look for the trail on the right side of the road (look for a trailhead sign mounted high atop of a stripped tree trunk on the side of the road, and a gap in the willows usually marked with some flagging.) DETAILED TRAIL INFO: For the most part the trail is clear and easy to see, but lingering snow and vegetation may obscure the trail at certain times of the year. Initially, the trail follows the creek, then crosses and continues along a tight valley bottom with willow and avalanche slopes on both sides. (Plus lots of bear sign, so make noise!) Hike past a little lake still following the tight valley bottom. Just past the lake, watch for a junction in the trail where you turn right for Joss Mountain. (The faint trail that continues straight connects to Greenbush Lake and the headwaters of the Shuswap River). Taking the clearer right trail, begin to climb and traverse the west slope. The trail finally levels on a bench amongst open forest. Watch for another fork in the trail and take the right trail, climbing up and breaking out of the forest into the sub-alpine. At the first open area below a cliff face the trail climbs up to the right (north). Watch for intermittent signs of the trail and rock cairns climbing steadily up into the meadows and talus slopes beyond. On a clear day, the summit is obvious to the north as the trail weaves its way upward. Eventually, the old Dominion Forestry Lookout (recently rebuilt) becomes evident at the summit, along with lengths of old wire along the way that used to link the lookout by telegraph to a lower relay cabin.
Return the way you came, or create your own extended alpine circuit exploring the ridgelines to the west. The Tsuius Mountain route heads south from the open alpine near the larger tarns. Route finding and experience with alpine mountain travel is necessary. Access is via steep forestry roads. 4wd recommended. This is a serious alpine backcountry hike requiring experience in wilderness preparation, travel, and navigation. Grizzly country.
88. Kay Falls DURATION: 10 minutes (one way) Look for the trail on the right/east side of the falls. The rough trail leads up to a viewpoint at the base of the falls. ACCESS: 36.4km east of Sicamous on Hwy. 1. Park on the south/eastbound lane side of the highway immediately after the bridge. The falls are visible from the highway.
Crossing Hwy. 1 is dangerous. Park well off the highway.
89. Larch Hills Traverse -Sicamous Trailhead DISTANCE: 38km (East Traverse trailhead to Salmon Arm); 4km (trailhead to Sicamous Forest Viewpoint); 7.4km (trailhead to Hyde Mtn. Lookout); Visitor Centre Parking area to trailhead: 2km DURATION: Various: 1 hour (one-way to Sicamous Forest Viewpoint), 2.5 hours (one-way to Hyde Mtn. Viewpoint), 8 - 12 hours (one-way by cycle or ski to Salmon Arm). TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 358586E 5632937N
This is the Sicamous trailhead of the epic cross-country highland trail linking Salmon Arm and Sicamous over the Larch Hills. Mountain bikers usually travel the traverse west to east, but the journey is rewarding in either direction. See the Salmon Arm section for a description of the full Larch Hills Traverse (trail #7, pg 11), and the Hyde Mtn. Lookout Trail (trail #86, pg 34). EAST TRAILHEAD (SICAMOUS): Due to limited parking at the trailhead, please park at the Houseboat Kiosk Visitors Information Centre or Wharf in Sicamous. Walk or cycle west along north side of Sicamous Narrows Bridge along Hwy 1 to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to Sicamousâ&#x20AC;? sign 1 km from the Sicamous Narrows bridge. Turn carefully south (left) off the highway at the sign. Follow the 2 wheel drive accessible Forest Service Road 400m to the obvious trailhead sign on the right.
Sicamous & Area
87. Joss Mountain Pass
NOTE: For those driving to the trailhead, please drive out to the Shuswap Lake rest stop 3km west of the turn. Turn around here and drive back to the Forest Service Road. There is no turn lane and it is a dangerous spot to turn left/south off Hwy 1 (double yellow line). Park in the designated area only. ALTERNATE ACCESS: See Larch Hills West and South Trailhead information (trail #7, pg 11) in the Salmon Arm section. Wilderness Trail. This is not for the faint of heart. Careful preparation, adequate food, water, gear, and knowledge of backcountry travel and navigation are essential. Plan accordingly.
#91 MALAKWA SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Sicamous & Area
#87 JOSS MOUNTAIN PASS
90. The Lizard DURATION: 2.5+ hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 361539E 5630576N The Lizard Mountain Bike trail starts with a series of switchbacks climbing the hillside east of the parking lot. At the first junction turn left at the signs and ride until you meet the old forestry road. Turn right onto the road and continue climbing. You will pass hiking trail on your right, then come to a bench with views down into the steep canyon and impressive rocky walls over Sicamous Creek. The Lizard continues along this road connecting back to Sicamous at MacLean-McPherson Rd. Loop back through Sicamous to the trailhead, or tailor an out and back returning the way you came. ACCESS: Travel approx 3.6km south from Sicamous on Hwy 97A along the east side of Mara Lake. Turn left onto Two Mile Rd and go 400m to the parking lot on the right. A sign with a map is posted at the parking area. The mountain bike trailhead is the first on the left as you enter the parking area. Steep, dangerous drops above
canyon. Stay on trail.
91. Malakwa Suspension Bridge DISTANCE: Various (one way) DURATION: 0.25 - 1 Hr (road loop) This unique and historic swinging foot bridge spans the Eagle River. Originally built in 1915 by local farmers to connect their farms to the community and school on the other side. Rebuilt by the Dept. of Highways in 1940. ACCESS: Travel 17km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 and turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd just past the Malakwa CafĂŠ. Follow this road for approx 1.5km until it meets the railroad tracks. Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd and cross
the tracks. Continue straight ahead on the Malakwa Suspension Bridge Rd for approx. 100m to the end where there is a sign and a small parking area. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: From the parking area, cross the swinging bridge and create a 4km loop walk of country roads by continuing north on Warner Rd for approx 1km past the river and Malakwa Beach Rd. At the T-junction with Mizon Rd turn left/south and travel approx. 2km to meet again with Sommerville-Husted Rd. Turn left/east and proceed approx 800m over another bridge into the village (tracks on your right). Watch for the junction with Malakwa Suspension Bridge Rd. on your left back to the parking area.
92. Mara Mountain (Owlhead) Lookout DISTANCE: 8.2 km (one way) DURATION: 2.5 hours (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 370818E 5632367N A full day hike in alpine/subalpine terrain. This 8.2km trail leads to a Forest Lookout Tower and features rugged mountain bluffs, alpine meadows, spectacular views of Mabel and Shuswap Lakes as well as the Monashee Mountains. Additional hiking and exploring is possible in the Mara Meadows.
ACCESS: At the east end of Sicamous on Hwy. 1, turn right onto McLean-McPherson Rd, and go to its end where the Owlhead Forest Service Rd starts. Drive to just before the 17km marker where a sign (not highly visible) on the right/south side indicates the trailhead. There has been very active logging use of the road and so a sign at km 0 may indicate a temporary road closure. 2-way radio use is recommended. Contact the Ministry of Forests for road updates. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry and active Grizzly habitat.
93. Marble Point Trail DISTANCE: 1.0 km (one way) DURATION: 0.5 Hour Unusual marble/limestone outcroppings, set in a lush, mossy forest. WATER ACCESS ONLY: Midway between Sicamous and Cinnemousun Narrows on the east side of Shuswap Lake, linking the north and south camping areas. Trailhead just inside the trees.
DETAILED TRAIL INFO: The hiking trail passes an old cabin then continues climbing up into the sub-alpine and the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chalet approx 1.5 hr from the trailhead. Some route finding is required when you meet up with the ATV tracks. An alternate road at the 15km marker (old Forestry Station) provides access to a shorter hike, but by-passes the chalet. Beyond the chalet are multiple options to explore the meadows. The main route continues up to the Mara Mountain summit and old Forestry Lookout. This facility is now maintained by the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre. #87 JOSS MTN PASS, Jim Cooperman Photo
DISTANCE: 2+ km (various possible routes) DURATION: 1 + hour TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 371041E 5639450N
A 21 hectare conservation park adjacent to the Perry River in the NEW! East Shuswap. The park is a legacy gift entrusted to the CSRD by Peter Jennings to ensure its natural values are conserved for generations to come. It rests within the edge of the interior wet belt, an inland rainforest where unique and often vulnerable plant and animal communities are found. In Peter’s own words the property is a “minor marvel”, home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. A network of natural trails and boardwalk weave through the property and are blazed for winter snowshoeing. Watch for new additions to the trail system. Peter continues to live on the property as part of a Life Estate agreement with the Regional District.
the Old Sicamous Hwy Rd. The paved road eventually turns to dirt and traverses through forest above the CP Rail line and Shuswap Lake. At approx 3.6km find a trail sign where the road turns into a hike/bike trail. This trail continues along the old hwy. bed for another approx 3km, with several lovely viewpoints to stop and admire the lake. The trail ends where it meets with Hwy 1. Return the way you came. ALTERNATE ACCESS: On Hwy 1, approx 600m west of the bridge across Sicamous Narrows, turn north onto the Old Sicamous Hwy. Paved road turns to dirt, with the trailhead approx 3.6km up the road. NOTE: there is very little room for parking at this point. For the full 6.3km trip it is recommended to park and start from the Sicamous Visitor Centre. Use extreme care when entering or exiting Hwy. 1
96. Queest Mountain DISTANCE: Various DURATION: 2 + Hours (one-way)
ACCESS: Travel approx. 28km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 and turn left/north on Avoca Road (just east of the Perry River bridge). Another 500m up Avoca Road, turn left onto the Perry River Forest Service Road and drive another 800m to the trailhead parking area on your right (east side of the forestry road). In the winter, if the forestry road is unplowed, park at its junction on Avoca Road and start from here, using the forestry road for access to the trails.
Superb views, alpine meadows, avalanche slopes, wildflowers, and Forest Service camp site. Full day or overnight stay. See descriptions below for good parking locations to start your journey. Once up to South Queest Rec Site and Forestry tower, the track through the alpine can be followed to North Queest summit with plenty to explore. But be prepared, this is remote alpine wilderness requiring experience, preparation, and navigation skills.
Watch for other traffic on the Forestry Road. Off trail exploration should only be done by experienced wilderness snowshoers. Stay away from steep cliff ledges above Perry River.
ACCESS FROM SICAMOUS: On Hwy 1, just east of the Hwy 97A junction, turn north onto the Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. Cross the bridge and railroad tracks and continue right on Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. 400m, turn left/north up the #1800 Queest Mountain Forest Service Rd. Stay on this main road until just past the 14km marker where there is a parking area and trail map to the right. (A good place for cross country Mountain Bikers to start.) The Snowmobile Club’s chalet is approx 12km from this point. The road to the old forest lookout is deactivated but accessible to 4WD vehicles. There is also a logging road at the 17km marker on the #1800 Forest Service Rd that accesses the area.
95. Old Sicamous Highway DISTANCE: 6.3 km (one way) DURATION: 1.5 hrs (one way) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 355866E 5631327N Easy level trail follows the old, historic highway for approx. 6 km until it meets the existing Hwy 1. Cool shade, excellent views of Shuswap Lake, wildflowers and birds. DETAILED TRAIL INFO: From the Sicamous Visitor Centre and Wharf parking lot, travel west on Hwy 1 across the pedestrian walk on the north side of the Narrows bridge. Proceed approx 600m and turn right/north onto
ACCESS FROM MALAKWA: Travel 17km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 and turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd just past the Malakwa Café. Follow this road for approx. 1.5km until it meets the railroad tracks. Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd, crossing the tracks and curving right, then left across the Eagle River bridge. Continue straight onto the
deactivated Queest Mountain Forest Service Rd directly ahead (Mizon Rd is on the right.) Driving a 4WD vehicle with good clearance, follow the road to the right, staying on the main road for 10.5km straight through the next two junctions. (The landing at this point is a good place to park.) There is a road to the right, but hikers should go straight ahead. Very shortly, a branch goes left. You want to stay on the old track to the right, climbing up past an obvious slide area. At the ridge saddle, follow the track left toward the communication towers and to the Queest Recreation site.
Sicamous & Area
94. North Fork Wild
These logging roads can be rough and may be actively used by logging trucks. Be well prepared, as this is remote backcountry with grizzly habitat.
97. Riverfront (Alver Holm) Nature Park DURATION: Various, 0.25 min + Several kilometers of pleasant trails near the mouth of the Eagle River. Wonderful river and Shuswap Lake views, giant cottonwood trees, and wildlife. Wet in spring. Travel slowly as the bird life is abundant to those who wait and watch. ACCESS: Access and parking is at the end of Silver Sands Rd in Sicamous. Turn north off Hwy 1 just east of the bridge over Sicamous Narrows (at the Houseboat Info kiosk.)
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98. Sicamous Creek Falls
Sicamous & Area
DISTANCE: 0.5 - 1.5 km (round trip) DURATION: 30 minutes - 1+ hours (round trip) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 361539E 5630576N The scenic path slopes down to the base of the falls on the south side of the parking area and loops along the creek and back up to the parking lot. Hikers can also take the start of the Lizard Mountain Bike trail that starts with a series of switchbacks climbing the hillside east of the parking lot. Stay right at all junctions until you meet the old forestry road, then turn right again, following the road for a few hundred meters to a bench with views down into the steep canyon and impressive rocky walls over Sicamous Creek. Return the way you came. ACCESS: Travel approx. 3.6km south from Sicamous on Hwy 97A along the east side of Mara Lake. Turn left onto Two Mile Rd and go 400m to the parking lot on the right. A sign with a map is posted at the parking area. The 1.5km hike to the canyon viewpoint is the first trail on the left as you enter the parking area. The waterfall trail is directly ahead. Steep, dangerous drops above canyon. Stay on trail.
99. Sicamous Greenways
on Gill Avenue 300m east of the hwy. bridge over Sicamous Narrows, or 450m west of the Houseboat Info Kiosk. Turn right/west down Finlayson to the wharf/ beach parking area.
100. Sicamous Lookout DISTANCE: 1.0 km (one way) DURATION: 0.5 Hours + Outstanding views of the Sicamous Channel, Shuswap Lake, and Mara Lake. Hang gliding ramp, steep cliffs. ACCESS: In Sicamous on Hwy 1, just east of the Hwy 97A junction, turn north onto the Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. Cross the bridge and the railroad tracks, and continue to your right on Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. At 400m turn left up the #1800 Forest Service Rd. Stay on this well travelled road for 6.2km, then turn left onto #1800 - 300 Rd for 1.6km to the lookout. Hike or bike from the bottom or drive all the way. Continue past the lookout for 1km to an old logging road that cuts back and rejoins the #1800 FS Rd. The hang gliding ramp is old. Watch for rotting wood and stay away from the edge. Watch for active logging traffic on the roads.
101. Simm Creek Loop Trail
DISTANCE: 38 km (round trip)
DISTANCE: Various DURATION: Various
Try starting at Finlayson Park, cross Hwy 97 via the pedestrian crossing between the RCMP and Ambulance, head south along the parallel path, east on Kappel, north on Cherry, right on Forest Park to the end then left on Larch back up to Finlayson Park and the four season outdoor excercise stations and trails through the park. Or start from the wharf and head south finding the waterfront walk, pop over to Riverside, then east on Temple right through to the parallel path and then follow the Finlayson Park loop. Check wharf walk links with the Houseboat Info Kiosk, Canoe Launch Park, and the River Front Nature Park via Silver Sands (trail#97, pg 37).
In Sicamous on Hwy 1, just east of the Hwy 97A junction, turn north onto the Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. Cross the bridge and railroad tracks, and continue to your right on Sicamous-Solsqua Rd. In 400m turn left up #1800 FS Rd to the start of the Simm Creek Trail at approx 14 km, where there is a directional sign. Go approx. 7 km and then take the road joining on the right for approx 1.6 km to an old logging landing. Follow the directional arrow to the right to an old rough trail (the sign and trail are not obvious). Take this trail for approx 1 km until it connects to an old logging road at the clear cut. Follow this road for approx 11 km until it joins the #1800 Forest Service Rd near the bottom. An alternate but longer route (approx 55 km) is to take the Simm Creek Trail all the way to Malakwa and then follow Hwy 1 back to Sicamous. Check at the Visitor Info Centre for trail updates. www.SicamousChamber.bc.ca
ACCESS: Finlayson Park - head 500m south from the lights on Hwy 1, then turn east onto the frontage road and the park (look for the red caboose). Sicamous Wharf - turn south
ACCESS: Ride from Sicamous (park at the Visitor Centre/Wharf parking lot) following the directions above, or shuttle #1800 FS Road and park at the 14 km junction.
Sicamous’s greenway connections continue to grow. The new 750m NEW! parallel path through the trees along the west side of Hwy 97 makes a nice way to link several in-town walks.
There has been active logging along the lower section of the road. The route may be altered from this description. Be prepared for route finding and potential backtracking. As well, be prepared for backcountry travel. The trail routes are long and steep through wilderness terrain.
102. Solsqua-Cambie Road DISTANCE: 12 km (one way) DURATION: 1 hour This road cycling route follows the Eagle River for 12 km through picturesque farmland. ACCESS: From Sicamous (park at the Visitor’s Information Centre) head east on Hwy 1, just past (east) of the Hwy 97A junction, turn north onto the Solsqua-Sicamous Rd. Stay on this main road for approx 12 km until it rejoins Hwy 1 again. Return the same way rather than along Hwy 1 back to Sicamous as traffic can be very heavy. Watch for traffic as there is a very narrow shoulder and no bicycle path.
103. Yard Creek Park DISTANCE: 1.0+ km (one way) DURATION: 0.5 Hours + Popular day-use area and camp ground, with trails along Yard Creek in either direction through cedar and hemlock forest. Extend your visit to the Yard Creek trails with an exploration of the Eagle River Nature Park (trail 83, pg 33) on the north side of the highway. ACCESS: 15 km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 on the south side of the 4 lane section.
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Additional Trail & Road Info Back Country Horsemen Society of BC
Chase Chamber of Commerce
City of Salmon Arm Parks & Recreation
Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Parks
Enderby Chamber of Commerce
EQ Trail Association
Falkland Chamber of Commerce
Larch Hills Nordic Ski Society
North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
Recreation Sites & Trails (Ministry of Tourism)
Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce
Shuswap Trail Alliance
Sicamous Chamber of Commerce
Skmana Cross Country Ski Club
South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
Other Related Businesses and Organizations Adams River Salmon Society
Cool Running Walking & Fitness, Salmon Arm
Golden Ears Bike Farm - Bike Stand, Chase
John’s Bike Repair, Sicamous
John’s Ski Shack, Larch Hills
Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, Enderby
MBTA of BC
North Shuswap Naturalists Club, Celista
RJ Haney Heritage Village and Museum, Salmon Arm 250-832-5243 Ride Tech - The BIke Shop, Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society
Shuswap Assoc. for Rowing & Paddling
Shuswap Lady Striders
Shuswap Naturalists Club, Salmon Arm Shuswap Outdoors
We’ve got a variety of other guides to help you plan the next phase. Stop in at one of our Visitor Centres to pick up a copy and get in-person advice, or stop by the Shuswap Tourism website at ShuswapTourism.ca to peruse these guides online and download them for future reference.
International Mountain Biking Association
Not quite ready for your Shuswap adventure to end? Neither are we!
Ministry of Forests, Okanagan-Shuswap
Shuswap Bike Club
SHUSWAP VACATION GUIDE Featuring regional highlights, hidden gems, and ideas for every season and taste.
SHUSWAP NORDIC GUIDE Detailed maps for snowshoe and nordic skiing trails.
SHUSWAP NOrth OKANAGAN CYCLING GUIDE A variety of loop and out-and-back road cycling i routes for day trips or overnight. Visit www.ShuswapTourism.ca or one of our visitor centres:
Chase Visitor Centre
400 Shuswap Ave., Chase, BC V0E 1M0 | 250.679.8432 Conveniently located just off the Trans-Canada Highway.
Enderby & District Visitor
702 Railway St., Enderby, BC V0E 1V0 250.838.6727 | Toll-free 877.213.6509 Located in Belvidere Park overlooking the beautiful River and Jim Watt Heritage Shuswap Riverwalk.
Shuswap Search and Rescue
Shuswap Watershed Project
Skookum Cycle & Ski (and Ways2Ride)
Switzmalph Cultural Society
Trailheads Cycle & Ski
SHUSWAP MOTOR TOURING GUIDE
North Shuswap Visitor
Centre 1-3871 Squilax-Anglemont Rd., Scotch Creek Toll Free: 1-888-955-1488 In the heart of Scotch Creek. Open in summer months
Salmon Arm Visitor Centre
20 Hudson Ave. NE, Suite 101, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P2 250.832.2230 | Toll-free 877.725.6667 In the heart of Salmon Arm, beautiful heritage building our Visitor Centre is situated in a referred to as the Old Courthouse.
Sicamous & District Visitor
#3, 446 Main Street, Sicamous, BC V0E 2V0 250.836.3313 | Toll-free 866.205.4055 Conveniently located within the District of Sicamous Civic Centre.
Sicamous Visitor Centre
houseboat kiosk) #101 Silver Sands Road, Sicamous, BC V0E 2V0 250.836.3313 | Toll-free 866.205.4055 Open from May long weekend to September long weekend.
Hit the road for some rev’d up Shuswap tours.
South Shuswap Visitor
1298 Trans Canada Highway, Sorrento, BC V0E 2W0 250.515.2332
Located in the Conkers
Fine British Imports building.
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