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North Fork Wild

Sicamous & East Shuswap
Distance: 4+ km, Various posible routes
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: Various (1+ hour)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Snow Shoeing Cross Country Ski Wildlife

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Dec 10/17: Historic Pack Trail Cleared - STA trail crew were able to clear more or the historic 100 year-old pack trail that connects into the north of the park. There's still a lower loop to finish next year, but the 600 metres of remnant trail lures you for a into another spectacular older growth cedar/hemlock forest stand high above the Perry River canyon - a special place to just stand in awe for awhile before returning back to the conservation park trail system. And in the winter, the big snow pack usually means lots of room to explore off-trail in the forest. (A note of caution, however: the old pack trail traverses a section of steep side hill. Care must be taken here to stay on the trail.) (Thanks to: STA, RSTBC, BCRDP Grant, CSRD Parks Area E)

Trail Description:

This is a 21 hectare conservation park adjacent to the Perry River in the 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 interior wet belt, an interior rainforest where unique and often vulnerable plant and aniimal 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 boardwalks originally created by Peter and his long-time friend, Gerald King, have been upgraded and adapted by CSRD Parks working in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance.  The trail system loops through the property linking several unique ecological communities including the moist mossy Riverside Trail along the west bank of Perry River, the quiet and stately old Hemlock Forest Grove loop, the wetland bog bridge over prehistoric skunk cabbage on Sloughs Trail, the dryer South Sloughs trail, and the hillside Lookout connector trails with peak-a-boo views down to Trail 22 and Milburn and Kings creek trails to the Perry River.  You can also explore a short section of the old 1924 Pack Trail north of the park into older growth cedar hemlock forest. ´╗┐All trails are blazed for winter snowshoeing except the old pack trail.

In 2017, Shuswap Trail Alliance trail crews were able to clear more or the historic 100 year-old pack trail that connects into the north of the park. There's still a lower loop to finish, but the 600 metres of remnant trail lures you for a into another spectacular older growth cedar/hemlock forest stand high above the Perry River canyon - a special place to just stand in awe for awhile before returning back to the conservation park trail system. And in the winter, the big snow pack usually means lots of room to explore off-trail in the forest. (A note of caution, however: the old pack trail traverses a section of steep side hill. Care must be taken here to stay on the trail.) (Thanks to the STA, RSTBC, CSRD Parks Area E, and the Ministry of Forest Range and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for the BC Rural Development Program Grant to help with the clearing improvements.)

Because this is a dedicated Conservation Park, please stay on designated trails to minimize erosion to the sensitive forest understory. This is also an important outdoor educational site, visited by school groups. Educators are asked to follow the Parks group management guidelines by having classes break into smaller groups to reduce the group footprint beyond the trailhead area. You can find more educational resources for school groups on the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation's website at www.outdoorlearning.ca. Click through to their School Resources tab for links to the School District 83 Outdoor Learning website that features cirriculum ideas for this and other Shuswap Trail sites.

For the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Parks Website click here

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Access:

Travel approx 28km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1, turn left/north onto Avoca Road (just west of the Perry River Bridge.)  500 m up Avoca road turn left onto the Perry River Forest Service Road and drive another 800m to the trail head parking area on your right. (watch for oncoming traffic) In winter if the FSRoad is unplowed park at the trailhead at the end of Avoca Road and use the forestry road for access.

Warnings:

Watch for other traffic on the Forestry Road. 

Winter off trail exploration should only be attempted by  experienced wilderness snowshoers.

Stay away from steep cliff ledges above the Perry River.

And remember: this is a wilderness wildlife corridor. Watch for bear and cougar.

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