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Larch Hills Nordic Trails (4 Season)

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 125 km (various)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: 0.5 - 3+ Hours (various)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing Cross Country Ski

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Aug. 14/2015 - BEAR ATTACK WARNING: on Larch Hills Trails - check out the story here. Remember - let someone know where you're going, travel in groups, make noise, and carry bear spray.

Trail Description:

The region’s premier Nordic ski area provides year round opportunity for recreational trail use. Multiple trail options include visits to old growth forest, an interpretative nature loop surrounding one of the areas many wetland fens, spectacular views over the surrounding valleys on the higher trails, and visits to Tom’s Shelter, South Hub, and the tiny Cec’s Cabin just south of Larch Lake. Several long distance cross country options for cyclists 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 Snowshoe Trails:

The region’s premier Nordic ski area got better. A new network of dedicated snowshoe trails has been signed.  Several loop options from the main chalet parking area explore the intimacy of the forests and glens in winter.  As well, a longer trek up to Cec’s Cabin provides the more intrepid backcountry snowshoer with a worthy out and back day trip. Various options 3 – 8 km.

Additional Information: The trail system is managed by the Larch Hills Nordic Society www.skilarchhills.ca

Trail Map: Larch Hills Nordic, PDF, Larch Hills Non-Winter Trail Map, Larch Hills Snowshoe Map

Trail Stewardship Links: (a little more detail for those engaged or interested in caring for the Larch Hills Trail System)

View the Larch Hills Non-Winter Trail Use Report here.

View the Larch Hills Non-Winter Trail Management Working Priorities here.

View the Larch Hills Non-Winter Trail Use Planning Map here.

Watch for new non-winter trail stiles going up to protect the Upper Violet Provincial Park protected area. To join the volunteer effort contact trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Access:

East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1 turn south on Hwy 97B and drive 8.7 km, and then turn left/east onto Grandview Bench Rd. (Watch for the Larch Hills Nordic sign) After approx. 5.4 km turn left/north onto Edgar Rd. After another 3 km keep left at the junction and travel another 3 km to the Larch Hills ski area parking lot.

Access Map: Google Maps

 

Warnings:

Oct 12 20016 Extreme Danger: Logging is in process adjacent to the Larch Hills Chalet and Stadium Area.  Please use alternate trails or communicate with logging personel before

proceeding.

Logging trucks may be using the Larch Hills Main (access) Road.  Drive with care.

Many of the Larch Hills Trails are multi-use. Watch for ATVs.

  Please avoid soft wet areas until the ground drys. 

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