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Mount Ida West
Salmon Arm & Area
The West peak takes approx. 30 minutes from the recreation site trail head at the saddle, but can be extended into a longer hike by parking earlier on the access road and walking up through metamorphic boulder fields under the dramatic cliffs of west Mt Ida.
The west peak (trailhead on right by outhouse) is about 30 - 45 minutes to the first viewpoint. Watch for ATV use on this section of trail that was widened as a firebreak during the 1998 fire. A single-track foot trail continues west from the first viewpoint along the cliff edge to a second lookout offering views both north and south.
From the second viewpoint, return the way you came, or follow 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 and your starting point. (This alternate round route will take you up to 2 hours from the saddle.)
West Peak trailhead at the “saddle” (and East Peak south trailhead): (Allow 0.5 hours from Salmon Arm) From downtown Salmon Arm go south on Shuswap Ave which becomes Foothills Rd. After 3.4 km turn left onto the gravel road immediately prior to Mount Ida Cemetery. This becomes Forest Service Rd #825 in a few metres on the right, a deactivated road suitable for 4wd. Follow this road up approx. 7 km, staying on the right at each junction. At approx. 7 km an open landing offers views over the Salmon River Valley. This makes a good parking spot for a longer walk, or go 3.5 km further over rougher terrain to the “saddle” trailhead.
Access Map: Bottom of FSR #825
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Caution! West Peak Trail From Saddle - This area was subject to fires in 2003 and 1998. Both trails are prone to exxcessive blow down along the ridge. Pets must be controlled.
Click on any image to enlarge it.A collection of trail photos taken by the public.