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Larch Hills Nordic

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 150 km (various)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: 0.5 - 3+ Hours (various)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Horse Trail Snow Shoeing Cross Country Ski

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Dec 10/2017: NEW! West Greenway Loop - a new 6.5 km wilderness, non-track set snowshoe/ski/and summer hike/bike destination trail loop route created as part of the Larch Hills Traverse trail system, is accessible from  the North Hub and Greenway trail in the Larch Hills Nordic Trail system. Check it out here.

 

 

Trail Description:

The region’s premier Nordic ski area provides 150km of trails (over 50 km trackset) and is a great destination for hiking, mountain bikes, and EQ spring thru fall. 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 mountain bikers and backcountry skiers can link routes from the Nordic center. These include connections with Salmon Arm on Metford Forestry Road, Rubberhead Mountain Bike network and 110 Forestry Road, or the Larch Hills Traverse route to Sicamous.

In the winter a network of dedicated snowshoe trails containing 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.

During the summer a beautiful 4km forest hiking loop trough 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. Non-winter trail stiles have been added to protect the Upper Violet Provincial Park protected area.

 

Additional Information: The trail system is managed by the Larch Hills Nordic Society www.skilarchhills.ca in collaboration with Shuswap Outdoors!, summer user groups, BC Parks, and Rec Sites and Trails BC. To join the volunteer team effort contact trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Trail Maps: Geo-Referenced PDFs (open using an app like Avenza for navigation even without cell coverage)

These maps are also on the LHNS Maps page plus additional maps like canine firendly trails and summer use trails.

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:

Logging trucks  during non-winter months 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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