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Kela7scen (Mt. Ida) East

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 3 km one way from North trailhead to summit viewpoint
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Duration: 2 hours one way from North trailhead to summit viewpoint
Trail Access / Features
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Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

Jun 13 2019 - Due to varying weather conditions, this deactivated FSR is in rough shape and is not suitable for cars and SUV's. Short box trucks and lifted vehicles with high clearance might be fine.  There are numerous trail issues including eroded tread (water and motor bikes), dead standing trees, windthrown trees on trail, poor signage, and brushing. No work will be done on this trail until fire danger has decreased.

Trail Description:

The East peak is the longest distance and the most arduous climb, but a true single track mountain trail with spectacular views.

The Kela7scen (Mt. Ida) East Peak Trail is accessed from the Mount Ida 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 steep drop offs on either side of the trail you approach the first viewpoint offering a stunning 360 degree view of Salmon Arm, Salmon River Valley, and Deep Creek area.  If you continue on you will come to a second viewpoint with a stunning view of the Salmon Arm area. To get to the second viewpoint there is a short section with an exposed rock scramble.

 

 

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Access:

To reach the Mount Ida North Trailhead: (Allow 0.5 hours from Salmon Arm) Drive 10km south of Hwy 1 on Hwy 97B to Deep Creek Rd. Follow Deep Creek Rd for approx. 4 km to the Forest Service Rd just before 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 5.5 km, staying on the main road, then park at the small road exiting on the right. Walk (or 4wd drive) this road for approx. 1.3 km and watch for the trailhead on the left. A small parking area is located on the right. NO motorized use allowed on trail. WARNING this is a decommissioned FSRoad with significant water barring. Don't attempt with a low clearance vehicle, 4x4 recommended. 

NOTE: Forest Service Road #825, which was a main access to the "saddle" trailhead for south access to the Kela7scen East Peak trail (entrance near Mt. Ida cemetery) is now closed and gated and can no longer be accessed by the public.

Access Map: Via Deep Creek

Warnings:

East Peak Trail From Noth Trailhead - Exposed scrambling near the summit after first viewpoint.

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