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Turner Creek Trail

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 2.6 km (one way)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Duration: 1.5+ Hours (round trip)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Snow Shoeing

Trail Description:

Forest, creek, ponds, and birds on a signature trail connecting McGuire Lake with Little Mountain Park in Salmon Arm. Longer city loops can be linked with the bicycle route north of Hwy. 1, Little Mountain Park, and the Raven Trail via North Broadview.

Begin at McGuire Lake, walk or ride the path around the right/east side of the lake, and then up alongside Shuswap Middle School. Staying right go through the highway underpass, then turn left onto the trail, crossing in front of the Hilltop Inn (formerly the Podollan). The trail climbs winding back and forth along Turner Creek, through dry terrain plants at the bottom gradually giving way to deciduous, fir and cedar at the top. About 1.3 km up the path, it crosses 21st St NE to 6th Ave NE. Follow 6th Ave up a short way until it ends, and the trail begins again on the left in the forest along the creek. Cross the next street (24th Ave NE), to reach Okanagan College and the Recreation Centre. Circle left/north, past the front entrance of the College, around to the east side, and find the trail entering the line of trees near a large pond. Travel through to the southeast corner of this little forest, and cross 5th Ave NE finding the trail a little further up on the other side of the road. Carry on through the forest, following the creek between houses on either side. (Stay on the trail and respect private property). The trail circles around another pond before climbing through a small cedar forest to 30th St SE, where Okanagan St intersects. The west trailhead of Little Mountain Park can be reached from here by crossing 30th St and travelling another block and a half to the end of Okanagan St. Option: Extend your trip with an additional loop on the Little Mountain trails.

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The lower trailhead officially begins at McGuire Lake in downtown Salmon Arm, but you can start at the Salmon Arm wharf parking area for an extended walk, as well. The upper trailhead can be found just north of the Okanagan Ave./30th St junction. But again you can extend your walk by starting at the Little Mountain Park trailheads or at the Field of Dreams Parking lot on 30th St SE. Neighbourhood connector access points can be found along the length of the trail including the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre and Okanagan College on 24th St NE, and at the Highway 1 Underpass between the Podollan Inn and the Salmon Arm Secondary's Jackson Campus on 6th Ave NE. See the map.

Access Map: Google Maps


CAUTION: Watch for cyclists riding downhill on the lower sections.


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