10.7 miles
Distance
5,893 ft
Climb
-88 ft
Descent
1.6 miles
High Point

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Access Road/Trail
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Extreme

This gravel road climbs steeply for about 12.8 kilometers to the summit of Canoe Mountain, the northernmost extremity of the Monashee Range. The road ends at 8,500 feet above sea level, where a telecommunications facility perches on the edge of a precipice. The road may be hiked but there is a possibility of encountering four wheel drive vehicles or ATVs at any point on the route. At about the 10.5 kilometer point, the road traverses a broad, treeless alpine meadow known locally as the "Golf Course". A hike of about 1 hour south from the road leads to the south end of the meadow and across slopes and gullies beyond, to a ravine containing some interesting alpine lakes and waterfalls. A switchback in the road at approximately 11.7 kilometers provides a fine view of the lakes in the ravine far below, and the Cariboo Mountains to the west. From the summit, Kinbasket Lake and the Selwyn range of the Rockies are spread out before you. On clear days, Mount Robson may be clearly seen. The great slash of the Rocky Mountain Trench stretches far to the north. On a few exceptionally clear days of the year, Mount Sir Alexander may be visible in the extreme distance up the Trench. At the summit, a memorial has been constructed to Daniel Cantin, who fell to his death nearby when a snow cornice collapsed under him several years ago.

Like all Valley-to-peak hikes in the area, this route takes you through a succession of different ecosystems, from dry lodgepole pine forest at the bottom, through the dense greenery of a regenerating forest fire area, into brushy subalpine forest with increasing areas of spectacular wildflower meadow. Clumps of small subalpine firs dot the slopes and gullies at the timberline. A variety of dry and wet areas on the "Golf Course" and around the lakes support many different kinds of alpine plants, while at the summit, brave but tiny grasses, lichens, mosses and herbs make a thin carpet over much of the frost-shattered rock and gravel. - Art Carson

Access Info

Travel south from Valemount on Highway 5 for 15.4 Km. Here a metal shed on your left as you travel south marks the foot of the Canoe Mountain Road.

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More Stats for Canoe Mountain Road #1 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude min
    2,589 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,595 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.6 miles
  • Grade
    10.266%
  • Grade max
    -10.228%
  • Grade min
    39.775%
  • Distance climb
    9.5 miles
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    453 ft
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