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      The Larch Hills Traverse was the first section of the wider Shuswap Trail System to be completed. But is still evolving as new single track trail sections get added, and new loop options are created.

      It’s an epic 40 kilometre highland cross-country romp through the forests, fens, and dramatic lake vistas of the Larch Hills, linking the communities of Salmon Arm and Sicamous, as well as linking into the South Canoe Trail System, the Larch Hills Nordic Trail System, the Shuswap Outdoors backcountry trails, the Rubberhead Mountain Bike Trail system, and the Hyde Mountain Lookout and Sicamous Greenway trail systems. Simply put - its the backbone connecting a whole lot of good trail karma in the Shuswap!

      A series of distinct sections make up the full traverse. Each offers its own unique character to the journey. The trail connects forestry road and singletrack trails through a variety of ecosystems and terrain. Many amazing viewpoints overlooking Shuswap and Mara Lakes are your rewards. Most often traveled from Salmon Arm to Sicamous for mountain bikers, it actually also rides really well in the other direction from Sicamous to Salmon Arm. The Sicamous Switchbacks are a surprisingly rideable uphill grade only averaging 10%, but don't be fooled on the downhill. This section is still one of the hidden wonders of the mountain biking world, with loads of undulations and meanders to make it the cherry on the cake for those riding from west to east.

      Explore three new trail sections added each season between 2014 and 2017, including the 3 km Raspberry Hill section with spectacular new views high over Shuswap lake, the 2+ km Hyde Around section winding through varying forest types, and the most recent 2 km Top-o-the-Sic section that now connects the top of the Switchbacks all the way over to the Raspberry Hill section, eliminating the need to use the 112 Forestry Road. Effectively, the entire east side of the Traverse is now doable all on sweet single track trails. These sections can also be combined with the old 112 Forestry Road to create unique loops of their own for an out-and-back trail experience starting and ending in Sicamous.

      And a fourth section of the traverse was also added in 2017 on the west side, though not fully connected yet. Check out the Around-the-Hill Greenway Loop trail for a very cool destination hike or snowshoe through older growth cedar/hemlock forest, as well as a cool option when connecting through to the Rubberhead trails. Watch for new sections to come, including future additions to this loop trail linking back to Salmon Arm.

      The route is a four season challenge, with variations in the winter where more obvious lines open up under snow cover. It’s doable in a very long day by mountain bikers or nordic ski tourers, but also lends itself well to an overnight, especially for through hikers.

      As mentioned, a series of shorter circuit trips can be linked along the extended route. Together they can be collected over time to build a complete traverse. Parties can also add overnight visits to the Larch Hills Nordic Society’s Main Chalet or Cec’s Cabin. New single track trail sections and overnight shelters are planned for the future, to extend winter and summer touring options for the area. Watch for updates.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Crown Land
      Land Manager: Rec sites and Trails B.C.
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      Region Status
      Caution as of May 24, 2021


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      Total Distance
      19 miles
      Total Descent
      4,877 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,722 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      4,192 ft
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      Photos of Larch Hills Traverse Mountain Bike

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      Videos of Larch Hills Traverse Mountain Bike

      Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
      23:07 | 579 | Jun 14, 2011

      Recent Trail Reports

      Larch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jul 28, 2022 @ 5:15pm
      Jul 28, 2022
      Very DrySweet downhill with awesome berms. Needs...Lakeview4me
      Larch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:38am
      Jun 21, 2022
      Variable Cleared about a dozen fallen trees. Trail...cstromgren
      LHT (Ida View)
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:05am
      Jun 21, 2022
      IdealLarch Hills Traverse trail is in great...puddleracer
      LHT (Ida View)
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:05am
      Jun 21, 2022
      IdealLarch Hills Traverse trail is in great...puddleracer
      Larch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:05am
      Jun 21, 2022
      IdealLarch Hills Traverse trail is in great...puddleracer
      Larch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:05am
      Jun 21, 2022
      IdealLarch Hills Traverse trail is in great...puddleracer
      Larch Hills Traverse (110fsr to the 109fsr)
      May 29, 2022 @ 6:21pm
      May 29, 2022
      Dry Down trees have been clearedgpilling
      Larch Hills Traverse (109fsr to 112fsr)
      May 22, 2022 @ 11:58am
      May 22, 2022
      VariableSome trees downtherev144
      Larch Hills Traverse (112fsr to switch backs)
      May 22, 2022 @ 11:58am
      May 22, 2022
      Larch Hills Traverse (Sicamous switchbacks)
      Jun 30, 2021 @ 8:50pm
      Jun 30, 2021
      Ideal The trail is in excellent condition....BrettMJ

      Activity Feed

      user #1163592GreigEwingriddentrailLarch Hills Traverse (109fsr to 112fsr)
      Aug 6, 2022 @ 8:30pm
      Aug 6, 2022
      user #1747306Lakeview4meaddreportLarch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jul 28, 2022 @ 5:18pm
      Jul 28, 2022
      user #1160563Spricedraperaddphoto in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and 2 more
      Jul 28, 2022 @ 10:40am
      Jul 28, 2022
      user #471019JoeDickupdatetrailLarch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 5:26pm
      Jul 25, 2022
      user #471019JoeDickaddpoiBridge
      Jul 25, 2022 @ 5:55am
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      Recent Comments

      user #177931cstromgrenreportLarch Hills Traverse (Ida View Section)This report is misplaced. From the description...
      Jun 21, 2022 @ 9:40am
      Jun 21, 2022
      user #1124718deadontrailLarch Hills Traverse (Sicamous switchbacks)Friends mentioned this could be fun. The...
      May 1, 2022 @ 4:56pm
      May 1, 2022
      user #1545376BrettMJtrailLarch Hills Traverse (Sicamous switchbacks)Rode up and down. Quite a challenge up- about...
      Jul 2, 2021 @ 8:36am
      Jul 2, 2021
      user #1360366NutrifitreportLarch Hills Traverse (109fsr to 112fsr)Trees down in this one area.
      Jul 18, 2020 @ 7:06am
      Jul 18, 2020
      user #2252412Shanesaw808trailLarch Hills Traverse (Sicamous switchbacks)Rode the first section from the sicamous side...
      Jul 1, 2020 @ 2:56pm
      Jul 1, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      Rubberhead Trail System 20 74.1 km
      Larch Hills Nordic Trails 6 5 24.3 km
      Reinecker Creek Trail System 35.2 km
      Park Hill 29 46.6 km
      South Canoe 18 32 46.7 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1018 miles4,728 ft9 miles2,723 ft
      E-Bike814 miles3,150 ft7 miles1,411 ft
      Hike1119 miles4,879 ft10 miles2,723 ft
      Trail Running1119 miles4,879 ft10 miles2,723 ft
      Horse510 miles1,936 ft4 miles1,060 ft
      Snowshoe22 miles33 ft2,178 ft305 ft
      Backcountry Ski12,792 ft49 ft423 ft125 ft
      Nordic Ski1019 miles4,826 ft10 miles2,723 ft
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