6.8 miles
749 ft
-747 ft
3,606 ft
High Point

A great way to see BC's logging effects from recent to 40+ years since replanted.

The loop is a mixture of old and new FSRs that cross several logged area plantations. Most are used occasionally by ATVs and equestrians. Lidstone Connection section is most spectacular in late Fall when the Larches turn Golden. The trail goes through a young plantation of Larches. One lookout along the way provides a view of Salmon Arm Bay, although after a rain the wet section may be very challenging.

The turn around point is a log shelter built by volunteers in memory of a long time back country skier.
His skiis are still attached as are the names, on miniature skis, of all the builders .

There is a one short section of Lidstone Connection, as it enters the trees, that is very damaged by ATV activity.

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
cjlsmith STAB (Aug 22, 2019 at 22:51)
 A short detour via Townview, Porcupine Alley, Bob Cat and Coyote Caper can avoid the damaged section of Lidstone Connection.
  • + 1
cjlsmith STAB (Sep 6, 2019 at 16:44)
 A dry creek crossing this season, and some debris on the trail - more climbing than the basic trail. Orriginal LH Shelter remains at the turn onto Coyote Caper.

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