21 miles
Distance
3,551 ft
Climb
-5,150 ft
Descent
4,142 ft
High Point

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 38 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.

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4 Reviews & Comments

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flag kelskn RSTBC (Aug 13, 2018 at 9:45)
 The section of trail between the 109 and 110 Forest Service Roads is closed for timber harvesting, starting August 13, 2018.
The trail is closed 4am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Check the Shuswap cycling club website/ facebook page for details.
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flag kelskn RSTBC (Aug 23, 2018 at 13:06)
 This section of trail is now open. Thanks for your cooperation and enjoy!
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flag kelskn RSTBC (Aug 23, 2018 at 13:07)
 Timber harvesting along the trail is now complete and the trail is open. Thanks for your cooperation and happy trails!
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flag Newbike3 (Nov 7, 2018 at 16:13)
 Beautiful backcountry trip. Been up 3 times now. It's still a little tricky to find the way from the Medford road to Larch Hills road and avoiding to go down to the parking lot. A couple of signs must be missing. I found the Trailforks app vital for route finding in some places. Some trees over the trail where recent logging took place. Wooden bridges were very slippery and dangerous even at snail pace. Did the traverse 4 Nov and daylight is definitely getting shorter. Quite some mud and water in places, but he, it's autumn. Marvelous single trail to Sicamous.
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Larch Hills Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,599 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,463 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,067 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,468 ft
  • Grade
    -1.457%
  • Grade max
    -61.229%
  • Grade min
    36.762%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
23:07 | 311 | comments: 4 | favs:
Jun 14, 2011
Riding down the Sicamous Section of the Larch Hills Traverse in the Shuswap.

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