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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1 Review & 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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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 Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
23:07 | 299 | comments: 4 | favs:
Jun 14, 2011
Riding down the Sicamous Section of the Larch Hills Traverse in the Shuswap.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Larchhills Traverse (110fsr to the 109fsr)
Aug 13, 2018 @ 9:39am
Aug 13, 2018
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 Trail Alliance website/ facebook page for details. reporter
Larchhills Traverse (109fsr to 112fsr)
Aug 11, 2018 @ 1:58pm
Aug 11, 2018
Couple of blowdowns but very rideable
Larchhills Traverse (sicamous switchbacks)
Jul 25, 2018 @ 10:23pm
Jul 25, 2018
Some Logs down on the Lower Part of the Switchbacks. Very Bone Dry. The Logging was above the Road before the Switchbacks
Larchhills Traverse (112fsr to switch backs)
Jul 9, 2018 @ 4:47pm
Jul 9, 2018
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Larchhills Traverse (South Canoe to 110fsr)
Jul 2, 2018 @ 10:34am
Jul 2, 2018
Active LOGGING near the halfway point Trail blocked near the halfway point due to active logging. There is a logging road detour that is about 3 kms long. About 15 mins before you can jump back into the single track. Keep straight on the more major logging road as there are a couple spur roads.
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