21 miles
3,551 ft
-5,150 ft
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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  • Route Type
    Point to Point
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section
23:07 | 292 | comments: 4 | favs:
Jun 14, 2011
Riding down the Sicamous Section of the Larch Hills Traverse in the Shuswap.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Larchhills Traverse (sicamous switchbacks)
May 27, 2018 @ 4:37pm
May 27, 2018
Some Wet Spots yet and a log down by the first switchback . The rest of the Sicamous switchback trail is clear. The Logging Activity at the Top on the road has been cleared.
Larchhills Traverse (South Canoe to 110fsr)
May 6, 2018 @ 5:24pm
May 6, 2018
Larch Hills Traverse - Sicamous Section A few Wet Spots near the Trail Head . The Trail is clear of Logs from the Top to the Bottom .
Metford Rd
Mar 10, 2018 @ 10:14am
Mar 10, 2018
Several days since grooming. Firm and grippy (frozen) in the morning. Gets softer the higher you go. Lots of dog & people tracks and a few Fatties. 1 My track for a short distance. reporter
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