29.4 miles
Distance
1,920 ft
Climb
-1,528 ft
Descent
02:23:20
Avg time
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Nelson
    , British Columbia
  • AKA
    Burlington Northern Rail Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike Type
    XC, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #58537 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #80170 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner

The Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail provides recreation trail use on the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line from Troup Junction to the Village of Salmo. This trail is designated as a multiple purpose regional trail.
The trail is also part of The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail). The section from Mountain Station to Cottonwood Lake is part of the The Great Trail through route. The entire GN Trail from Troup to Salmo is considered to be a Great Trail spur.

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More Stats for Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail (The Great Trail) multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    392 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,776 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,086 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,784 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,176 ft
  • Grade
    0.252%
  • Grade max
    -41.228%
  • Grade min
    60.842%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    02:23:20
  • Avg reverse time
    01:47:47
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      Nelson Salmo... Trail Reports

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      May 15, 2023 @ 8:37pm
      May 15, 2023
      A number of large down trees across trail close ymir road at cottonwood lake opposite side from closure for bear activity. Will need more then...
      Jul 23, 2022 @ 4:01pm
      Jul 23, 2022
      A washout has taken out 1/2 of the double track just after the 21km mark!
      Oct 23, 2021 @ 4:48pm
      Oct 23, 2021
      The section behind the Apex Nordic Centre is a muddy/rough bit. Some overgrown parts (end of fall though)
      Jul 26, 2021 @ 10:38am
      Jul 26, 2021
      Trail Closed between Hall Creek and Salmo to all motorized use due to extreme wildfire danger
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 2:46pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around. ~9 inch tree directly across the path at km marker 14. Also at km 13 or so, logging...
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