5 miles
36 ft
-101 ft
1,387 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Similkameen Rail Trail
  • Similkameen Trails Society
  • Village of Keremeos
    Land Manager
  • Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
    Land Manager


  • Riding Area
    Keremeos, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Great Northern Rail Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Family Friendly
  • Global Ranking
    #43565 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Similkameen Rail Trail (aka Burlington Northern Rail Trail, Great Northern Railroad) enters Canada at Chopaka in the Similkameen Valley. It has been modified to become a multi-use path and ultimately connects with the KVR in Princeton (no continuous trail to Princeton yet).

In its current form, the trail allows bikers to travel between Keremeos and Cawston with only a small portion on the highway. The western end starts at the Red Bridge. The trail passes through orchards, the town of Keremeos, and comes out on the highway for a short stretch before finishing up through fields leading into Cawston. The section of trail directly west of the road segment is less traveled and a bit overgrown with grass. Cyclists can push through it or jump on to the road by way of an orchard slightly before.


Watch out for poison ivy at the eastern end of the trail out of Keremeos before it reaches the road.

More Stats for Similkameen Rail Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -67 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,321 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,387 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,321 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,180 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Icy
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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