Salmon Arm, most known for house boats, misspent youth and veteran plates has new frontiers lurking in the woods. The gateway to the Monashee Mountains from the burning Okanagan desert, the local hills are a new breeding ground for swoopy singletrack, technical trails and sub alpine epic view scapes. Centrally located 100km from Revelstoke, 100km from Kamloops and 50km from Vernon an area which hosts two of the popular interior Bike Parks - Silver Star and Sun Peaks, Salmon Arm can be the base camp for a diversity of riding.More details inside
,The new batch of local trails are built and maintained mostly by the Shuswap Trail Alliance, who are working to create a system of huts and trails surrounding Shuswap lake. Two areas near Salmon Arm that we rode on this trip include South Canoe and Rubberhead. Another trail we rode, the Larch Hill Traverse, connects these two areas and beyond.South Canoe Trail System
The XC oriented area closest to town is the South Canoe trail
system. This area has some great single track trails for all levels of riders easily accessed by a dirt road climb. Trail Map Here
. This area also hosts hosts the Salty Dog
Mountain Bike Race which is a local cross country event.
Lee on Lumpy
Silver Star, located near Vernon, BC, it is easily accessed by any of the Interior towns for a day trip or part of a larger BC Tour.
An easy scenic 45 minute drive and you're enjoying the lift assisted loam fest of Silver Star Resort
. Hosting 16 runs averaging 1600m vertical drop the trails are accessible to all levels. Although they are rated such that some trails should only be ridden by riders of certain skill levels to keep the trails flowing, prevent conflict and allow riders to progress to those higher ranked trails as their skills improve. I must say I was impressed by the accessibility of the trails at Silver Star.
Silver Star - I'm a Superstar! Not quite a Rockstar!
Larch Hills Traverse
I know we're lame, but it was fun!
The Shuswap Trail Alliance
was established in 2005 to create a hut to hut trail system throughout the region. One part of this system is the Larch Hills Traverse
. A 38km traverse between Sicamous and Salmon Arm that can be done in many variations. We rode from Sicamous to the start of the Rubberhead Trail system. This consisted of 20km of the traverse followed by the road down to the Rubberhead system and single track down to Hwy 99. The traverse includes views of Sicamous, Mara Lake, Shuswap Lake and the rolling terrain connecting them.
There are plans in the works to add 20km of trail to the traverse, cutting out two of the larger logging road sections. As well there is hope to add a single track climb linking from the south canoe trails.NOTE
- We rode from Sicamous to Salmon Arm. It would be less climbing to start at the top of Rubberhead and ride to Sicamous.
Larch Hill Traverse - View of Shuswap Lake
Larch Hill Traverse - Mara Lake in the background
Shuswap View Scapes and Shuswap Lake
Rubberhead Trail System
More Larch Hill Traverse Singletrack
Just East of Salmon Arm is the is the Rubberhead trail system
. This trail network is easily accessed by a logging road. Last fall the Trail Alliance added 7 new sections to the area, and are currently picking away at more. Offering a variety of downhill trails that can be ridden on a cross country bike or your downhill bike. The area is well signed and it should be easy to create a good day of shuttling or optional short climbs to other trails.
From their website
:Access: Travel east of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1 approx 4 km past the Federated Co-op mill. Turn right onto Forest Service Road (FSR) #110 just after a right corner on the highway and an info pullout on the left side of the highway. Follow the 110 Rd. up approx. 2.5 km where there is an old narrow skid road that goes up to the left. Park here. To continue to the trailhead, follow the 110 Rd. up to 8.2 km, and turn right, up the steep hill, and follow this road up to 10.5 km. Look for trail on left through the top of the cut block.
Adrian in his backyard
Sharon on Superman
Check out a video of some of the trails we rode:
Obligatory Trail work pic!
Over view map of the area we rode:
Salmon Arm Mountain Bike Trails at EveryTrail
Now that you know what the area has to offer where are you going to eat?
Check out The Blue Canoe
or the Shuswap Pie Co.
The Barley Station
can also wet your whistle.Bike Shops in town include
In Sicamous check out Moose Mulligans
In Canoe check out Docs Pub
Next time you're thinking of a trip to the Interior, check out Salmon Arm!