The Shuswap has an abundance of shredding opportunities for riders of all tastes and abilities. Here are the main zones. Check Trailforks.com for the best trail mapping and information.
South Canoe is the primary area for xc riding, and home to the Salty Dog Enduro.
There are a couple of twisty, flowy rippers near the bottom of the system, which we call the Malibu Trails. Across the road at the top of Malibu is a network of fantastic intermediate routes that criss-cross up and down through some beautiful sections of forest. Use this area as a ride of its own or as a climb to the higher trails instead of using the road.
The classic Lower Schitzo starts at the radio tower a little higher up. This beauty has a little of everything, a couple drops, a nice booter, and a few spicy rock gardens – all with ride-arounds.
Higher up still are a few blue/black trails that are a little steeper and more technical: Coffee Time, Lumpy and KC. Coffee time is a short string of booters (worth the extra climb!), KC is a loamy masterpiece recently redesigned, and is Lumpy is a local fave full of rocks, steeps, and, well, lumps.
Traditionally this is the shuttle/dh riding area but there has been a lot of recent work putting in some amazing climb trails so you can earn your turns!
The top-to-bottom A line is Muffintop to Meatgrinder to Tricky-dickey, Flumer, Bone-yard. Mostly blue, but Meatgrinder has some bonafide butt-clenchers, especially when moist. The loam is sublime though! Also try out Veggie-Delight which is more of a new-school intermediate version through the same amazing bit of forest.
On the north side of Rubberhead is the ravine section, made up of Upper and Lower Superman, Horesplay, and Killer Lumberjack. Top to bottom this is a screamer of side-hill trail-design awesomeness. Located in tight forest, it is insanely flowy but has some nice natural features to add spice.
Larch Hills Traverse
An all day epic from Salmon Arm to Sicamous this is one to go on your to-do list. Preferably with a houseboat lined up in Sicamous to shuttle you back in with a beer in hand. Failing that, drop a car in Sicamous.
With multiple access points to extend or shorten the ride, be sure to check out the Shuswap Trail Alliance’s comprehensive guide to the trail. It is truly a traverse, touring one through an array of various amazing ecosystems and trail sections. Just make sure you are prepared with lots of water, some food, and bear spray.
The newest XC circuit in the region loops 10 and 20k cross-country circuits along flowing forest trails above Shuswap Lake. The Reinecker Creek trail system is made up of two routes that parallel Reinecker Creek. The West trail is a multi-use trail that sees motorized traffic, and is two to three metres wide and roughly 10km long. The East trail is a non-motorized route that is 0.5 metres wide and 10km long. There are two crossing points (North and South). The South Crossing is about halfway through the East and West trails and the North crossing is at the top end of both trails.Note, however, that Mountain Bikes can only access and exit Herald Park from the Yellow Gate on the east side of Margaret Falls Parking Lot (watch for signs). The Yellow Gate trail has rough washed out steep climb for about 1 k before accessing a much gentler abandoned FSR climb. A shorter 10 km loop is also possible from the South Crossing to the North Crossing by using the Bastion Mt FSRoad access to the Middle Trailhead.