Rubberhead Mountain Bike Trail System

 

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: Various (1-4.5 km downhill; 3-8.5 km uphill) plus many variations
Difficulty: More Difficult to Expert Unlimited
Duration: 1-3 + (hours)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Snow Shoeing

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

UPDATED: Dec. 9/2017: Final Boardwalk Completed to New Trails - and loads more blow down cleared ready for winter - Huge huge HUGE thanks to the Shuswap Bike Club, all the volunteers, Rapattack, and STA Trail Crew - over 100s of blowdown trees were removed to reopen trails AND complete the new DD Climb Trail at Rubberhead east of Salmon Arm. And the boardwalk is finished, making the Double D climb trail offically open and rideable. (Watch for final signs to come in January) Here's what the Bike Club has to say: Double D is already running great, connecting from the lower Climb Trail to provide a fun alternative to pedaling the road. The climbs have some challenging technical sections, tight switch-backs, and also some lengthy traverses and quick downs so you don't burn out. Earn your turns! After Double D, do a quick bike push up part of Rubberhead Middle, then traverse over to the 110 via Upper Rubberhead. From there it is a zoom up the road to ge t to Ravine. Watch for logging activity, but the upside is the road is in great shape right now, nicely packed down. Even better is the Ravine trail at the moment. Hero dirt! (Posted by the Shuswap Bike Club - for info visit: www.shuswapbike.com)

And be sure to check out: the lower single track climb trail connecting to the new Double D climb trail at the first forestry road switchback from the lower 2 km parking area. AND the Black Dog cross country trail connecting the lower climb trail from the first switchback back east below the forestry road to Sea Doo.

As mentioned in previous notices: Road users are cautioned to drive/bike with care, yield to industrial traffic and obey all posted work site signs. Crew trucks, graders, tracked equipment, low beds and logging trucks may be encountered at anytime Mon – Fri 5am – 6pm for the next several weeks. The posted road channel for the 110 road system is RR20. Road building and logging crews are aware that this is high public use area. That said, individuals are asked to respect the industrial use/nature of the road as well.

Once again, we thank Canoe Forest Products staff and contractors for their ongoing collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Shuswap Bike Club, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and other trail stewardship organizations - and for their support and extra care reopenning trails and reinstalling trail signs following harvest.

Trail Description:

The Rubberhead started off as a single mountain bike trail that has now expanded to include 18 trail sections. The area offers a variety of downhill mountain bike options for intermediate to advance riders. From steep and rooty to open and flowy, this system has something for everyone. The trail system is looked after by local trail stewards with the Shuswap Bike Club in collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance. Planning of trails in the area is done in consultation with Canoe Forest Products who log the area. Its a strong partnership, so be sure to thank any foresters you might meet on the logging road. And always watch for active logging activities. Its a dynamic and productive harvest area, so things are always changing.  

The best approach is to shuttle (either by vehicle or on bike) from the 2.5km landing area of the 110 Forest Service Road (see access notes below). Here you will find parking and maps of the trail system. (Yes - we know the kiosk sign has a few hunting target holes through it :-) Trailheads range from 4 km to 11 km up the road. Riding up is an option and a great workout, but the road is steep.

NEW Two-Way Trail: Great news! You can now bike on single track trail uphill to the first forestry road switchback from the lower 2 km staging area, and then continue either east below the forestry road on the new Black Dog trail back to Sea Doo, OR cross the forestry road and keep climbing on the new Double D trail. Yay!

Connect to the Larch Hills and the Larch Hills Traverse: The Rubberhead Trail System connects to the Larch Hills trail system and the Larch Hills Traverse. They can be linked into a variety of epic cross-country rides linking over to the South Canoe Trails, as well as the Larch Hills Traverse to Sicamous. Or try the "Bostock Variation" of the Larch Hills Traverse, which is to start in Sicamous and ride the LHT east to west, but ending with a flowy desent through the Rubberhead Trails back to Salmon Arm. Lots of opportunity to get creative!

AND IN THE WINTER: the Rubberhead Trails create a fun series of trails to explore on snowshoes. Blazing helps to mark the routes covered in snow.

New! Geo-Referenced PDF Map

 

Access:

Travel east of Salmon Arm on Hwy. 1 approx. 4km past the Canoe Forest Products mill. Turn right onto Forest Service Road (FSR) #110 just after a right corner on the highway and an info pullout on the left. Follow the 110 FSR up approx. 2.5km where the road widens and an old narrow skid road goes up to the left by the main trail sign. Park here. To continue to the various trailheads, shuttle or pedal the 110 FSR staying on the main road (riding the new uphill trail for the first portion to the first road switchback). Trail posts mark various sections to 8.2km where you turn right, up the steep hill, and follow the road to 10.5km. Look for the trail post on the left at an obvious landing and parking area. This is the uppermost Muffin Top trailhead. Look for the trail through the top of the cut block.

Or alternately - at the 8.2 km junction, stay to the left and watch for the start of the Supermans descent a little ways on your left.

Access Map: Google Maps

Warnings:

Use at own risk. Some sections of trail are steep, difficult, and poorly maintained with limited signage. These trails are designed as freeride downhill mountain bike trails. Hikers should use extreme caution. Watch for forestry vehicles and equipment.