Kaslo is rapidly becoming a hub for biking enthusiasts. With trails in the area that range from relatively flat to very demanding, Kaslo has something for everyone.
Traveling on trails can sometimes be hazardous including poor road/trail conditions, snow (even in summer), unexpected traffic and poor visibility. Many trails lead into isolated areas so be sure that someone knows where you are and when you expect to return. At all times it is important to:
Be physically fit and carry enough food and water for the trail you are attempting.
Where proper clothing and be prepared for weather changes
Make sure your equipment is in good condition
Carry first aid and emergency/safety equipment
Wear a helmet and carry tools and spares
Ride smart, ride with friends and have a good time!
1. Wagon Road Trail – 20 km one way, easy
Once the supply route from Kaslo to Sandon, this trail is a beginner cross-country, relatively flat, non technical double wide trail that offers fun for the whole family. The trail is accessed
from the top of Zwicky Rd. in Kaslo and extends all the way to Sandon. It can also be accessed from a number of signed locations off Hwy. 31A west of Kaslo.
2. Access Trail – 10 km one way, intermediate
This trail is a single track with many steep & technical sections. Those attempting this trail must be very fit and possess excellent bike handling skills. The trail is accessed from the Brake Check at the top of the climb out of Kaslo towards Lardeau on Hwy. 31.
3. Airport Trails – beginner to intermediate
The Airport Trails are a network of single and double track cross-country trails primarily beginner level with some intermediate. Favorites here are Straight Face, Sleepy Hollow, & Spanish Moss which can be linked into a 9 km loop. To access these trails, follow Hwy 31 south from Kaslo to Balfour Ave. Balfour Ave. becomes Kaslo Rd. West. Follow this road for approximately 2 kms until you see the airport strip on your left.
4. The Monster – 11 km round trip from highway, very challenging
The Monster is an expert downhill mountain bike trail with plenty of steeps, jumps & technical sections. This trail is rated difficult and not for the beginner. To access this trail, take Hwy. 31A west towards New Denver. Turn off at the Mt. Buchanan Access Rd. on the right. Drive or ride to the top of the Buchanan Lookout and access the trail at the south end of the parking area.
5. Pine Ridge Trails, easy to intermediate
From Hwy. 31 just south of Kaslo, follow Pine Ridge Rd. to the top to access these trails. The spectacular views are worth the effort.
6. Back Road – 11 km one way, easy
The Back Road is a nice, rural Kaslo ride that takes you past Lofstedt Farm where vegetables are grown in a bio-dynamic way. To access, head south out of Kaslo on Hwy. 31 and turn right on Balfour Ave. Ascend on Balfour Ave. to Back Road on the left. When you reach Hwy. 31 again, proceed 3 km south to beautiful Fletcher Falls and a small beach on the lake.
7. Kokanee Glacier Road – 22 km one way, easy
From Kaslo proceed 6 km west on Hwy. 31A to the turn off at South Fork. The trail starts here and gently winds its way along the rushing waters of Keen Creek and through old forest groves to the old Joker Mill site.
8. Galena Trail – 14 km one way, easy
Follow Hwy. 31A west from Kaslo to the turn off at Sandon. Turn left towards Sandon and watch for the trail head on your right. The trail follows an old railroad bed above Carpenter Creek. A highlight of the trip is crossing the river on a hand powered cable care, one person and one bike at a time. The trail ends at the entrance to New Denver.
9. Silver Cup – 20 km one way; high alpine, very challenging
This is a historic pack-horse route that was used back in the mining days to supply the mines in the high alpine above Trout Lake. Best accessed July – September. Access this trail from the south end of Trout Lake, 90 km north of Kaslo. You ride through alpine meadows to reach amazing views from Silver Cup Ridge at 6,000 ft.
10. Idaho Peak and Wakefield Trail – 57 km round trip, challenging
Starting from Sandon you climb 3,977 ft. (14 km) on a forestry road to the Idaho Peak Look Out at 7,000 ft. Enjoy breathtaking views west to the Valhalla mountains, glaciers and Slocan Lake. From the upper parking area, Wakefield Trail (18 km) follows a combination of single track, cart tracks and forestry roads back down to the town of Silverton. From Silverton it is an easy 5 km to New Denver. An additional 20 km (1,740 ft. climb) on Hwy. 31A brings you back to Sandon.
11. Jackson Basin – 52 km circle, high alpine, very challenging
To access, drive 30 km west on Hwy. 31A to the Retallack Lodge. From the lodge, follow forestry roads and old mining tracks for 12 km through Jackson Basin to a high alpine pass between Reco and Texas Peaks at7,000 ft.). Follow the tracks for 12 km down the other side to Sandon. From there pick up the abandoned Kaslo and Sandon rail bed out to Payne Bluffs for a single track, 3 km (800 ft) intermediate descent to Three Forks (9 km). From Three Forks, follow Hwy. 31 A east back to Fish and Bear Lakes (5 km) and then 2 km further to Retallack.