The rail trail network connects the Arrow Slocan north-south up the Slocan Valley to Nakusp and east to Three Forks, then further on to Sandon. These scenic trails showcase incredible only in Arrow Slocan scenery away from highways, through wilderness, past historical sites, next to roaring rivers and through charming communities.
There are many rail trail access points dotted through the region that are ideal for gentle walks, longer hikes or bike rides. Pick your route and distance, then enjoy.
The rail trail has some areas that are currently being remediated. A little planning is required. Out and back routes are also an option for those not wanting to navigate challenges.
From south of the marsh midway between Summit Lake and Rosebery, the trail is clear and passable with only minor wet areas. The trail is passable without issue from Brouse Loop Rd to the Summit Lake, before the marsh at the south end.
If wishing to travel the whole length of the trail in one go, here are the challenges to be aware of:
* There is a washout just outside Nakusp. The parking lot a little out of town at Brouse Loop rd has access to the out of town portion of the trail heading south to Summit Lake. The trail can be travelled within Nakusp as far as the washout.
* At the south end of Summit Lake, the marsh has flooded the rail trail. It is passable, but feet may get wet depending on current water levels. Conditions can change with beaver activity and varying water levels during the summer. To avoid this flooding, trail users can exit the rail trail at the north end of Summit Lake and access the rail trail where it crosses Hwy 6 at the south end of the lake. Work is planned to remediate this section in the fall of 2021.
* Midway between Summit Lake and Slocan Lake is another marsh where the beavers have flooded a 200 meter section of the rail trail. A significant section of the rail trail has washed away and water can be too deep to navigate by any means, foot, bike or quad. A seasonal bypass has been built around this section – completion was expected for late summer 2021.
* About 1/2 km north of Summit Lake, a landowner has blocked access to the section of trail which traverses their property. There is a crude go around to the east their property. Another option is to access the highway north of the barricade, ride on the highway and then access the rail trail again at the north end of Summit Lake.