Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in British Columbia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful!

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike - tough at the get go but gets easier as you trooper on

My most favourite hike ever

hiking
11 days ago

Note to all, the area north of the park has been extensively logged in preparation for a new development. The trail turns into a rough clear cut as soon as you leave the park boundary.

The loop around the lake is as beautiful as always.

hiking
13 days ago

Bit slippy in parts but that’s winter for ya. Lovely view from top

great app.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice little jaunt up. Drove up almost to the tracks in my outback but the road got a bit too bumpy for my low vehicle. Took the road up and the trail down. No visibility as the clouds were moving in. But nice area. Next time I’ll park at the very bottom and make for a longer run.

backpacking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hiking trails of all time. While the first 7 km aren't too special, its all worth it once you reach the basin. Once a silver mine, the basin is a beautiful place to visit, with mountains on either side, waterfalls, fresh water from a glacier lake( which you can go to) as well as a cabin that is open for the public to use and sleep in,( provided you pay the fee of 10$ per person per night- visit the website for more information). This hike is an incredible experience, offering something of interest for all levels of fitness and ages. If you reach the cabin and find that you would like to go further- you can continue along the trail further into the mountains, and visit a glacier lake. I recommend this hike in every sense of the word.

Not sure why my recording got lumped in with this route but here is my review to go with it from two weeks ago...

Went back and hiked the general outer loop of the trail system. I marked waypoints at each trail junction I came to. A lot of these trails aren't marked with numbers. Don't trust the dotted black line on the AllTrails map - it's partially on private property.

There's a beautiful viewpoint along trail EQ22. You can see Sunnybrae and Shuswap Lake from there. as well as the Skimikin valley. But hiking all the way up to Mount Hilliam - THAT is the view! You can see all of the North Shuswap, as well as the mountains across the valley.

There's about 3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Hilliam right now, and about an inch for the rest of the upper trails. Saw fresh bobcat, coyote, rabbit, deer and moose tracks.

I did the loop counter-clockwise. Past the Mt. Hilliam spur and coming down, you encounter a private property gate. The trail goes up over a hill to the right of the gate. I was doing great until I got to the junction for trail EQ30. Don't know how I lost the trail as I was continually checking my map but I did, and I ended up going down a logging road to meet up to Fleming FSR. Not sure if some signage was removed..? In total, my loop was nearly 24 km.

I disagree with the previous rating of "hard" for this trail system. I've done truly "hard" mountain hikes; this one is more "moderate" for sure.

Not sure why my recording got lumped in with this route but here is my review to go with it from two weeks ago...

Went back and hiked the general outer loop of the trail system. I marked waypoints at each trail junction I came to. A lot of these trails aren't marked with numbers. Don't trust the dotted black line on the AllTrails map - it's partially on private property.

There's a beautiful viewpoint along trail EQ22. You can see Sunnybrae and Shuswap Lake from there. as well as the Skimikin valley. But hiking all the way up to Mount Hilliam - THAT is the view! You can see all of the North Shuswap, as well as the mountains across the valley.

There's about 3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Hilliam right now, and about an inch for the rest of the upper trails. Saw fresh bobcat, coyote, rabbit, deer and moose tracks.

I did the loop counter-clockwise. Past the Mt. Hilliam spur and coming down, you encounter a private property gate. The trail goes up over a hill to the right of the gate. I was doing great until I got to the junction for trail EQ30. Don't know how I lost the trail as I was continually checking my map but I did, and I ended up going down a logging road to meet up to Fleming FSR. Not sure if some signage was removed..? In total, my loop was nearly 24 km.

I disagree with the previous rating of "hard" for this trail system. I've done truly "hard" mountain hikes; this one is more "moderate" for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good 10K power walk trail which I do regularly. Would rate it easy rather than moderate. As others have noted, avoid the horse poop. I’ve always found the horse riders polite. Remember it’s their trail and keep dogs calm and under control when the horses pass.

2 months ago

Just a nice little walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Went back and hiked the general outer loop of the trail system. I marked waypoints at each trail junction I came to. A lot of these trails aren't marked with numbers. Don't trust the dotted black line on the AllTrails map - it's partially on private property.

There's a beautiful viewpoint along trail EQ22. You can see Sunnybrae and Shuswap Lake from there. as well as the Skimikin valley. But hiking all the way up to Mount Hilliam - THAT is the view! You can see all of the North Shuswap, as well as the mountains across the valley.

There's about 3 inches of snow at the top of Mt. Hilliam right now, and about an inch for the rest of the upper trails. Saw fresh bobcat, coyote, rabbit, deer and moose tracks.

I did the loop counter-clockwise. Past the Mt. Hilliam spur and coming down, you encounter a private property gate. The trail goes up over a hill to the right of the gate. I was doing great until I got to the junction for trail EQ30. Don't know how I lost the trail as I was continually checking my map but I did, and I ended up going down a logging road to meet up to Fleming FSR. Not sure if some signage was removed..? In total, my loop was nearly 24 km.

Nice area but lots of horse poop. Horses have right of way and riders can be unpleasant towards pedestrians. Will not be returning.

Did some trail running around Skimikin Lake and a little ways up a trail on the mountain. No snow yet but it's in the forecast for tomorrow. I plan to hike this more extensively in a couple of days, so I'll provide an updated recording & distance. My 6.7 km loop barely touched the extensive trail system, which includes 100 km of marked trails, much more than what's showing on AllTrails. If you visit Shuswap Trails online and look up Skimikin Lake in the South Shuswap, they have a detailed PDF map of the trail system.

The mountain trail is wide and a little rocky in spots. This area is noted for its equestrian trails. The area around Skimikin Lake is easy terrain, but the trail is more moderate as you go up the mountain. My route was half trail, half logging road today so based on that, I'm only giving it 4 stars so far.

Skimikin Lake is pretty. There is a nice maintained campground there, along with a horse staging area and mulitple outhouses. You can fish this lake. Skimikin Lake is slightly closer to Salmon Arm than Chase, located on the back road between the two towns (off Skimikin Road).

walking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail that we have walked a number of times but it is now tainted by the fact that someone broke into my vehicle yesterday (Nov 3/18) and stole my wife’s wallet. The lowlife also emptied the change from my ashtray. No windows were broken and the vehicle was locked up afterwards which leads me to believe that it was done with a slim jim (tow-truck driver’s tool).
I should mention that this was at the lot off McKinnon Cr.

Be cautious out there folks. We are seasoned hikers who slipped up and left something of value hidden away and not on our person. Nothing was left in sight. This was the job of someone who probably frequents this location looking to rip off hardworking families. Hopefully this headache doesn’t happen to you.

Loved this trail! Saw so much wildlife and greenery. Very easy trail with beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, just finished it with my Aunty. Super short and mellow with a rewarding view! Good for any level of hiker!

Nice fairly easy loop in the forest. Easy to navigate with lots of options to make longer or shorter. Want to bring the mountain bike next time.

Beautiful hilly grasslands. Surrounded by wild flowers everywhere.

Awesome I’m it’s diversity!

horseback riding
3 months ago

Great area for horseback riding. There are 8 corrals you can reserve and camp overnight. Lake view loop is the first to open up in early spring. The loop up to Cec’s cabin is late spring once the snow leaves. Trails are wide x-ctry trails or single track though forests or logged areas.

Great trail, good cardio if you have average walking speed. also on the way dow have some acceleration definitely not boring, will do it again. Cons: busy trail with a lot dogs and some times people don’t clean up the poop.

Allow three days in and three days out, plus side excursions. This is some of the best hiking in British Columbia. Trails are well maintained, as they are used by equestrian and mountain biking guides/outfitters. This is a wilderness provincial park (South Chilcoltin Mountains). There are several trail heads; but this is the most popular and a good one to start with. Float plane access to Spruce or Warner Lakes is also available, if you have less time, via Tyax Adventures. Services are limited; so you must be self contained for multi-day mountain trecking; unless you sign up for a guided trip with one of the several outfitters that service the park.

Great loop, trail is in great shape and easy to navigate. Beautiful view of Cousen’s Bay! Will be back again for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike ! Parking lot packed. Lots of nice friendly people and lots of dogs. Watch your footing on this one. Beautiful white sand beach to start and majestic ocean scenery and rainforest. Fairly easy hike. Got to love Vancouver Island !

trail running
3 months ago

Easy 3.3 km trail from the Chase Cemetery to Chase Falkland Road (6.6 km out and back). Lots of parking available at the cemetery, which makes it the best end to start at. Nice and wide trail the entire way, with optional side trails like Attila's Lane and Chase Falls, as well as some steep single track trails if you want to add elevation gain to your workout. Beautiful trail for walking/hiking. Trail runners will want to be aware of the moderate amount of embedded rock.

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