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.

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.

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).