Some trails in the Rubberhead Trail System between Canoe and Sicamous are now closed.
The Shuswap Trail Alliance reports that Canoe Forest Products began timber harvesting adjacent to the Muffin Top, Veggie Delight and Meat Grinder trails at Rubberhead on May 16.
“Therefore, effective immediately, the following Rubberhead trails have been signed and closed – Muffin Top, Meat Grinder, Veggie Delight and Tic Shickets down to Upper Rubberhead. Access is being restricted to ensure the safety of the general public as well as harvesting crews. Signs have been placed at each access point for the above trails (7 total).”
The trails, which can be found off Forest Service Road #110, about four kilometres east of the Canoe Forest Products mill, will be closed for a minimum of four weeks.
“Ravine and other trails are not physically affected; however, it is important that people are vigilant when using the 110.000 forestry road system. Road users are cautioned to drive/bike with care, yield to industrial traffic and obey all posted work site signs.”
The trail alliance notes that crew trucks, graders, tracked equipment, low beds and logging trucks may be encountered at any time Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the next several weeks.
“We thank Canoe Forest Products 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 reopening trails and reinstalling trail signs following harvest.”
The trail alliance also asks mountain bikers and hikers to avoid wet or flooded trails. “Wet trails are vulnerable to widening due to folks stepping around the wet area. Best to let them dry up before using.”