A wintertime view of Mara Lake from high above at the Hyde Mountain Viewpoint. (Blain Carson photo)

Letter: Winter recreation secret revealed

Better signage, parking needed to access Sicamous viewpoints along Traverse trail

Over the past four years I have made several winter trips up the Sicamous Switchbacks just out of Sicamous, usually packing them in preparation for a Winter Ski Traverse to Salmon Arm.

Each time I go up, I think of the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver and I am amazed that there is so little traffic. I know that winter parking at the bottom of the access road is not easy, but this year it is, because there is so little snow. This year also shows for the first time a set of snowshoe tracks up to the viewpoint.

On Monday I was able to walk all the way up with some post-holing at the very top, but no snow in my boots due to good gaiters.

Related: Ski enthusiast speaks up for Sicamous back country

At the top is another Sicamous asset, the road to the Hyde Mountain Viewpoint over Mara Lake. Unfortunately it is not marked so you have to follow your nose or right now, the ski tracks that go there.

Given recent conditions, there was quite a bit of side stepping and it was a seven-hour trip, so you have to be prepared. Four years ago I did find two college students who were snowshoeing there, but it is not feasible, unless you are prepared for a night out.

Hopefully better signage and parking will make these Sicamous landmarks of more use.


@SalmonArm
barb.brouwer@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Blain Carson

Just Posted

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s Shuswap stops

Annual festive food bank fundraiser rolling into region on Dec. 14

Salmon Arm farmer’s market moved indoors

The last market will take place Dec. 7

Interior Health issues warning about opioid-laced stimulants causing recent overdoses

Interior Health is urging residents using or considering using drugs to reconsider… Continue reading

Salmon Arm RCMP say budget cuts won’t impact service

Police force, facing $10.7-million budget shortfall, says it won’t compromise public safety

Salmon Arm boxer hopes to fund Olympic dream

Supporters show they’re in Jordyn Konrad’s corner

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Okanagan philanthropists treated to moving speech on National Philanthropy Day

David Roche shared his message to the Association of Fundraising Professionals and non-profits

Most Read