BC’s Favorite Sledding Destination
Check out the gorgeous snowmobiling trails Sicamous and surrounding areas have to offer: Owlhead/Mara Mountain
This popular area features a great chalet and varied riding terrain for everyone, from novices to extreme sledders. Its high elevation (over 2, 000 meters) ensures good riding until late spring. Be sure to check out Super Bowl and Video Hill for some serious hill climbing.
It is approximately 21 kilometers to the chalet along well groomed trails. Turn south off the Trans Canada at the Petro Canada and Esso gas stations and turn left immediately at Maclean/MacPherson Rd. Take this road for approximately 0.5 km to the parking area at the start of the Owlhead Forest Service Road. If there is no snow in the valley, it may be necessary to drive to the snow line. Please do not drive over groomed trails!
A connector trail is planned to the Blue Lake area. Access to hunter’s Range is possible from Owlhead, however; do not attempt this unmarked route without consulting with local riders first.
This well established area has a fine chalet and 35 square kilometers of riding country with deep powder and exciting hill climbs. The access trails have wonderful views of the Eagle Valley and the Shuswap and Mara Lakes. Elevation is over 2,000 meters allowing for good sledding well into spring. Note: The route to North Queest is unmarked and can be difficult. Use caution and consult with a local rider first.
To reach the Queest riding area, turn north off the Trans Canada Hwy onto the Sicamous/Solsqua Road (beside the Abide With Inn). Take this road for approximately 1 km (past the Pole Yard on the right) to the start of the 1800 Forest Service Road on the left. Grooming usually starts at the base unless there is active logging. If there is, and the road is plowed, use the parking lot just after the 14 km marker. (Be sure to use your radio to alert logging truck drivers of your presence) NOTE: An alternate, groomed route, starting at 1.7 km should also be open for use if there is sufficient snow at this elevation.
It is approximately 26 km to the chalet from the start of the 1800 Road.
It is approximately 24 km to the alpine riding area along well groomed trails. Check snow conditions before riding down on to Blue Lake. There is a cabin to warm up and rest. NOTE: Veteran sledders can access Sugarloaf and Owlshead from this area but be sure to go with an experienced local guide.
To reach the start of the Trail, go approximately 17 km east of Sicamous to Malakwa Loop Road (across from the “now closed” Gas/Convience Store). Turn south and then immediately right on Oxbow Frontage Road. The first left is Yard Creek Loop Road. Go to the end (2.5 kim) where the Yard Creek Forestry Road begins. Grooming begins at the parking lot.
This fabulous area is just beginning to be opened up. It offers breathtaking views, lofty peaks and a vast riding area. At present, the access road is being groomed for approx 26 km to near the alpine. There are no marked trails beyond this point. There is plans for a cabin to be built in the future . Be well prepared as the area is rugged and remote. We recommend that you first go with someone that knows the area.
Access starts approximately 29 km east of Sicamous on the Trans Canada Hwy. Turn left (north) just past Beardale Castle. Drive approx 0.5 km through the gravel pit to the start of the East Perry Forest Service Road.
NOTE: The riding area is not shown on the map but the first section of the groomed trail can be seen on the top right hand corner
All these moutain areas can be treacherous. Whenever snowmobiling in a new area, it is wise to check with experienced local riders first regarding snow and weather conditions, routes and potential hazards. If in doubt, or weather conditions are variable, stay on well used trails and riding areas. Be sure to sign in at the chalets and let others know where you are going!
The Eagle Valley Snowmobile Grooming Society provides an exceptional grooming service on all these hills. Trails leading to the chalets and alpine country are groomed at least once a week with state of the art equipment. When visiting the area, you will be requested to purchase a grooming pass to assist in maintaining the equipment and high standard of grooming. The requested contribution will be $20 per day. Grooming passes can be purchased at the trail heads (on weekends) or at numerous local businesses. Visit the Grooming Society’s website at www.sledsicamous.com