The trail starts on an old road at the height of the land on the Santa Rosa summit. From here, it winds its way north up a ridgeline towards Mt. Saint Thomas. Starting in a sub-alpine forest, the trail climbs up and down the rolling ridgeline, dipping in and out of the trees. On the high points along the ridge the trees give way to open alpine meadows and rock bluffs. From these areas trail users are treated to spectacular views of Christina Lake to the south and west, and the Kettle River valley to the north and east.
As the trail nears Mt. Saint Thomas, it splits into three: the right fork drops down to the Bonanza Creek parking area. The left fork is the Vertical Smile Trail. The middle fork is the trail that leads to the peak of Mt. Saint Thomas.
To reach the southern end of the trail, start at the bridge in the town of Christina Lake. Head northeast on Highway 3 for 0.2km to Santa Rosa Rd. Turn right onto this good gravel road and follow it for 23.5 km to a cattle guard and road junction. The trailhead is marked with a brown and white 4x4 sign, and is located on the left just after the cattleguard. Park on the shoulder of the road to stay out of the way of traffic. This road is suitable for 2WD vehicles and receives heavy use, so be prepared to meet other vehicles at corners.
The northern end of the trail is harder to find. 4WD is highly recommended. Start at the bridge in the town of Christina Lake, and drive 31 km east of Highway 3 to the Bonanza gravel pit on the right side of the highway. Drive through the gravel pit, and take the first right. Follow this road for 2.0 km to the junction and turn left. Continue for another 1.0 km and take another left. At the next junction at the top of a hill, again stay left. At the next junction, stay right, and continue on the main road. From here, the road gets rougher and has frequent large water bars. Continue on to the last junction and take a right. Follow this road a short distance, and you'll see a 4x4 sign post marking the trailhead. The trail follows old skid trails to the basin below Mt. Saint Thomas before it starts winding its way slowly toward the ridge to the south peak.
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