The Swakum Mountain allows you to ride fairly early in the year, since it is usually the first that is snow free and dry in spring. Swakum Ridge is for intermediate to advanced bikers, starting off with jumps, and so on, reminding you off what is typical to north shore rides. Parts of the trail are through trees, and you’ll cross the road several times. After the second crossing there are some cut offs, leading you down. The trail ends at the 6 km sign on the road where you came up..
From Merritt, take Hwy #5A (NOT the Coquihalla Hwy) towards Kamloops. Pass the Ministry of Forests building, and immediately after that, take the next road (gravel) left which is not signed (that's the Swakum Mtn. Road). Stay on this road to a culvert, and after the culvert the road is paved. It crosses under the Coquihalla Hwy, turning back to gravel and then starting to climb. Look for signs stating the distance from the highway. At the 11 km sign, you’ll cross a cattle guard and come to a clearing on the right side of the road. A double track trail takes off from there; the bike trail is marked with ribbons.
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Posted By: sredenbach
- Mon Apr 25 03:37:39 UTC 2005
UpsideGreat flow! Some kick ass jumps! DownsideStunts at the start of the trail have been destroyed by fallen trees! They will need alot of work to repair. CommentDirections need a tweak at the end! Should be- Look for signs stating the distance from the highway. At the 10 km sign, you?ll cross a cattle guard and come to a clearing on the left side of the road. A double track trail takes off from there; the bike trail is marked with ribbons.
Posted By: thugboarder
- Mon Jun 07 22:29:47 UTC 2004
Upside2 new road gaps and a step-up jump over the fence have been built. Downsidethe new jumps need to be rode in so they get nice and firm. Commentswakum rocks, these new jumps will challenge most advanced riders.