Ride: Trinity Valley Road, Hidden Lake Road

Trinity Valley Road is a scenic back road ride passable on most motorcycles. The road connects Lumby-Mabel Lake Road with Enderby-Mabel Lake Road. The road surface is mostly hard packed gravel (oiled, hard-pan) and fairly smooth (almost like pavement in some sections). The first and last few km are paved. Hidden Lake Road is rougher and is best ridden on a dual sport or adventure bike.

Last Ridden: May 28, 2023 (Trinity Valley Road), 2019 (both)
Province: BC
Region: North Okanagan
Route Type: gravel back road, paved back road, Forest Service Road
Riding Surface: packed gravel (70%), pavement (20%), dirt (10%)
Most Suitable For: Dual Sport, Adventure Bike
Also Suitable For: Street Bike (most, Trinity Valley Road)
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Turn north onto Shuswap Ave at Hwy 6 in Lumby (controlled intersection). Shuswap Ave becomes Lumby-Mabel Lake Road. Turn left onto Trinity Valley Road at about 8.5 km from Hwy 6. The road twists and turns and ascends out of the lower valley and enters Trinity Valley. The pavement ends after a few km. The gravel / dirt section is in pretty good condition; it's fairly smooth and firm most of the way, but there are some sections with potholes (mostly small ones).

The road will be messy if wet. On our last ride we caught the end of a shower resulting in a thin layer of mud on the road and on us and our bikes. Dust control chemicals are used on this road. It took several hours to clean that crap off of our motorcycles; it (calcium chloride?) binds to some types of metals. In particular, it binds to metal fasteners, oil and brake line fittings, bare aluminum and steel, plated steel, starter motor cases, some brackets and levers, etc. I was able to get most of it off, but not all. Maybe there are some chemicals or special cleaners that can be used to dissolve it, otherwise expect a lot of scrubbing (it washes off painted surfaces, finished engine cases and plastic ok). My advice is to avoid this road and some other non-paved roads in the area if they're wet.

The northern portion of the road descends back down to the lower valley where the Shuswap River flows from Mabel Lake. The pavement begins again at about the 39.6 km mark (from Hwy 6 in Lumby) where it intersects with Hidden Lake Road on the right.

Continuing along Trinity Valley Road, which is a winding country paved back road at this point, you pass farms and other rural properties before crossing over the Shuswap River (4.7 km later) and then intersecting with Enderby-Mabel Lake Road (in a further 1.4 km) a bit east of Ashton Creek Store (gas available). Total distance along Trinity Valley Road is about 45.7 km.

Hidden Lake is about 13 km from Trinity Valley Road. Hidden Lake Road (gravel and dirt) starts out smooth, but it can be quite rutted further on as it gains elevation. There is a BC Recreation Site at Hidden Lake with camping (fee) and day use areas. Hidden Lake is a fishing lake.

Watch out for logging trucks on weekdays. Road conditions can vary throughout the year.

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