Elevation gain: steep for first 100 m Round trip: 3 km. Time: 1 hour
This walk along part of the historic Kettle Valley Railway leads over a collapsed tunnel to an old trestle bridge. Hikers should use caution when climbing and NOT cross the bridge due to uncertain structure.
Head east on Old Hope-Princeton Way to Hwy #5. Travel east 22 km to Carolin Mines Exit. Turn left onto a dirt road and travel 2 km. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge. Follow the road 1 km and park at the top beside the highway. The trail is located in a small rock fall to the left.
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Posted By: Kmb
- Sun Mar 19 19:40:47 UTC 2017
DownsideHard to find where to park in the snow because the gravel road right before the bridge is covered so we just parked directly next to the highway. The trail is very dangerous in the winter with snow because you can't see where any trail is going up the hill to the flat railway path. There were some blue ribbons along a very steep hillside but they ended after a little while so we had to bushwack up the hill through very deep snow. Crossing over the tunnel on the trail to the left is extremely dangerous in the snow because there isn't much to hold on to and it's very icy. CommentDefinitely will be coming back in the summer.
Posted By: JimyB
- Fri Jun 20 14:26:11 UTC 2014
UpsideNice quick little hike. Nice peek at the past, some historical value to the hike. If you only have time for a short hike and are looking for something worthwhile. DownsideTrail around the collapsed tunnel is shale and loose dirt. Could end up very bad for someone that isn't sure footed or children. CommentCurious as to why the trestles closer to the coast are metal while the ones in the Okanagan are wood. I enjoyed this hike and have and will do it again.
Posted By: darylw
- Tue Sep 03 17:05:38 UTC 2013
UpsideGood quick short hike with nice trestle bridge view. Downsidehard to locate trail from sign post that is missing the sign go up hill to the right to find trail around slide field CommentFrom the north, turn right off the hwy just before the Ladner Creek Bridge park immediately. Steep initial climb about 170 feet to the rail bed then casual walk to tunnel where steep climb over tunnel to bridge just beyond. Watch for falling rock from above.
Posted By: tfisher
- Tue May 03 19:45:53 UTC 2005
Upsidegreat view of the trestle and the rugget terrain that the railway was built through around 1915. i hiked from south to north on sun may 1 2005 Downsidethe deck of the trestle is so badly rotted that it will soon fall into the river. the grade on the west side of ladner creek is very grown in and the removed trestle approx 1/2 km south of the west end of the main bridge is very difficult to get through, would recomend staying to the east side of ladner creek Commentan excellant leg streach if passing through the area.
Posted By: pkevans
- Tue Jun 08 17:58:19 UTC 2004
CommentAbout the tunnel(s): there is only one tunnel. The two portals were just built at different times. When originally constructed (1916) this tunnel was likely lined with timber bracing to protect against the poor quality of rock that the tunnel goes through. Even with the construction of the portals in 1944 and 1949, the bracing would likely have remained between the portals (common practice). In many of the tunnels along the KVR, upon abandonment or in the years following, the bracing was removed allowing the roof to cave in. This has been done to prevent injury/death of people camping/hiking in the tunnels.
Posted By: pkevans
- Tue Jun 08 17:46:00 UTC 2004
UpsideSpectacular view of history with relatively easy access. The highway is barely audible once on the abandoned railgrade. DownsideCrossing the bridge is not for the faint of heart but very satisfying. Note warning above - it is NOT recommended to cross the bridge, but has been done numerous times. The hike over the tunnel is mildly dangerous and not recommended if snow is present. CommentThe railgrade continues (obviously) on the far side of the bridge and is a pleasant downhill (2.2%)walk. There are some very small intact bridges along this route and one bridge that has been removed. Crossing this gap in the grade can be difficult and may require getting dirty. The grade just kind of fades away and you will find yourself above the highway south of the Highway bridge. From here you can hike down the slope to the highway and walk along the highway back to your car. Note: I have unsuccessfully tried doing this hike from south to north, but it is difficult to pick up the grade on this side.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Mon May 24 14:46:47 UTC 2004
UpsideMore history and good views of the Coquihalla Highway - take a close look at the dates on the Tunnels - at first appearance you think it is one tunnel that has collapsed but the dates are different - 1944 and 1949 so the tunnels are blocked because of a rock slide in the middle. DownsideThe last stretch to the trestle - some steep climbing around the caved in tunnels. CommentThere is a short five minute grunt at the start to gain the rail bed and again at the closed tunnels - you will need to go up and around them - some cable in place as handheld but not that dangerous - don't let your kids loose on this section.