Larch Hills Planned New Track Set Trails Report for LHNS E-News #1
Arwen’s Dream – Beginner Trail to be constructed in 2019:
Construction of a track set Beginner Trail ranked second after maintenance of existing trails by over 220 LHNS members who responded to a February 2015 on-line Strategic Planning Questionnaire. In the fall of 2016 field reconnaissance by LHNS Club member, David Bakker and Trail Planning Committee members, using detailed
1-meter contour mapping, identified a possible gentle grade (<7%) route to the South Hub Plateau trails in the area between Larch Hills Road and Gullan’s Gully. See trail location on the Core Area trails map here.
Committee review and field work continued in 2017 with a Proposed New Trail notice to members via a Nov. 25, 2017 E-News summary and map. In 2018 project referrals and discussions with our Larch Hills “neighbours” were done. By September 2018 BC Rec Sites and Trails and Forest Service approvals and a “Occupants Licence to Cut and Remove Timber” were issued with assistance of LHNS member Geoff Lawless, RPF and Forsite Consultants Ltd., Salmon Arm. Work on Arwen’s Dream is due to start this coming spring. John Thielman will do the logging, removal of stumps and installation of culverts. George Jackson’s excavator will be used. Gary Hartling will supervise the project. Tolko Industries will purchase the logs. Arwen’s Dream trail is expected to be ready for all LHNS skiers to enjoy next winter.
Proposed “Dogging It” Trail
The Larch Hills Land Use and Trail Planning Committee has designed an extension to the existing groomed Canine trail through the Private Land south of the Chalet. The new trail will add approximately 1.7 km. to the existing Canine trail. We have tentative agreements in place with the new owner for this new trail as well as proposed ungroomed trails and groomed fun trails. Situated on private land, the usual agency – stakeholder referrals and government licence applications and approvals processes are not required.
A start date for construction is hopeful for 2019 depending upon subdivision approvals and construction resources. Currently Burnpile Road (see map) provides access into the area of the proposed Dogging It trail.
Lidar for Larch Hills Trail Planning:
LHNS has purchased Lidar one-meter contour mapping from the City of Salmon Arm to help with trail planning. Most of the Larch Hills Recreation Area is covered by this mapping. Lidar is an acronym for “light detection and ranging” – see Lidar article here.
Review of Larch Hills Neighbours’ Land Use Plans
“How are the Larch Hills Recreation Area and the interests of LHNS members affected by our neighbours’ Land Use Plans?” Larch Hills Land Use and Trail Planning Committee members are systematically reviewing published Land Use Plans of our neighbours (Agencies and stakeholder) to determine how these plans may affect our planning and recreational interests. Results will be summarized for future reference and updated plans will be reviewed as required.