La Forme Mine Trail

Rating: ? stars.

Use: Hiking, Biking if cleared.

Difficulty: Difficult (due to the state of the trail and the mandatory river crossing).

Distance: 30 km return from the highway to the mine along the old road or 10 km return skipping the road along LaForme Creek  and starting at the river crossing. 

Description: Another old mining road (1950-1960) that is probably way too far gone to actually use. There is also a road that continues beyond the mine into the alpine to the west. Check it out and let me know. This is one of those trails that would be super cool to bike if enough money and time were spent clearing it out. 

Directions: Drive north  of Revelstoke on Highway 23 to the start of the La Forme FSR. Drive 1.5 km on the LaForme FSR and pick up the old road or drive for approx 6 km on the La Forme FSR, bushwhack a short distance down to the river, navigate a river crossing and pick up the faint old mining road. Sound like fun?

Trailhead GPS:

  1. La Forme FSR: N51 12.640 W118 12.199
  2. La Forme trailhead option 1: N51 13.136 W118 11.485
  3. La Forme trailhead option 2: N51 13.076 W118 07.885
  4. La Forme Mine: N51 14.676 W118 07.624

Useful Maps:

La Forme Mine Trail Overview Map PDF

La Forme Mine Trail KML file on Dropbox

The log crossing on La Forme Creek below avalanche path. William Kozlo Collection.
The log crossing on La Forme Creek below avalanche path. William Kozlo Collection.
Overgrown section of the La Forme Road. William Kozlo Collection.
Overgrown section of the La Forme Road. William Kozlo Collection.
La Forme Mine Lake early season. William Kozlo Collection.
La Forme Mine Lake early season. William Kozlo Collection.
La Forme Lake. William Kozlo Collection.
La Forme Lake. William Kozlo Collection.
La Forme Mine Revelstoke Archives
La Forme Mine. Revelstoke Archives.
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2 thoughts on “La Forme Mine Trail

  1. Pretty cool hike, definitely not easy, or bikeable.

    We drove on the main FSR until we were directly across from the avalanche path on the other side of the valley. Hiked down the edge of the clearcut to the river, found it way too strong of a current to cross, but continuing upstream, found a 2 foot tree had fallen across the river and made for a perfectly safe and easy crossing, even at high melt (late may).

    From the other side, hiked up a steep grade until we found the old road, on the west face of the valley, and followed it all the way to the old town, and the glacial lake up in the valley. The road is very overgrown, but doable.There was a few feet of snow up at the top, but we were able to make out several structures, a good deal of rail ties and some existing cablecar tracks.

    Took about 30 mins to get down the clearcut, 3 hours to get up to the town, and slightly less to get back.

    Would definitely suggest doing this hike later in the summer, when the river is calmer and the snow has melted quite a bit more.

    Bring your machetes, it gets quite dense along the old road at times.

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