Rating: 4 Stars.
Use: ATV, Biking.
Difficulty: Difficult. (mostly due to access)
Distance: 14.4 km return bike from parking to trailhead. 22 km return from parking to Paint Lake.
Description: A classic example of one of our great trails that have been lost. Even fifteen years ago it would have been possible to drive right to the trailhead. Not any longer. This is a great mountain bike trail ride. Recently it has been mainly used by ATV’s. I tried driving to this trailhead two years ago. After severely scratching up the paint on my truck, I eventually got stopped by a small creek washout. Since I had my wife and two year old toddler with me, that was the end of our day. I plan to go back this year with a mountain bike. I have flown over this area many times and can assure you this is worth the effort for those interested. A little bit of biking through some overgrown logging roads and you will get yourself to subalpine where you will be able to enjoy a 4 km bike through spectacular scenery. One more thought… a traverse from here over to the Lakes of Monashee Provincial Park would be relatively easy. Doing so would allow a complete traverse of the Monashee Mountains east to west ending up coming out the Spectrum River trails. Do it… before I do. See the Traverse section for more details.
Directions: Drive south of Revelstoke on Highway 23. Just before the Shelter Bay ferry landing turn right onto the Shelter Bay FSR. Follow this, paralleling the Arrow Lakes. 16.4 km from the Shelter Bay turnoff turn left onto the Paint Lake road. From here it is another 10.8 km to the Parking area. Driving past this point will not get you much further. Better to get on the bikes from here.
- Shelter Bay FSR: N50 40.293 W118 06.939
- Paint Lake road turnoff: N50 31.076 W117 57.391
- Paint Lake Parking: N50 27.793 W118 00.770
- Paint Lake Trailhead: N50 27.637 W118 03.450
- Paint Lake: N50 27.529 W118 06.154
Useful Maps: Backroad Mapbook (the accuracy of active roads is not up to date)