Distance: 13.3 km
Time: 1.5 – 3 hrs
Elevation Gain: 122 m
Elevation Loss: 1,717 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: July – September
Permit Required: No
The Wakefield trail cuts back and forth across the steep, western side of Silver Ridge below Idaho Peak. There is a fair bit of exposure due to the slope angle, particularly when you’re riding switchbacks. It’s best to walk some of them if you’re not comfortable taking the risk riding them. The trail is easy to follow, offers spectacular views of the Slocan Valley and passes a lot of old mine sites that can be fun to check out. The trail eventually falls into the forest and continues to switchback tightly across the front of Idaho Peak. The singletrack section of the trail ends at the hikers’ parking lot and from there the trail is doubletrack down to the 4 Mile Creek Road that takes you back to Silverton.
The trail was originally the donkey track used to take supplies from Silverton up to the miners working on Silver Ridge. Hikers still use the trail to access the ridge so be aware that you may encounter them and ride under control at all times. This is an epic ride and one of the premiere trails in the Slocan Valley. If you’ve come this far, don’t miss out and make sure to ride it.
TRAILHEAD | N49 58.100 W117 17.050
The trailhead is located in the southwest corner of the Silver Ridge parking lot at the end of the Idaho Peak road. It is clearly marked with a large sign. Please note that there are two (2) parking lots that allow hikers to access the summit of Idaho Peak – you are not allowed to ride your bike to the peak as the access trail is very narrow. The trailhead is located at the main lot, which is the left-hand fork when you are approaching the top of the mountain.
bikepirate rating: 5 Skulls
In years past, when there has been a lot of snow during the winter and well into the spring, this trail may not be accessible until late July or even August.