Riding Route: Sugar Lake - Sugar FSR - North Shuswap FSR - Greenbush Lake

Updated: Jul 11, 2018
Submitted by: BC-Rider
Country: Canada
Province: BC
Region: North Okanagan - Monashees
Route types: Forest Service Road, Paved Backroad, Gravel Backroad
Riding Surface: Packed Gravel (50%), Loose Gravel (32%), Pavement (18%)
Most Suitable For: Dual Sport
Also Suitable For: Adventure Touring


Mostly good gravel, some loose gravel, some pavement from Hwy 6 along Sugar Lake Road, North Shuswap FSR / Sugar FSR and Greenbush Road past Sugar Lake to Greenbush Lake. A fairly easy ride with some nice scenery along some sections.

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Sugar Lake, Greenbush Lake – Hwy 6, Sugar Lake Rd., North Shuswap FSR, Greenbush Rd. Distances are approximate. September 24, 2011

- 0 km: turn off Hwy 6 and onto Sugar Lake Road
- 13.4 km: pavement ends, good gravel (oiled) begins
- 16.3 km: south end of Sugar Lake, cross bridge and head up west side of lake onto North Shuswap FSR / Sugar FSR (oiled for a short stretch)
- 29 km: north end of Sugar Lake
- 38 km: the turn-off to Monashee Park is on the right, but keep left (unless you want to go to the park)
- 64.9 km: road runs next to river before heading up hill
- 68.7 km: 51 km marker
- 72.5 km: turn right off Greenbush Road to Greenbush Lake; there was a large white fuel tank on the right just before the turn-off when I was there; there was also a tree with painted markings indicating the direction to the lake (no longer the case)
- 73.9 km: Greenbush Lake recreation site

The FSR portion of the route is a mix of good gravel road and not so good; there is some loose gravel and some loose rocks where the road had been recently graded. There are no real steep hills or technical sections (the hill mentioned above might be a bit intimidating for some depending on the current road condition and the bike you're on). Depending on the current surface conditions, the route may be passable with a car or some street bikes, but watch for rocks if you have little ground clearance. The road gradually narrows (generally). There is a solid road base (except in active construction sections) with loose gravel and small rocks along some stretches. There is also some sand. Some stretches are very smooth with no, or little gravel in the tire tracks.

There are some other recreation sites and public lake access along the way. The lake and mountains are not visible the majority of the route west of Sugar Lake because of trees. There are some nice mountain views further past the lake beginning at about 50 km.

The side road to Greenbush Lake (the last 1.4 km) is much narrower and rougher than the main road. The road could be muddy in a few spots if it’s wet. You might get through on a street bike if it has decent ground clearance (there are some rocks pushing through the road surface), but the last little bit is a bit steep with loose rocks. The recreation site at Greenbush Lake offers free camping, but there are no facilities other than fire pits and an outhouse. There is lake access where you can launch a small fishing boat (if you were going in with a truck).

There are a couple of side trips that are worth taking. The first is Kate FSR which is on the left (east) of Sugar Lake Road just before Sugar Lake. It's quite a nice and fairly easy ride. The main road only goes about 20 km (if I remember correctly). There's a BC Forest Service campground on the shore of Sugar Lake out there. The other side trip is into Monashee Provincial Park. The road to the lower parking lot is in good condition. Rainbow Falls is accessible from the lower parking lot; it's about a 250 m hike into the falls. The road to the upper parking lot is a bit rougher and steeper but passable by car if you drive carefully and slowly.

Update July 9, 2017: Major road maintenance / construction along stretches of the FSR, particularly between the 14 km and 22 km markers resulting in loose, deep gravel / sand / rocks in some sections. Stay away from the shoulders. This may make it a less enjoyable and a more challenging ride for some riders and / or some bikes. There is also a lot of active logging operations along the FSR - cutting, log hauling and new side road construction. I suggest avoid the FSR section during the work week. Due to limited rain lately, the FSR is very dusty.

Update July 8 2018: I drove to Monashee Provincial Park in a truck. The road to that point at least is in good condition.

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