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

Updated: Sep 26, 2012
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 (60%), Loose Gravel (22%), 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 and Greenbush Road past Sugar Lake to Breenbush Lake. A fairly easy ride with some nice scenery.

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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 begins
- 16.3 km: south end of Sugar Lake, cross bridge and head up west side of lake onto North Shuswap FSR
- 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
- 73.9 km: Greenbush Lake recreation site

The route is mostly good gravel road, but there is some loose gravel and some loose rocks where the road had been recently graded. There are no steep hills or technical sections. The route is passable with a car or a street bike, but watch for rocks if you have little ground clearance. The road gradually narrows (generally). There is a solid road base 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 could probably get through on a street bike if it has decent ground clearance (there are some rocks pushing through the road surface). 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).

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