Kimbol Lake Group Hike June 2

Thanks to all who joined our NACTS Group Hike to Kimbol Lake last Sunday, organized and led by Simone H! An enthusiastic group of 15, including 3 of our directors, made the way to Kimbol and back. It was a beautiful hike that ended with a very well deserved soak at the Hot Springs!

Helping Hand From Sentinel Forestry Crew

Thanks to Holly H and Rhys T of the BC Wildfire Sentinel Sentinel crew for their help with some trail maintenance work this spring. This is a picture of the crew on the Peter Roulston Trail on May 8. They did some brushing, built up x-country ski swale crossings and began repairs on an old log bridge at the east end of the trail. The crew spent part of another couple of days earlier doing crossing and footbridge repairs on the Nakusp Hot Springs trail. Hopefully they will have a chance to return later in the season to finish up!

Hot Springs Km 6 Footbridge Repair

Brian W and Bob T took a hike up the Nakusp Hot Springs trail on May 22 to repair a rotted and unsafe footbridge at Km 6. This footbridge will be replaced with a new cedar timber bridge this fall. It was also an opportunity to try out our new Stihl MSA220 battery chainsaw, which worked fine.

Cedar Grove Access Closure

The Kuskanax FSR which provides access to the Cedar Grove Trail will be closed to all foot and vehicle traffic until further notice. The caribou calving pen below the road north of the CMH heliport is now occupied with pregnant caribou females who are very sensitive to noise or other disruptions. We thank you for your cooperation.


Join us for our 2024 Annual General Meeting:

Where - upstairs Nakusp Seniors Hall

When - 6:30 pm Tuesday April 30

What - Find about what we accomplished in 2023 and what is ahead for 2024. Elect our new Board and contribute your ideas and suggestions for trails in the Arrow Lakes Valley. Join as a member and volunteer! We need you!

Nakusp Hot Springs Hike for 6 Sept 24

Another fine fall day for a hike to the Nakusp Hot Springs for 6 hikers and 2 dogs. Thanks to Simone H for organizing and leading another NACTS Group Hike. They all liked our new Footbridge! More to come.

Road to Saddle Mountain Open

The road between Arrow Park and the Saddle Mountain Lookout Trail FSR is now open. Construction is complete.

Hot Springs Footbridge Completed Sept 14

The NACTS Volunteer team of Brian W, Jamie D, Frank K and Bob T put in a full day removing the old footbridge 400 m below the Upper Trailhead and replacing it with a new cedar timber beauty! Good work team, especially Brian’s extra hours of helping mill the Timbers, cut them to size and generally organize the project. Everyone worked hard and kept things moving.

Hot Springs Trail Footbridge Slinging Complete

Mark Holmis flying a High Terrain A-Star helicopter with a 150’ longline flew the Hot Springs Trail footbridge Timbers and supplies from the CMH helipad above the Hot Springs to the creek site. He did a masterful job of lowering the load vertically through a small gap between towering hemlocks and cedars. Brian W, assisted by Jamie D brought Mark in to the site and supervised the flawless drop. Good work team!

Hot Springs Trail Footbridge Sept 12 - 15

USFS bridge that is the model for ours.

Our Nakusp Hot Springs Footbridge replacement project is under way. Thanks to funding from the CBT and the donation of a cedar log by Stella Jones, we are getting ready to fly in the milled timber and build the bridge next week. This crossing will replace a rotting cedar crossing over last major creek nearest the Hot Springs. Brian W is our project lead who has already put in good time and effort helping Bud A mill the cedar. Use the our Contact Us on this website to let Brian know you would like to join us for a little or a lot! Here is the plan so far:

  1. Today - Brian is prepping the timber and sourcing hardware. Jamie to advise.
  2. Thursday - Bob & Brian hike to site to estimate tree height to determine length of helicopter slinging line, survey footing dimensions and slopes, complete logistical planning for slinging operation
  3. Tuesday - stage timber and build loads using nets and straps. Complete slinging from CMHA upper helipad to crossing site. Lower timbers, generator and tools through trees to drop site as close to crossing as possible. Begin removal of existing rotted cedar rough cut bridge.
  4. Thursday & Friday (Sept 14 & 15) - complete site prep, hand carry timbers from drop site to crossing, build bridge! Hike out tools, generator and sling net at end of job.