Some recent repaving suggests this quiet, historic road
through the old mining towns of the Lower Similkameen may be getting a new
life. It’s hard to imagine a better beneficiary of the Ministry of
Highways’ largesse. After crossing a wide grassy plain, this winding DH
cuts steadily along the steep mountainsides overlooking the Tulameen River.
The most appealing thing about this dead ender is the way its many curves
mix and combine. Your right wrist will get a workout as the road fluctuates
from tight and twisty to open and sweepy. Less appealing are the gravel
moments brought to you courtesy of careless pylons spitting up pebbles from
the soft-shouldered corners. The rock falling from the crumbling cliffs
doesn’t help either. However, both are a small price to pay for an
otherwise first-rate ride. And to the Ministry, just pave it, don’t
straighten it, O.K.?
"I ride this road every year on my Guzzi V11S to my father in law's cabin and it's always fun. Fond memories also of my first ever solo ride on a motorcycle was on this strech of road and came back with a perma grin!"
"Great road, bit bumpy in places but the "Bonneville" likes to shake it up as much as I do sometimes. Turn around at Otter Lake and do it all again backwards! Watch out for the gravel!!"