This is another classic single-track mountain bike trail with a few steep technical descents. As a hiking trail it is loose and steep in sections but follows along the ridgeline providing spectacular scenic views of Christina Lake to the east and south. The steep up-hill sections and technical descents will keep all types of mountain bikers entertained.
Distance : 4.5 km
Difficulty : Hike: Moderate
Time: Hike: 1-3 hours
Descent: 440 m
Uses: Hiking & Biking
Trail Head Access :
Follow Highway #3 west towards Grand Forks. Just after the Highway #395 turnoff, turn right onto Stewart Creek Rd. Follow for 6.8km (stopping just before the switchback) where there is a small pullout to the right. The trail starts out as a logging road for 200 M. before turning into single track trail just before it crosses over a cattle fence (look before you leap!). The trail descends and then has two steep sections, after which it follows along the ridgeline to Chase Rd., which leads to Christina Lake.
Nakade Lookout hike: Follow Chase Road then turn left on Schulli Road, follow onto gravel and park where the second dirt road comes down from your left, this is the gravel pit. There are a few trails leading to the lookout, all are a steady uphill climb, so this is not recommended for anyone with bad knees. The first is off to the left as you enter the pit. This route offers a couple of scenic viewpoints along the way as you climb a rocky path from bluff to bluff, but is fairly steep and can have loose material. The second is accessed by climbing straight up through the pit. This wider path winds through the trees behind the bluff on a more moderate slope. At a steady pace, the lookout is 15-20 minutes in offering spectacular views covering the whole length of the lake.
Christina Lake and surrounding area offer a variety of hiking, biking and horse-back riding trails for all skill levels – from “soft adventure” to “extreme riding”. Many trails have all season access. View our new trails map online, or download a copy of the Christina Lake Recreation Guide & Trails Map. Printed copies are available at WildWays and the visitor’s info center.