Scotch Creek Hlina Trail

A forest walk to impressive views over Shuswap Lake high above Scotch Creek.

The Scotch Creek/Hlina recreational trail was built as a project of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area F Parks Commission, in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and local trail enthusiasts. The first section of the trail has been completed to the Scotch Creek Lookout. A secondary wilderness route (the Hlina Loop) is brushed and blazed, but requires off trail wilderness, travel experience and route finding.

To view more trail details please refer to the CSRD interactive map or visit the Shuswap Trails page for complete route descriptions.

CAUTION: Difficult to access in the winter. Steep edges at viewpoints. Stay clear, and keep children well back. This is a wilderness recreational trail. Be prepared. Make noise for bears. Access is on active logging road. Watch for vehicles. Use with care.

New! Geo-referenced Trail Map (PDF)

Park Location

  1. Travel east, through the North Shuswap community of Scotch Creek, on the Squilax-Anglemont Road. On the east side of Scotch Creek, pass the Rose Clifford Park and pub and climb up the hill out of town.
  2. Watch for Leopold Road at the top of the hill and turn left here. The trailhead is approximately 7km from this point. 
  3. Set your odometer to zero, and continue up Leopold Road watching for directional arrows and orange blazes on signposts.


Trail sign off Squilax-Anglemont Road                                          Orange blazes on signposts

  1. Stay straight at the first junction past Allen Road (620 m).
  2. Right at the next junction (1.3km) passing the Forestry radio frequency sign (157.320).
  3. At 2.1 km stay right past the cut block road.
  4. At 2.5 km stay left. This is where Leopold Road turns into the Scotch Creek Hlina Forest Service Road.
  5. Continue on watching for the old log homestead ruins on your left. At 3.1 km stay right past the gated private property.
  6. As you continue up the road, watch for cattle gates. If there is no sign, and you find the gate closed, close it behind you. If you find it open, leave it open. Otherwise, follow the directions on the posted sign, and watch for cattle.
  7. At 5.7 km stay straight ahead past the cut block on your left.
  8. At 6.7 km take the left fork.
  9. Another 200 metres up and around the bend you will find the trailhead parking area on your left. Park here, and begin your walk (or ride) continuing up the logging road for another 3/4 of a kilometre.