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Kaslo, BC : K&S Wagon Road Trail
K&S Wagon Trail is an old access road, once traveled by pioneers, located in the backcountry wilderness forests near the community of Kaslo, BC in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The 12 kilometre wagon road is a multi-use trail exploring forests eventually connecting back to the community.
In 1891, the local miners discovered silver which, in turn, exposed the region to the world attracting more pioneers. Instantly a transportation route through the valley was needed to handle the people moving to the region. That same year the Kaslo Board of Trade began building a new transportation route through some of regions roughest, mountainous terrain.
In 1893 the K&S Wagon Road was completed just in time for the mining boom. Soon the wagons, stage coaches, horseback riders, backpackers and pack trains braved the harsh conditions of the mountains seeking riches in Kaslo. In 1923, the road was handling vehicles. Once the new paved Highway 31a was built the K&S has been on a bit of a hiatus.
In 1993 the community of Kaslo and the Rail to Trail Society restored the route as a recreation trail, bringing the history back to life. Along the route are interpretive signs of the history of the area.
The K&S Wagon Road is a wide path used by many. It is important to pay respect to all users in all seasons. Some of the activities enjoyed on the road include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and ATVing in the summer months. During the winter the trail is popular with the cross country skiers and snow shoers.
How to Get to K&S Wagon Road Trail
Travel to the community of Kaslo, BC on Hwy #31. In Kaslo follow Highway #31a out of town, for 9.4 kilometres, towards New Denver, BC. On your right is the Buchanan Lookout FSR. Continue another kilometre to the K & S Wagon Road trailhead and information sign.
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