Old Cascade Highway


Trail Length: 72 Kilometres

Difficulty: Difficult
Park Amenities:
Wilderness Camp
Horseback Riding
Mountain Biking

Old Cascade Highway is a gravel road sightseeing highway exploring the switchbacks, trails and wilderness scenery in the Monashee Mountain Range. The scenic highway goes by many names such as the Old Cascade Highway, Santa Rosa Road and the Old Cascade-Rossland Highway. The highway connects the communities of Rossland, BC in the Kootenays to Christina Lake, BC located north of Osoyoos, BC in the Okanagan. 

The Old Cascade Highway is a historic transportation route which is the ultimate day trip through the mountains via a narrow, gravel road traveling over two mountain summits. The gravel highway route is popular for accessing mountain biking, hiking, dirt biking, atving and horseback riding in the summer. During the winter the highway, after a large snowfall, is very dangerous for vehicles and, therefore, is mostly traveled by snowmobiles.

The highway road measures approximately 72 kilometres and is divided into three sections - the Cascade side, the middle and the Santa Rosa side. Closes to Rossland is the Cascade side. The highway road is a mixture pf pavement and good gravel roads. The road contains many switchbacks while navigating up through forests and along mountain ridges leading to a summit and peek-a-boo views.

Closes to the community of Christina Lake is the Santa Rosa side of the gravel highway. The roads are rough, with loose gravel sections. There are switchbacks leading over big hills and through mountain valleys connecting to the Santa Rosa Summit and some great views. The best views  on the Old Cascade Highway are found on the Christina Lake side, just before the summit.

There are no services on this highway. Be prepared and always drive with a spare tire and water. Weather and temperature can change quickly in the mountains. There are a few sections along the gravel highway which are really rough and some say 4x4 only. Be prepared for flying rocks by passing vehicles and if your paint job is everything to you do not use this route. 

The Cascade Highway is also an access road to wilderness adventures. There are trailheads to some of the more popular hiking, backpacking and mountain biking  trails in the region like the Seven Summits Trail and the Dewdney Trail.
Old Cascade Highway, Rossland, Christina Lake, British Columbia, Canada


Old Cascade Highway
Old Cascade Highway

How To Get ToOld Cascade Highway

Travel to the community of Rossland, BC. When in Rossland, BC travel west on Hwy 3B, past the Rossland Historical Museum, and Black bear Road. On your right is a small sign and a gravel road going up hill. Turn here. From Christina Lake just drive right past it and continue forward.
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