The 2017 fire season saw a fire start at the trail head along Highway 33 (km 1). The fire burned up to km 3 before following the ridge off to the east, but several sign boards were lost. Donations are most welcome to help us replace these sign boards in 2018
There are countless variations of markers on the HRT that leads to some general confusion. The team has spent many hours reflagging the trail, and with the assistance of WALC (Walk Around Lake Country), new trail blazes have begun to appear in 2017.
Future plans, requiring funding, will see these blazes become a feature along the length of the trail.
2017 saw record flood events in our local creeks and streams, and resulted in damage to several bridges along the High Rim Trail. The Vernon Creek bridge at Kilometre 29, known as the X, was damaged in the 2017 flooding. Temporary railings were installed to make the crossing safe for hikers for the near future.
Additional funding and effort will see the replacement of this bridge, and several others along the trail in 2018.