The Frank Slide of April 1903 severed communications between Frank and Bellevue and thus isolated communities in the upper Pass from the world to the east. Although the CPR rebuilt the rail link within a few weeks, it was essential that wagon and carriage access also be re-established. Accordingly, contractors Lund and Breckenridge (after whom the village of Lundbreck was named) were contracted in 1903 to build a wagon road north of the Slide, from the west edge of Bellevue to a connection with the road between Frank and Lille. After the construction of a new road through the lower Slide in 1906 (presently part of the Heritage Driving Route) the Frank-Bellevue wagon road fell into disuse, although it has been walked in summer and skiied in winter up to the present day.
In 2010 and 2011 a new hiking trail was constructed north of the Slide as part of the 23km-long Crowsnest Pass Community Trails system. Portions of this new trail pick up bits of the old Frank-Bellevue wagon road, although it is hard to distinguish it from the old pipeline and powerline construction roads that also partially followed this route. A new footbridge across Gold Creek is about 50m downstream of the original Frank-Lille wagon bridge location.
The 3km long (one way) Frank Slide North Rim Trail begins at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre parking lot, sharing a trailhead with the Frank Slide Trail (turn left as soon as you leave the pavement) and ends at Bellevue’s Fireman’s Park (or vice versa). The trail is of easy to moderate difficulty and passes through pleasant woods, and at points provides excellent views of Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide. You can connect with the Crowsnest Pass Community Trail system to the east by walking from Fireman’s Park through downtown Bellevue, or to the west by following part of the Frank Slide Trail and branching off towards the pedestrian bridge across Gold Creek and then through Frank.