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Suggested Rides for Okanagan Rides - Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton

Apr 17, 2017 at 15:39
by Sharon Bader  
Vernon Fall Mountain Biking Part Two Sovereign Lakes and Kalamalka Park

The Okanagan Valley in the Interior of BC is a great mountain biking destination during the shoulder seasons of the West Coast. The area is very hot in July and August thus making the trails hot and dusty at this time. But when the weather is more unsettled this is a great place to ride.

Surrounding Okanagan lake which is 100km long with Penticton at the South end, Kelowna in the central area and Vernon at the North end, the area offers diverse riding options.

Click HERE for area overview and driving distances, or HERE for Trailforks Road Trip Planner.

These trails are maintained by MTBco and NOCS. You can donate to these organizations to show your appreciation at Trailforks. Click HERE for MTBco and HERE for NOCS

This document offers an amalgamation of our ride reports and a list of the routes we've ridden in this area. Click on the links for more details.

Trip Reports with photo's, maps and other information

Vernon Area:

Two Locations. Easy cross country trails of Ellison Provincial Park easily accessed from Preditor Ridge Golf Course.
Kalamalka Park accessed from Cosens Bay.

Pink Bike Overview of a ride at Kal Park the short loop, and riding at Soveriegn Lakes.

Pink Bike Overview of Silver Star Bike Park, the new XC trail Beowulf and the trails at Ellison Provincial Park.

Sharon and Lee overview of Kal Park Epic with Pali Gap climb to the top!

Suggested Ride's showing just the Trailforks Ride Log

Kal Park Epic - 33km, 4-6 hours, 1975m Climbing
Kal Park Short Loop - 13km, 1-2 hours, 800m Climbing

Ellison Provincial Park from Predator Ridge - 16km, 2-3 hours, 730m Climbing

Kelowna Area:

Two areas - West Kelowna where you can ride Smith Creek, Rose Valley Reservoir, Powers Creek. The other side of the Lake where Kelowna sprawls where you can find Crawford Trails, Knox hill and Gillard.

Sharon and Lee overview of Knox Hill, Rose Valley and Freedom Cycles Thursday eve shop ride in Three Blind Mice.

Sharon and Lee overview of Rose Valley Reservoir.

Pink Bike Overview of Smith Creek and Crawford in West Kelowna and Myra Canyon, Kelowna Respectively.

Suggested Rides based on Trailforks Ride Logs

Crawfords Trails - This is a good loop descending Vapour, or do this climb from this log and do the descent from this log on Surf and Turf.
16km, 2-4 hours, 750m climbing. Add a bit of time and distance for Surf and Turf since its a bit further.

Rose Valley Reservoir - 19km, 3-4 hours, 1200m Climbing

Smith Creek - 15km, 2-3 hours, 750m Climbing

Pentiction Area:

Where you can ride the convoluted Three Blind Mice, XC Campbell Mountain, the rocky epics of Rock Oven, Wiltse and Carmi.

Pink Bike Overview of Campbell Mountain and Three Blind Mice.

Sharon and Lee overview of Rock Oven Shuttle.

Rides showing just the Trailforks Ride Log

Wiltse near Penticton - Great hour loop of rock faces and a nice climb! 7km, 1 hour, 450m Climb

Three Blind Mice Loop - 15km, 3-4 hours, 650m Climbing or a Shuttle 11km 1 hour, 900m Descent

Rock Oven Loop - 15km, 2-3 hours, 650m Climbing

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