Trail Maintenance with Vernon Snowmobile Association

9:00am start @ Vernon Snowmobile Trails Parking Lot

The ATV Club has been invited to cruise the trails, do some trail brushing and take an inventory of the trail signage. We’re limited to 20 machines and this is a work day first and foremost with some trail riding mixed in.  Click here for directions to the Vernon Snowmobile Trails Parking Lot is in Silver Star Provincial Park.

Riders will need to bring their normal riding/safety gear plus work gloves and any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required if running a chainsaw. The club will bring 2 brush saws and have all PPE necessary.

The club has sheltered in the cabin during storms and enjoyed a few rides on the Vernon Snowmobile Trails/Trinity Ricardo trail network. Here’s our chance to give back and make the trails more enjoyable for all.

There will be a campfire at lunch and the Snowmobile Club has a BBQ so you’ve got lots of lunchtime cooking options.

Register to attend by emailing [email protected] by 5:00pm Saturday, October 3.

The Epic 250km Ride

Ride Recap: Success at last, our first attempt at this ride was thwarted by snow 2 years ago this same weekend. The weather didn’t look too promising in the week leading up to the ride but thankfully the weather people smiled on us and we had rain in the days prior to cut the dust and sun all day while riding.

The morning started early with 20 riders and 17 machines at the morning safety meeting at 7:45am in a brisk wind and on their machines ready to go shortly after 8:00am.

The route wound its way along roads, trails and past lakes, viewpoints and recreation sites throughout the day.

There were two 45 minute stretches of FSR riding to transit to other trails, we’d like to cut these out but Graystokes Park means no cross trails connecting separate riding areas very easily.

After putting up with the extended road sections riders were rewarded with a great climbing trail up McAuley Creek to the Aberdeen Plateau. The final stop of the ride was at Edwin Lake then home to staging for a total start to finish time just under 10 hours with 240kms covered.

Kudos to all riders for an excellent job doing leapfrog on the corners, not a single lost rider or missed turn all day long! For such a long ride it was uneventful with no mechanicals and everyone had enough fuel for the entire ride.

View and Download the Epic 250 GPS Track

8:00am Start Sunday September 27

We last tried this 2 years ago but were snowed out. Let’s see if we can make it happen in 2020, it’s a crazy year so why not!

This ride is not for everyone, here’s what you need to know to participate in this ride:

  • Ready to ride at 8:00am sharp!!!
  • You must be able to ride 65kmh minimum on FSR stretches
  • Your machine has to be in good mechanical order
  • You must bring enough fuel to go 250kms
  • Be prepared for fewer/shorter breaks than normal club rides

We will be turning riders away that aren’t able to meet the criteria above.

Ok, so you’re up for the ride? Read on then!

Starting at 8:00am Sunday, September 27 from the bottom of King Eddy FSR in Coldstream. It’s a long ride so we need to start early, keep up a good pace and we’ll still be late in the afternoon getting back.

Ride difficulty is upper intermediate due to the speed, nothing greater than intermediate level difficulty obstacles along the route.

There will be a mix of trail and FSR with extended sections of FSR which is unavoidable on a ride this length. Consider bringing ear plugs because one section is 30+ minutes of FSR done at cruising speed (65kmh minimum) which gets a bit tiring on the ears.

Bring food and drink for a full day on the trails. Breaks will be short and they won’t happen very often so bring something you can poke down quickly. We will pass a number of recreation sites with outhouses for those in need of facilities. Remember we’re still in COVID times so everyone must keep a safe distance from others throughout the day.

We reach 6,000ft elevation along the route so bring cold/wet weather riding gear.

Ride Route – this isn’t 100% accurate as it has been simplified to reduce the number of waypoints but is a pretty close approximation of the 250km ride route.

Download the GPX file and bring your GPS or download a 3 month free trial of Gaia GPS App to your phone to track the ride.

Please get in touch if you have any questions by email at [email protected]

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

Ride Leader Training Session 1

An amazing day with our 4 new Ride Leader trainees Angeline, Bob, Gerry and Randy. A+ marks to all and we couldn’t have done it without current leader Allen’s help but he didn’t lead so no grade for him.

The day started with 2 hours of theory and productive discussions then each new leader took their turn leading the ride.

Watch for upcoming rides with our new leaders.

9:00am Saturday September 19 – King Eddy FSR

It’s a go! Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of King Edward Forest Service Road at 9:00am. The first hour or so will be theory then we’ll hop on the ATVs and apply what we’ve learned and have each trainee lead the group for a while.

What to bring:

  1. Food & drink for a day on the trails
  2. A GPS isn’t required but is strongly recommended
  3. A pen and paper to take notes
  4. Clothing for all weather conditions
  5. Your “oh poop” supplies: emergency gear/first aid kit/repair kit
  6. 5-10 litres of extra fuel in case we get a lot of riding in

More training materials will be shared to participants Thursday afternoon.

Weather never stops the Vernon ATV Club, even if it’s raining the event will go on. Once we’ve posted a ride/event it’s going to happen so come prepared!

Contact the Vernon ATV Club at 250-550-5290 or email [email protected] to register or if you have any questions.

Fall 2020 Riding Calendar

There’s no question fall is the best riding of the year and the club is working hard to plan events to get as many miles under your knobbies as possible.

We know it’s hard for some folks to attend rides on short notice so get your calendar and red pen out and tell your wife/husband/partner/parents/kids you’re busy the following dates:

  • Saturday September 19 – Ride Leader Training Session 1
  • Sunday September 27 – The Epic 250km Ride at King Eddy
  • Sunday October 4 – Trail Maintenance with Vernon Snowmobile Club
  • Sunday October 18 – King Eddy Trail Maintenance & Ride
  • Sunday October 25 – Ride Leader Training Session 2
  • Saturday October 31 – Halloween Dress up Ride
  • Sunday November 15 – National Clean Out Your Fridge Day Ride
  • Sunday December 6 – Just Because We Should Ride Ride
  • Friday January 1 – Start the Year off Right Ride

If you have an idea for a ride contact the Vernon ATV Club by email at [email protected]

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

Skimikin Lake / Fly Hills Ride

9:30am Start – Skimikin Lake Sunday September 13

Starting at 9:30am from the parking lot east of Skimikin Lake (see map below). If you’re in Vernon join the convoy leaving Tim Hortons on 58th Avenue at 8:00am.

Map and directions from Tim Hortons 58th Ave Vernon to Skimikin Lake Staging

Come for a fun day on the trails, bring lunch, your camera, emergency/repair supplies and remember to keep your COVID-safe distance at all times.

Trails will accommodate quads and side x sides up to 64″ width (maybe wider but no guarantees) and will range from Forest Service Road to medium/intermediate technical difficulty trail obstacles.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

Irish Creek Ride Starts Sunday at 10:00am

Ride Recap: Great ride out to Pinaus Lake for campfire lunch. We were the dirty dozen not far into ride.

10:00am Start Sunday August 23, 2020

August 23 is National Ride the Wind Day, of course it’s a day to hit the trails. Steve said we haven’t had a club ride for far too long so thanks to him for asking you to join him at Irish Creek Road off Highway 97.

All the usual stuff applies:

  • COVID-19 is still around, everyone keep their distance for maximum happiness
  • Anyone can attend, we encourage non-members to come check out a couple of club rides
  • Make sure your machine is in good mechanical condition and pack your repair/emergency supplies
  • Bring a lunch and drinks, Steve usually has a campfire to roast some wienies
  • Come prepared for all weather conditions, it can change fast in the high country
  • The trail is quad and side x side friendly, everyone will fit all along the route

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

August Full Moon Night Ride

5:00pm Start – Saturday August 1

It’s time for another evening/night ride, this one coincides with the full moon.

Leaving the bottom of King Edward Lake Road on Highway 6 at 5:00pm. Make sure your lights are working because we’ll need them later in the ride.

What to bring:

  1. Snacks and drinks
  2. Bug Spray – THEY’RE BAD!
  3. The usual emergency supplies

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

Ride to 7400′ Mara Mt Lookout

Ride Recap: Another big turnout for one of the most popular rides of the year. The group chose “All or Nothing Day” from the list of national days and what a day to go all the way to the top of the mountain.

39 riders in 34 machines enjoyed perfect weather and trail conditions.

Everyone showed excellent trail etiquette, sticking to the trail at all times.

Leaving Enderby at 9:30am Sunday July 26

It’s time to get high again, all the way to 7400′ at the Mara Mountain Lookout.

Leaving the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 702 Railway Street in Enderby at 9:30am, from there we head east out to the staging area on Kingfisher FSR.

The convoy will leave the Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue (by Walmart) at 8:45am en route to Enderby.

A few critically important things to know for this ride:

  1. COVID-19 is still a thing so keep your distance at all times and stay home if you’re not well.
  2. Stay on the trail at all times, there is ZERO tolerance for riding off trail in the alpine (or any time for that matter).
  3. Come prepared for all weather conditions, at this elevation things can change quickly.
  4. Try our free trial membership offer – come ride with the club for free in July.

This ride is average difficulty and can be accomplished by intermediate level riders. There is one advanced level obstacle, a small rock ledge that can be difficult if you hit it incorrectly. We will assist anyone not comfortable with riding this obstacle themselves to ensure everyone gets up safely.

We won’t have a lunch campfire so bring a sandwich or other item you can eat cold. The views are unmatched so bring your camera, check out photos from past trips to the lookout.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

Steve’s Simply Splendid Sunday Ride

Ride Recap: Thanks again Steve for heading up a fun ride. The trails from Irish Creek Road to Pinaus Lake make use of lots of old and deactivated roads which provide excellent riding.

The only bummer is Pinaus Creek has undermined the road in a couple of spots resulting in narrow trail and nervous moments for a few riders.

10:30am Start Sunday July 12

Steve is back from the land of the (almost) midnight sun and he’s ready to ride again. Sunday is National Simplicity Day so don’t overthink it, just come out for a great day on the trails.

The ride starts at 10:30 from near the end of Irish Creek Road, if you’re showing up at 10:30 you’ll be left behind!

Irish Creek Road is 4km north of the Westside Road junction on Highway 97 North to Falkland/Kamloops and staging is near the end of the road.

Click here for Google Map and Directions

Take advantage of our July Free Trial Membership – come out for a ride, meet folks & find new trails!

Steve loves a campfire at lunch so bring something to roast at lunchtime.

What to Bring?
All the usual stuff you need to be prepared for a day in the bush including (but not limited to):

  • Clothing for all conditions
  • Food and drink for the day
  • Camera and GPS
  • Trailside repair and first aid kit

It isn’t critical that each rider has all the items listed above but it is a good practice to be prepared for all possible situations when riding.

Rides and events are open to everyone, we encourage new riders to come out for a couple of rides to meet club members, find new trails and get a sense of the club before joining.

July Free Trial Membership

Looking to find trails and meet new riding buddies?

We all enjoy getting out on the trails to enjoy nature and explore new areas and there’s no better way than with people who’ve been there before.

Vernon ATV Club members love to share their passion for ATVing, the outdoors and their knowledge of local trails. Whether you enjoy scenic vistas, hidden lakes, peaceful meadows or miles of endless trails, we can take you there. Rides are open to quads and side x sides for riders of all ages and abilities.

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Join the Vernon ATV Club for a couple of rides to see the benefits of membership – let’s get out there!