Ride Leader Training Session 1

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.

The Epic 250km Ride

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

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,

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 where 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.

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
  • Saturday October 3 or Sunday October 4 – Trail Maintenance at an exclusive riding area (stay tuned)
  • 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.

Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our weekly email to find out about upcoming rides.

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

Armstrong Chalet Ride

Ride Recap: We thought it would rain and it sure did but that didn’t stop 17 brave riders from coming out for another fun ride. A big thanks to Noel for showing the way, we appreciate every time someone share’s their trail knowledge.

This ride climbs quickly from 400m elevation at the valley bottom, gaining over 1,000m vertical before arriving at the Armstrong Snowmobile Chalet. It’s an easy road ride if you stick to the FSR or you can mix in trails from the Trinity Ricardo Trail Network to add some extra interest both on the trail and in the scenery department. One of the favourite trails is the Slide Trail which passes below a giant rock outcrop which has had the rock formation below it eroded by the nearby creek.

Weather can change quickly at this elevation, conditions on this ride flipped back and forth between broken clouds, dark foreboding clouds, pounding rain and sunshine. The Vernon Snowmobile Club Chalet (the Armstrong Chalet) offered a welcome reprieve from the rain and hail and a chance to warm and dry before heading back out when the skies cleared again.

10:30am Saturday June 27 at the Enderby Bridge

Thanks to Vernon ATV Trail Riders Group member Noel for suggesting this ride and leading many others! We asked if we could tag along and he said yes so we’re going to meet at the pullout on the east side of the bridge to Mabel Lake at 10:30am Saturday then heading out to Ashton Creek, turn down Trinity Valley Road across the river then up Durnin Road/575 FSR to staging. Click here for Google Maps and Directions.

If you’re in Vernon and want to join the convoy we’ll leave the Tim Horton’s across from Walmart on 58th Ave at 10:00am.

Looks like it could be wet but the club rides rain or shine, conditions usually turn out better than the weather apps predict. Remember to bring clothing for the weather and riding it high elevation, your lunch, camera, GPS and LOTS OF BUG SPRAY!

The Trinity Ricardo Trails are directly north of Silver Star Provincial Park. There’s lots of ATV rideable trail, spectacular vistas and a ginormous rock formation overhanging the trail – it’s wild!

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.

The Vernon ATV Club promotes responsible all terrain vehicle use. Riders must must carry their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of $200,000 liability insurance for riding on forest service roads. Quad riders must wear a helmet, side x side riders aren’t required by law to wear helmets but we recommend they do.