If you haven’t been out to the winter and early spring rides this is your first chance to meet other members in 2017. If you have been out on rides, well Hi, good to see you again!
The purpose of the meeting is to update members on developments over the winter, plans for the year ahead and to get your feedback and ideas for rides, events and social functions.
Everyone is invited, you don’t need to be a member to attend and please feel free to come check the club out.
If you’re interested in joining the club memberships will be for sale. We’ll be selling 2017 ATV/BC Raffle tickets too.
Oregon Dunes 2018 Planning – After the meeting there will be photos and videos from previous dune trips and cost information provided for those interested in going in 2018. We’ll see who is interested in going and set a date so we can book accommodation.
Ride with Steve starting from the bottom of King Eddy FSR ready to ride at 10:00am Sunday, April 23.
The goal of this ride is to see how many trails are open and will be a good wander of the plateau. This ride will stop a few times and take a lunch break with a campfire. It’s still spring time in the mountains so come prepared for all weather conditions.
Trails ridden will be Green (Beginner) and some Blue (Intermediate) at times. Support and assistance will be provided if you aren’t comfortable with obstacles encountered on the ride.
The plan is to head south toward the Bear Creek trails then head up to a viewpoint for lunch. We can stop by the outhouses at Bear Creek on the way to lunch and/or after lunch.
This ride will be primarily green terrain (beginner) with sections in blue (intermediate) and speeds up to 60km/h on the main roads. Assistance will be provided if we encounter trail conditions you’re not comfortable with.
There will be a lunch break 30-45 minutes in length but no guarantee of a campfire this week. If we can we will, but don’t count on a campfire (unless you want to come prepared to start a fire).
Ride Report & Photos: 17 machines, 22 people and 1 dog came out for a day riding the muddy and snowy trails of Noble Canyon and Bardolph Lake. We stopped by the Bardolph Lake Rec Site on the way up then headed north east towards Cooper’s Launch. We split up at the 4 way junction after the Bardolph trails to explore the roads to the north near the winter logging while the other group stuck to the low road.
Lunch was had by campfire at Cooper’s Launch overlooking the Lumby valley before we tried a couple of roads but ended up returning on the same trails we rode out. The snow was getting pretty wet on the way back which made it a bit more work but we all made it.
A big thanks to Daniel for making the trek all the way from Barriere/Summerland for the ride, hope to see you again soon!
Nice having Nathan and family along, all 6 together enjoying the outdoors, the big Mule did a great job clawing through cruddy snow conditions.
Ride starts at 10:00am at the bottom of Noble Canyon Rd, heading up the Bardolph Lake side of Noble Canyon this time.
The snow level is raising, who knows how high it will be by the 26th but plan on riding in snow and come prepared for winter conditions. There will be a campfire at lunch so bring something to roast.
We will be passing the Bardolph Lake recreation site going up and coming down if you need an outhouse.
The March Buddy deal is in effect so you don’t need to be a club member to attend the ride and everyone in attendance gets a chance to win a ticket for the ATV/BC raffle of a 2017 CanAm 850 Max XT. Tickets and memberships will be for sale at the ride, tickets are $10 and memberships range from $55 to $95, check https://vernonatvclub.ca/membership/ for more info.
No parking at the cattleguard, unload here then pull your vehicle to the edge of the road to the south (towards the highway) from the cattleguard).
Ride departs the bottom of Noble Canyon Road at 10:00am Sunday, February 26. Our last ride only explored a small portion of the trails so we’re going to push further west on this ride to access another viewpoint over the city.
Unloading and Parking
Unload at the cattleguard 400m along Noble Canyon Road then park along the road back toward the highway. Please do not park at or around the cattleguard as this is the only place to turn trailers around. There is one small parking area 1.4kms up the road for trucks (no trailers), just after the bridge on the left with room for 2-3 trucks.
Invite your friends, you don’t need to be a member to attend club rides. Come on out, check out the club and we’re sure you’ll like it so much you’ll join.
There will be a lunch campfire to cook your brats and dogs. Come prepared for winter riding conditions.
Winter riding usually rates as Green (beginner) to Blue (intermediate). The trails aren’t that difficult but snow and slippery conditions can increase the difficulty of riding conditions. Speeds will range from crawling up to 50kmh.
What a day, what a ride! Perfect weather, a bunch of new faces, some great trails and lunch with a view. Thanks to Darren for performing towing duties to get through the tricky bits and out of the ditches. We even pulled a Dodge truck out of the ditch with a big tug from Jason’s Can Am and everyone else pushing.
Ride Photos & Videos
Thanks Jason and Kerry for your photo contributions.
We haven’t explored Noble Canyon for a while so meet up at the cattleguard on Noble Canyon Road, ready to ride at 10:00am Monday February 13. As it’s Family Day we encourage you to bring your family, be it your spouse, kids, grandparents, etc. to see parts of the North Okanagan that few get to see.
NOTE: no riding on Noble Canyon Road before the cattleguard, unload at the cattleguard then park south of the cattleguard (between cattleguard and highway). Don’t park near or past the cattleguard as this congests the loading area.
Be prepared for typical winter riding conditions and bring a lunch for the campfire. Weather currently is calling for +4 in the valley and cloudy but hopefully we’ll get above the clouds.
Difficulty for winter rides is Green (beginner) to Blue (intermediate), we don’t tackle that difficult of terrain but slippery conditions and deep snow does increase difficulty somewhat.
The club has long talked about going in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade and this year’s theme of Canada 150 was a great one. We really enjoyed sharing the message of ATVing as a family friendly activity and there were lots of families lining the parade route that were stoked to see the machines.
We had 5 machines riding on the roads alongside our float of a truck and trailer carrying another couple of machines up high for better visibility.
A huge thanks to all the club members who came out to decorate, brought supplies and braved the Friday afternoon (decorating the float) and Saturday morning (parade day) blowing snow. Finally, weather fitting of a winter carnival!