Crowfoot Mountain Ride with GKAA & SBR

Saturday August 17

This Saturday ride to the top of Crowfoot Mountain with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and the Shuswap Backcountry Riders is one not to miss. It’s an earlier start than we’re used to but it has to be with the distance we’re going.

The Vernon Club is going to attend the ride and meet up with the Greater Kamloops ATV Association and Shuswap Backcountry Riders but to help alleviate congestion on the trails we’re going to get an earlier start.

Vernon Ride Time & Plans

Our goal is to make it to the upper parking lot at Crowfoot Snowmobile area around 8:45am. This means being at the store at the Squilax bridge at 8:15am for the 30 minute drive to staging. That also means you need to leave Vernon at 7:00am to make it on time. If you’re going to ride with the “early” Vernon crew be sure to email [email protected] or text 250-550-5290 so we know to look for you.

GKAA & SBR Ride Times & Plans

Kamloops & the Shuswap Riders are going to meet at the store on the right after crossing the Squilax Bridge at 8:45am, departing there at 9:00am for the 30 minute drive to the Crowfoot Snowmobile Club parking lot. Unload and be ready to ride by 9:45-10:00am after a quick rider meeting.

It’s a 5 1/2 hour ride (not including lunch break) and like most rides to elevation it will be a rough and technical ride. We’ll be stopping to chat at lunch time so bring your food and drinks. Remember no drugs or alcohol on club rides.

DIRECTIONS

Squilax to Crowfoot Parking on Google Maps (30 minutes)

Vernon to Squilax Gas Station on Google Maps (1 hour 15 minutes)

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.

Sweet Sugar Lake Sunday Ride

10:00am Sunday August 4, 2019

Riders are going to meet up at the bridge at the south end of Sugar Lake, where Sugar Lake Road first crosses the lake.

Google directions from Vernon to bridge at Sugar Lake

Find yourself a safe area to pull off the road that doesn’t block roads, driveways or other accesses. It takes roughly 1 hour from Vernon to Sugar Lake.

The forecast looks hot so come prepared for hot and dusty conditions plus be mindful of increasing forest fire hazards to bring your fire fighting gear.

We’ll have a BBQ after the ride so throw in a cooler with some burgers, hot dogs or whatnot to grill.

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.

Mara Mountain Lookout Ride

Ride Recap – Perfect weather conditions welcomed the largest ever turnout for a club ride, somewhere between 36-50 quads, side x sides and motorcycles (depending on who was counting at what time during the day) assembled from all parts. Riders from neighbouring clubs and around the interior of BC, other provinces and territories joined the procession up the mountain.

After weeks of rain Sunday delivered a sunny scorcher, good thing because at the lookout elevation it cools off quickly when clouds covers the sun.

Riders exhibited excellent trail etiquette both by staying on the trail at all times and by being courteous to the other trail users which included a hiker and some dirt bikers.

A little surprise for most in attendance, national ice cream day meant ice cream sandwiches were served after lunch.

Doug is ok!
Thanks to the search and rescue and medical personnel that were along on the ride who jumped into action when a rider wasn’t feeling well. After assessing the situation the call was made to press the button on Kevin’s inReach to summon the chopper.

A number of club members helped move Doug to safety so the bulk of the group could head back down the mountain while the medical crew hung around for the helicopter to arrive.

The big bird arrived and within minutes Doug was whisked away and wants everyone to know he’s recovering and appreciates everyone’s help.

9:00am Sunday July 21 Vernon / 9:30am Enderby / 10:00am at Kingfisher FSR

A ride to the top of the world, Mara Mountain Lookout is 7,382 ft (2,250 m) elevation and was chosen as a lookout site due to the commanding view in all directions. It’s national ice cream day so let us know if you’re coming so we can have an ice cream treat for you.

MUST READ: The number 1 rule when riding in the alpine is stay on the trails, REPEAT – STAY ON THE TRAILS! If you ride off the trail you will be reported to the authorities by others in the ride, it’s that important we stay on the trails.

Back to the fun stuff, it’s a fairly short ride (about 60kms) and it’s pretty rough and rocky in spots but the lake below the lookout and the views from the lookout are well worth it.

Bring your lunch, camera, GPS, bug spray and clothing for all conditions. Hopefully it’s a nice sunny day so we can hang out at the lookout for lunch then laze around enjoying the view. Weather changes fast at elevation and even in the summer it could rain or snow at the lookout.

If you’re coming from Vernon we’ll be leaving the Tim Horton’s parking lot on 58th Avenue at 9:00am then stopping at the Enderby Chamber of Commerce office at 9:30 then on to Kingfisher Forest Service Road at 10:00am and ready to ride by 10:30am.

Vernon to Enderby Chamber of Commerce Office – 25 minutes

Enderby Chamber of Commerce to Kingfisher FSR – 30 minutes

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.

Canada Day Rides in Polson Park

All aboard the ATV Club train rides at Polson Park

Loads of fun, the above photo really captures the fun 700+ riders had during their ATV train ride at Polson Park on July 1 as part of the Canada Day celebrations.

The ATV train rain from 10:00am to 4:00pm, taking people from the centre of the park out toward the boardwalk along roads and trails and back. 15 amazing club members volunteered to make this annual fun event happen, thank you!

A huge thanks to BDM Motorsports and Vernon Motorsports for the use of the side x sides to pull the train and for tents to shade the folks lined up for the ride.

CANADA DAY 2019 Help Needed

The ATV Club is part of Canada Day festivities in Polson Park for the fourth year. Last year was our second year with the kiddie train and again it was a hit with over 1,000 going for a ride.

Rides start at 10:00am and go to 4:00pm, we arrive at 8:00am to set up and are usually done and ready to leave by 5:00pm.

To make this year another success we need people to help with:

  • Morning set up of tents, tables, carts
  • Organizing riders into the carts
  • Driving the vehicles pulling the kiddie carts
  • Providing info to people visiting the club display
  • Take down and load out at the end of the day

Use the form below to let us know how you can help make 2019 a success.

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Longest Day BBQ & Ride

5:30pm Saturday June 22

Each year around this time we fire up the barbie and go for an evening ride to enjoy the long hours of sunshine.

The BBQ will be going at 5:30pm at the parking lot at King Eddy Road. Cost is $5 per person, let us know how many people are coming by 5:00pm Friday June 21 using the form below or email [email protected].

The ride will head out at 6:30pm and be back by 9:30/10:00pm but we’ll also have an option for those interested in staying out another hour or two to test their headlights.

You’re welcome to come to the ride if you can’t make the BBQ, or vice versa, pop by the BBQ and skip the ride.

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.

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Irish Creek Count the Mosquitos Ride

10:00am Sunday June 9

Ride Recap: Was a tight trail ride with foliage hanging over us for most of it like a tunnel, mosquitoes were tolerable but the size of bees, hardly any dust because of the rain, visited 3 lakes, Pinaus Lake, Square Lake, Churchill Lake, 11 units and 14 people. Perfect day, perfect ride.Ride Recap:

We’re meeting at Tim Horton’s by Walmart at 9:00am then leaving for Irish Creek at 9:30am, ride starts at 10:00am.

This is going to be a slower ride to wander around, take in the sights, check trail conditions and count the mosquitos (they’re our there, come prepared!).

Directions from Tim Horton’s (by Walmart) to Irish Creek Road – https://goo.gl/maps/LcA5sJxwbCyK9n2p6

Bring gear for all weather, forecast is looks like there could be rain for the weekend. We’ll try to find a recreation site along the ride for washroom facilities will have a fire to cook lunch over.

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.

King Eddy to Postill Lake and Back

10:00am Sunday May 26 Start Time

Leaving the bottom of King Edward Lake Road in Coldstream at 10:00am Sunday May 26.

We need to leave at 10:00am because it will take a bit to get to Postill Lake and once we’re there the trails are rougher and muddier than typical Vernon area trails.

This will be a higher paced ride with speeds on road 50-60kmh to get to Postil Lake and once on the Postill trails they are more technical so this ride isn’t recommended for beginner riders. Some experience is needed for this ride with the trails being intermediate difficulty.

We will be riding past a number of recreation sites so will be able to stop to use the outhouse facilities.

Bring your lunch and riding gear for all conditions as the weather changes more quickly up on the plateau.

If you’re coming up from Lake Country we can meet you at Beaver Lake Lodge at 11:00am.

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.

Grizzly Lake Long Weekend Camping and Rides

Friday-Monday May 17-20

Weekend Recap: A busy long weekend at area recreation sites. We thought heading up Thursday after work we would get our pick of camp sites but lots of folks were already out enjoying the backcountry.

It rained Saturday which meant no dust for the group ride that headed south and east from Grizzly Lake, going by Goat Mountain Lake before descending to Harris Creek then returning up Nicklen FSR by Aberdeen and Haddo Lakes for a 102km ride.

The sun prevailed Sunday as the ride took the group west along Wollaston then over to Brunette and south to Postill Lake for some muddy and rocky technical trails before heading back toward Beaver Lake then home past the Flyfish lakes for a 90km ride. Each evening tall tales and funny stories were exchanged around the campfire before turning in to get ready to do it all again the next day.

Thanks to Abe, Allen and Clint for weaving together their respective trail knowledge to make for two days of fun rides.

Join the club at the Grizzly Lake Recreation Site for a long weekend full of camping, rides and stories around the campfire. The Grizzly Lake camp sites are located at 23km on the Aberdeen Forest Service Road accessed via Learmouth Road in Lavington.

If you’re camping get in touch so we know to save a space for you. We plan on staying at the Canal Campground which is the third road you encounter at the rec site when coming from Lavington.

If you’re coming for rides they will be heading out at 10:00am both Saturday and Sunday. Since we’re starting from Grizzly Lake we’ll be able to explore areas further from our usual King Eddy Road starting spot. Send an email by 5:00pm Friday May 17 if you’re coming for rides so we know to look out for you.

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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.

Mother’s Day Westwold Station Ride

Noon start time, Sunday May 12

Ride Recap: Jim lead an amazing ride along trails that only locals know (thanks Harvey) and to some spectacular viewpoints.

We are riding on Sunday but to allow everyone time with their mother we will start at noon (noon is when the ride leaves the staging area). Station FSR is approximately 50 minutes from Vernon.

Daryll, John and I pre-ran the route on Monday. We ran into Harley who was out checking fences on his ATV. He showed us lots of ATV trails you would never find on your own. The resulting ride was one of the best I have been on in many years. It’s 75% ATV trail with low grass and pretty much dust free, we rode 75km in 5 hours.

There will be a turn around and break at the mid point where we can adjust to ensure we’re back by 5 pm.

The start will on the very bottom of Station Rd FSR in Westwold. Station Rd heads north from highway 97 in the middle of the long straight in Westwold. There is lots of parking just off the road at the bottom and if there is a big turn out, you can park on Station Rd.

We will leave promptly at 12 noon and won’t have a lunch break. There will be a break at the turn around where you can grab a snack. Riding speed overall is low as the ATV trails are narrow. Bring your camera as there are some great views.

If you have any questions email Jim Bowie at [email protected]. It will help if we have some idea of numbers so a quick email would be appreciated.
Jim Bowie

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.