Trail Maintenance with Vernon Snowmobile Association

Recap: A busy days on the VSA and Trinity Ricardo Trails. Our hard working crew was assigned to remove downed trees and check sign condition on a portion of the trails.

Thanks to Kevin from VSA/SAR for organizing the day and the VSA volunteers for a great BBQ lunch!

The photo with Andrew being shamed is for possibly blowing up his quad’s engine and needing a tow home.

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.