Noble Canyon Cactus Ridge Ride

Ride Recap: Good fun on the snowy trails this past Sunday. It was great to have Steve back leading rides after a busy summer away, his first ride back started a bit later after a few machines experienced dead batteries and low tires after a summer of neglect. 

11 riders in 10 machines started out in brisk conditions that didn’t warm up much until late in the afternoon. Perfect early winter riding with up to 10″ of snow in places making for smooth trails and fun factor without danger of getting stuck.

10:00am Start Sunday October 25 Noble Canyon

Ready to ride at 10:00am at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road in Lavington. Remember to unload past the cattleguard then park your vehicle back alongside the road toward the highway.

This is a leisurely ride with approximately 6 or 7 stops throughout the day. The goal is to head up to Cactus Ridge, the hang glider launch and then hopefully make it back to Becker Lake and back down by 5:00pm.

Ride speeds will range from 30kmh on trails to 50kmh on roads will be suitable for upper beginner/intermediate level riders and up. A single tank of fuel will be adequate for the entire ride.

We’ll have a campfire at lunch so bring something to cook over the fire. The ride will go past one or more recreation sites for outhouse stops during the ride.

Vernon ATV Club 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 2

10:00am Sunday October 25 – Mt Ida

Meet at Mt Ida staging off Deep Creek Road at 10:00am. If you’re coming from Vernon the convoy leaves the Tim Hortons on 58th Avenue at 9:00am.

The first hour or two will be theory and discussion 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 (the club brings coffee and donuts for the morning)
  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 including: emergency gear/first aid kit/repair kit

Please register by email to [email protected] by 5:00pm Friday, reference materials will be emailed to participants Friday evening.

Ride difficulty will range from FSR to technical trails rated up to intermediate difficulty. One tank of fuel will be more than enough for the amount of riding done during the day. We may not ride by an outhouse so come prepared to do your business in the bushes.

Weather never stops the Vernon ATV Club, even if it’s raining or snowing the event goes on. Once we’ve posted a ride/event it’s going to happen so come prepared for a good time!

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

King Eddy Trail Maintenance

Thanks to these 11 brave souls who came out on a snowy and soggy Sunday morning to trim back the alder and branches on the Rock Spine Trail.

10:00am Start Sunday October 18

A couple of trails are getting pretty tight with alder doing what alder does best. We’ll spend a couple of hours of trimming the bush back to restore the trails to rideable condition then we’ll hit the trails after lunch for some quality ride time.

The club owns a couple brush saws (weed wackers with blades) and a pole saw that we’ll bring. We will may need a couple chain saws as well but we’ll also need people to throw the trimmings off the trail.

Safety is our top priority, bring all appropriate personal protective equipment if you are going to be operating power equipment. COVID-19 is still a reality so everyone needs to keep their distance throughout the day and stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Bring something for lunch, we’ll have a campfire to roast food and warm up by. Remember at this time of year and elevation the weather changes fast so bring clothing for all conditions.

The ride portion will be on FSR and trails ranging from Green (Beginner) to Blue (Intermediate) experience levels. Assistance is available to get riders through should we encounter a difficult obstacle along the ride.

Speeds will range from low speed trails up to 50/60kmh on FSR sections. A single tank of fuel will be sufficient for the anticipated ride distance of less than 80kms.

There are numerous recreation sites along the ride so outhouses will be available if needed.

Vernon ATV Club 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.