Category Archives: Rides

Mara Mtn Ride and Lookout Check

UPDATE September 15 – The ride is on. You voted in favour of braving the conditions to attempt to reach the lookout so get your woolies on because we’re going.

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UPDATE September 13 – You need to vote if you want to go to the lookout this weekend as there is a very high chance there will be snow, possibly enough that we can’t make the lookout.

Vote in the poll or send a message Facebook or email [email protected] if you still want to go.

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Ride: 10:00am Sunday, September 16, 2018
We’d better head to Mara Mtn before the snow. Last year we tried in mid October and were snowed out before the peak so trying in September.
 
The purpose of this ride is to check out the forestry lookout and ensure it’s ready to go into the winter. We check for shutters on the windows, damage to the structure, etc that we can fix so snow isn’t getting in the building or causing further damage.
 
The ride is a bit rough in spots but the view is well worth it, if you haven’t been to Mara Mtn before it’s almost bucketlist worthy.
 
Contact us through Facebook or by email ([email protected]) if you are coming and have hand tools you can bring like battery powered saw, drill, screwdriver, etc or a small generator and corded tools. We’ll bring some building materials to patch holes, cut new shutters if needed.
 
For anyone driving from Vernon we’ll be leaving the Tim Horton’s by Walmart at 8:30am Sunday, September 16, briefly stopping east of the bridge on Cliff Avenue in Enderby to gather up locals at 9:00am then ready to ride on 3 Valley Mabel FSR at 10:00am. Click here for map and directions.
 
This ride reaches up to 7,400 ft elevation so bring enough clothes for a surprise snow storm and brisk winds.
 
Message on Facebook or email if you’d like to carpool.

250km Marathon Ride

Ride: 8:00am Sunday, September 30, 2018
Hold up – this ride is not for everyone! Read the rules of the ride to see if you should attend. 
 
RULES OF THE RIDE:
  • 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
  • There will be fewer/shorter breaks than normal club rides

Ok, so you’re up for the ride? Read on then!

Starting at 8:00am Sunday, September 30 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 we’ll be riding. 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 there is one section of 30+ minutes of FSR done at cruising speed (65kmh minimum) so the drone of the engine gets tiring.

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’ll try to stop and smell the flowers as much as possible but need to keep a brisk pace.

We reach 6,000ft elevation along the route so bring cold/wet weather riding gear.

Bolean Lake Camping & Rides

Vernon ATV Club members enjoyed a relaxing weekend at Bolean Lake Lodge enjoying the tranquil lakeside accommodations and exploring the countless miles of trails. Lots of smiles and stories shared over the weekend, we look forward to going back again sometime.

Thursday September, 6 through Sunday, September 9

Come for the weekend or come for the day, the club will be camped out at Bolean Lake Lodge from Thursday, September 6 though Sunday September 9.

Lots of people have signed up for camping and riding at Bolean Lake. Some folks are heading out Thursday, others just coming out for rides over the weekend, it’s up to you.

If you’re thinking of riding for the day we recommend you let us know you’re coming and show up by 10:00am so you can join in on the rides. Maybe you’re up for fishing or just telling stories, we look forward to seeing you!

If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation or are an individual looking to share lodging get in touch by email and we’ll see if there are any open spaces or opportunities to fit you in a cabin or tent. Accommodation options include cabins and campsites, there is fishing and access to ATV trails right from the campsite.

Check out your lodging options on the Bolean Lake website

To make your own lodging booking call or text Bolean Lake Lodge at 604-614-6121.

Irish Creek Ride – Bison Ten Yell Day?

Ride Recap: it’s like we all missed riding this summer. 18 machines and 22 people were out for the ride to break the Irish Creek curse (meaning we made it through to Pinaus Lake!).

A bit of excitement getting past one of the washout spots on the trail but all made it through safely thanks to quick action and nifty winching.

Oh boy are there some strange day names out there!

Meet at Irish Creek Road off Hwy 97 (here’s a map and directions) at 10:00am on Sunday, September 2.

Should be great conditions with the recent rains and cooler temperatures, a perfect segway from hot and smoky to primetime ATV season.

Everyone is welcome on club rides, even if you’re not a member come out to meet new people and find some trails to see if you want to join the club. Rides typically last until mid-afternoon (3 or 4pm) so bring a lunch, riding gear for a range of conditions and safety clothing.

Longest Day of the Year Ride 2018

An annual tradition, we head out for an evening ride to soak up all the evening rays we can. We’ll be leaving the bottom of King Eddy Rd at 6:00pm Thursday, June 21 for a tour of the Aberdeen Plateau.

The ride will suitable for beginner/intermediate level experience with speeds up to 50kmh on the main roads, slower on trails. We’ll be back down by 9:30-10:00pm, just before it gets dark enough to really need headlights.

Bugs are out so bring bug spray, a snack and a drink for one or more stops along the way.

Irish Creek Ride Sunday

Steve’s report on the ride: Good ride but soaked, cold, and dead end. 7 of us started out, Jason broke down and went home, quite a bit of tree cutting, some huge, Daniel had his chainsaw. Barely got by first washout, second one 1/4 mile farther quads could have made, but badly undercut, so we turned around. Kept raining until we got back to stage area, then nice, 1 billion mosquitoes, 1 bear. Great ride!

Join Steve on another exploration of the trails of the North Okanagan. Meet up this Sunday, June 10 at the Tim Hortons by Walmart at 9:30am or drive to Irish Creek for 9:45.

Click here for directions to Irish Creek Road staging area.

Be aware this is a rural neighbourhood so ensure the road is not blocked and don’t be a jerko, keep the noise down and no burnouts on the roads.

Kelowna Poker Ride – June 3, 2018

A really fun ride, thanks to all the Kelowna ATV Club and Okanagan Trail Riders Association volunteers who put together a great poker ride. The poker ride markers were nicely spread across the Bear Creek trails so we rode lots of trails we’d never ridden before.
Kelowna ATV Club and the Bear Creek OHV Riders will hold a “Poker Ride & BBQ” at the Bear Creek OHV Riding Area on Sunday 3 June 2018. The ride is open to all club members and riders from the Summerland ATV Club, Vernon ATV Club and ATV riders from the Okanagan Trail Riders Association.
Please note the trails at Bear Creek are limited to machines less than 50″ wide.
 
Meet at 10:00am at Bear Creek’s Aspen Trail Head & Campsite to sign up and get ready https://www.okanagantrailriders.com/maps .
 
Trail fees are $15 for a day pass. The Kelowna ATV Club will subsidize it’s members for 50% of the cost ($7.50). Passes can be purchased at the Trail Head or online at the Okanagan Trail Riders Association online store https://www.okanagantrailriders.com/online-store/ .
 
The BBQ will be held in the afternoon at the Campsite starting at approximately 3:00pm. The cost will be $5.00 for anybody wishing to attend. The menu will be hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad and a pop. Paper cups, plates and utensils will be provided.
 
The cost to play poker will be $10 for a single hand and $25 for three hands. The fees will be pooled and distributed as prize money. Playing poker is optional in case you would just prefer to ride and attend the BBQ.
 
Please RSVP by email not later than 26 May if you wish to attend. Reply as follows:

Arrow Lakes ATV Club Family Fun, Poker Ride, Point 2 Point Ride & GPS Challenge

Arrow lakes ATV Club will hold their annual Poker Ride again this year. Folks will be camping at the staging area from Wednesday, June 13th to Monday June 18th . The registration for the ride is Sunday, June 17th , from 9:00am till 10:00am. We hope to award the prizes and have our BBQ (by donation) from 4:00 pm on.

The staging area for the ride is at N50 06.863’ W117 54.499’. When you get off of the Arrow Park Ferry stay left and follow Stevens Road for 1km to the Old Sawmill on the right.

If you are planning to camp be aware that the clearance on the Arrow Park ferry is questionable. We have planks to help folks get their trailers on and off the ferry. 25 to 30 foot trailer is the max that can load.

Again, this year we will have a Point 2 Point ride, along with the poker ride. The Point 2 Point ride is free. The Point 2 Point ride is a bit of a hunt. Along the trail there will be a number of objects that should not be there. You are to record these objects that do not “belong in the wild”. Prizes will be awarded. Bring your lunch, water/juice, rain gear, camera and a chair for the BBQ.

There will also be an opportunity to use your GPS. GPS points have been set out and you can ride at your convenience, from Wednesday to Saturday. If you have a GPS this is your chance to use it and to explore the area. Bring your GPS and join in the fun!

Folks will be camping at the staging area. There are no facilities here so you need to be self contained. Everyone is welcome. Folks will be riding on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you are a geocacher there are lots of caches to find. You can also participate in our GPS rides. On Friday and Saturday, we will need to set up trail signs and do a small amount of trail work. There is active logging in the area during the week so we will have to stay out of their way.

Friday morning, before riding and trail work, there will be a community pancake breakfast. If you are coming for the day plan to arrive by 8:00am so you can enjoy breakfast with us.

On Saturday there is a Ladies ride. We will have a pot luck supper on Saturday. Bring your own meat to cook, and a salad or dessert to share with the group.

This year out theme is “Christmas” so bring a wreath for your trailer and some Christmas baking!

If you have any questions please call Pat Knecht @ 250-265-3368, Linda VanImmerzeel at 250-265-4522