Category Archives: Rides

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 .
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 .
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


Kelly Mountain Sunday Spin

Another great ride Steve, thanks for all the rides you lead!

Join Steve at Kelly Mountain Sunday, May 27 at 10:00am for a ride to the towers and wherever else the trail may go.

Click here for a map to the staging area.

It’s national sunscreen day and you should bring some as the forecast is for continued hot and sunny conditions.

Club rides are open to anyone, feel free to come out for a couple of rides to try the club, meet some riding buddies and find new trails.

Spring GPS Training at Noble Canyon

GPS Training Recap
Thanks Grahame for putting on an informative GPS Training course. The attendees soaked up Grahame’s teachings and after a bit of wandering back and forth looking for the first hidden coordinate, they quickly picked up the scent and found their remaining waypoints.

After the training a few riders hung around and we meandered the trails out to Cooper’s Launch to watch the paragliders take off then tried to skirt the edge of Silver Star park but were thwarted by snow at 1250m.

We’ll be doing another training course to get more people up to speed, stay tuned!

It’s one of the most important devices to have with you in the backcountry but do you really know how to use your GPS?

Starting at 10:00am at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road Sunday, May 13.  The course will start from scratch and cover:

  • creating waypoints
  • navigating to waypoints
  • creating a track of your ride

Bring a lunch, your GPS (or come with someone with a GPS) and your all-terrain vehicle. Members, friends and the general public is welcome to attend.

It would be helpful if you’re able to familiarize yourself with your GPS functions by reading the manual or watching something on Youtube, but it’s not critical. Get in touch if you have any questions.

Sunday Ride at King Eddy

Join Steve this Sunday, May 6 at 10:00am at King Eddy Road. It’s National Beverage day so bring your favourite non-alcoholic beverage for the breaks.

Everyone is welcome to attend, it doesn’t matter if you’re a member or new to the area. Come out to see what club rides are all about and meet other riders.

Rides at this time of year will be suitable for beginner to intermediate skill riders. There is a mix of forest service road riding, trails that have melted out and snow covered trails.

Bear Creek Ride and Trail Clearing

Ride Recap
A fun day on the trails at Bear Creek Kelowna with a bit of trail work thrown in for good measure.

The first trail work we ran into was water running down the trail instead so we redug a couple of the water control structures to prevent further trail erosion (note to self, remember a shovel next time!).

Someone had already bucked logs along the first bit of trail #1 but after checking out the radio towers on Blue Grouse Mtn we started getting into more snow then downed trees. After lunch in a clearing overlooking the city we trudged on through the snow until we came across a steep downhill with a number of trees across it. It was getting late in the afternoon and our progress had slowed to a walk so we turned around and took almost 2 hours to climb the 50 metres back up the steep slope.

Watch for more rides at Bear Creek or check out the Okanagan Trail Riders Association page to get in touch with them for other ride/volunteer opportunities.

Check out the GPS Track

We’re joining the Kelowna ATV Club at Bear Creek on Sunday, April 29, ready to ride at 10:00am sharp at the Aspen Trailhead.

Bring your chainsaw or handsaw and necessary safety gear. We’ll be clearing blowdown as we encounter it on the trails. Trail fees are waived for the ride in exchange for our work on the trails.

For those needing a ride to Kelowna there are 3 spots for machines and riders on my trailer, let me know if you want to hop on. We’ll be leaving the DND parade ground parking lot at 8:30am Sunday morning for the drive to Bear Creek and should be back in Vernon around 5:30pm.


Sunday Ride – the Chocolate Covered Raisin Ride

Thanks Steve for leading another great early season ride. A big turnout of riders again, reports are the snow is melting fast but why didn’t anyone have toasted chocolate covered raisins for lunch?

When pressed for a name we resort to looking up what national day it is, so now you’ll remember that March 25 is national Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. Last ride was the waffle ride and we had folks toasting waffles over the fire, stay tuned to see what happens with the Glosettes this weekend.

Riding will be limited to the graded roads, straying too far from plowed roads means getting really stuck this winter. Beginner riders and up are welcome on this ride, the only thing to be aware of is it can be slick from 0-10km on King Eddy Road as it hides in the shade much of the day.

Bring your friends, members and non-members are all invited to come out. If you’re not a member but want to check out the club come out to see some new trails and meet riding buddies.