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.

World Laughter Ride – Noble Canyon

10:30am Sunday May 5

Ride Recap: Was a great ride and we laughed a lot, at the dead end trails. 18 units in all.

Meeting at the cattleguard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road at 10:30am. This fun filled theme day ride will have you laughing in your helmet as we explore the trails overlooking Vernon, Coldstream and Lumby.

Bring your lunch, we’ll have a campfire at lunch to warm up and roast some hotdogs.

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.

GPS Training Ride

11:00am Saturday April 27 – King Eddy Road

GPS Training Recap – 8 brave riders ventured out into the sucky Saturday morning weather which included heavy snow with accumulations of 4-6″ at King Eddy.

All the hidden coordinates were found except the bonus location. We’ll try to run the course again when the weather improves.

Thanks Bob for the photos!

Yes we’re going to King Eddy again. Before you roll your eyes, we chose King Eddy because it is centrally located and has abundant parking where we can hold the BBQ and Club Meeting in the evening.

Download a GPS Track (GPX File) of the trails used for the training course.

Come out to learn how to run your GPS and build your confidence in finding your way out and back. If you don’t have a GPS you can ride with a buddy or just come out and we’ll pair you up with someone.

Experienced GPS users are invited to attend, we’d like to pair you up with an inexperienced GPS user to help them find their way.

What to bring:

  • your GPS
  • GPS handlebar mount so you can navigate and ride
  • charge cables or batteries to keep your GPS running for 4+ hours
  • your laptop computer (if you have one) so we can look at the software used to transfer files to your GPS

Hang around after the GPS Training for the BBQ and the short Club Meeting, also being held at King Eddy starting around 6:00pm.

Rides 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.

Spring ATV Club Meeting & BBQ

6:00pm Saturday, April 27, 2019 – King Eddy Road

BBQ & Meeting Recap – the weather improved somewhat by the afternoon but it was still windy with the occasional snowflake flying by as the hardy club members hunkered down behind Jason’s Toyota parked to attempt to block the wind.

A big turnout for the evening meeting, thanks to everyone for your valuable feedback as we discussed where we’ve been and where the club is going.

Thanks Bob and Michael for the photos!

Come for the GPS Training at 11:00am or just pop by for the BBQ and Club Meeting. For those who haven’t had enough riding there will be a night ride after the meeting.

Please let us know how many people are attending the BBQ by 4:30pm Friday, April 26 using the form below, email [email protected] or text 250-550-5290.

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Pinaus Lake Ride

10:30am, Sunday April 28 – Pinaus Lake Rd

Pinaus Ride Recap – a giant turnout of 28 machines and 31 riders for an excellent and extremely well organized ride of the hills and trails near Pinaus Lake. Riding past a number of lakes and to picturesque recreation sites and fishing lakes.

Download the GPS track so you can check out this amazing riding area with your riding buddies.

Heading out from the bottom of Pinaus Lake Road at 10:30am to explore the mountains around Pinaus Lake and the west side of Okanagan Lake.

Meet at the bottom of the main Pinaus Lake Road, not the shortcut by the meat packing plant (also known as Pinaus Lake Road) – Google Directions

We would normally start at Irish Creek Road for this ride but with early season snow conditions and the road washout we encountered last year we’re taking a different approach to get to the Pinaus Lake area.

Come prepared for spring riding conditions which can include rain and snow. Pack a lunch, we typically have a campfire to warm up and cook a hot dog or two during our lunch break.

Ride Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Much of the ride will be on FSR (Forest Service Road), we will attempt to find as much trail as possible to get off the FSR. If a difficult section of trail is encountered the group will either ride around or assist riders to get through the difficult spots.

Bathroom Facilities: there are forestry recreation sites in the area with outhouses. Please advise the ride leader if you want to stop at the outhouse so they can make it part of the ride route. Remember to bring your own toilet paper as it may not be in the outhouse.

Rides 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.

Friday Night Mount Ida Ride

6:00pm Friday, April 12, 2019

Ride Recap: Another fun evening outing, this time at a location we’ve only done once a couple of years ago.

10 machines out including 4 new faces, great to have you along for the ride!

Not all club rides are going to be night rides, but it sure is nice being able to squeak a ride in after work!

Checking out Mt Ida with an after work ride. Make sure you’re headlights are working as we’ll be out for a couple of hours and will be getting close to dark, or in the dark when we finish up.

If you want to join the convoy from Vernon we’ll be leaving the parking lot by the Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue at 5:10pm.

Map to staging area off Deep Creek Road

Directions to staging area:

  • From Vernon: head north on Hwy 97A, after Enderby take the 97C intersection toward Salmon Arm. Turn left on Deep Creek Road and drive 3.5kms where you turn right onto the Forest Service Road, drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.
  • From Armstrong: head West on Wood Avenue across the tracks and continue on Salmon River Road, look for the intersection where you turn right onto Knob Hill Road. Knob Hill Road turns into Deep Creek Road when it crosses Hullcar Road, continue 11kms to the Forest Service Road on your left then drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.
  • From Salmon Arm: take Hwy 1 East from town, turn right onto Hwy 97C and continue 10km where you turn right onto Deep Creek Road. Drive 3.5kms where you turn right onto the Forest Service Road, drive 500m up the hill to the T in the road and look for a parking spot alongside the road.

Rides 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.

Turn your Lights on Saturday Evening Ride

Starts 6:00pm Saturday April 5 – Noble Canyon Road

Ride Recap: Fun on the trails around Noble Canyon and Becker Lake Saturday night.

Marc lead the way up the powerline trails which aren’t quite rideable yet, another week or two and they’ll be snow free. Visits to the lookout overlooking the Coldstream Valley, Kalamalka Lake and the radio tower overlooking the city before heading back using the trail around Becker Lake.

Lee popped a tire off the bead so some late night tire installation before heading down.

A good ride with some regulars and a few new members. Stay tuned for more night rides!

Check your headlights, we’ll be needing them for this evening ride at Noble Canyon. The ride departs the cattlegaurd at 6:00pm Saturday, April 6.

Unload past the cattleguard then park your car/truck along the road on the highway side of the cattlegaurd.

We’ll explore the Becker Lake side of the canyon and plan on taking in the city lights. Forecast is says showers or rain so bring your wet weather gear.

Rides 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.

2019 Member Survey

The Vernon ATV Club has one of the largest memberships in the province. Currently we have more than 150 members. However, only a small minority of members participate in club rides and other club activities.

We would appreciate your feedback on this matter. Perhaps there are some things that we could do to provide activities that more members would choose to participate in, so please take a minute or two to respond to the following questions. We will publish the results in an upcoming edition of the weekly email.

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Chocolate Covered Raisins King Eddy Ride

Chocolate covered raisins ride showed us that the snow is pretty rotten right now, stay on the trails and roads.

10:00am Sunday March 24 – King Edward Lake Road

Another one of our “day of the year” rides, March 24 is National Chocolate Covered Raisins ride so grab your Glosettes and see you at 10:00am for a good ride on the Aberdeen Plateau.

Roads can be slippery at this time of year, be mindful that daytime melting turn the roads into skating rinks overnight and into the morning hours.

We’ll be going by King Edward Lake Rec Site on the way up and back where there is an outhouse (there wasn’t any TP a couple of weeks ago so bring your own).

Come prepared for spring/winter riding conditions, we’ll have a campfire so pack a lunch and bring your camera for the views we find.

Rides 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.