GPS Coordinates for Scavenger Hunt

We’ve had a number of people enter the coordinates from the Scavenger Hunt Score Card only to find the points showing in the middle of Kalamalka Lake, Downtown Vernon, etc. which is not where we hid them, promise!

The format we used in the score card is called Decimal Degrees (DD) .

50.18966 -119.1807

If you have been navigating since paper maps you’re likely most familiar with Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS).

N50°11’22.776″ W119°10’50.52″

Or you may prefer Degrees and Decimal Minutes (DDM).

N50°11.3796 W119°10.842

The three formats look different but they all represent the exact same spot on earth. Where we run into problems is if the GPS is expecting one format but we enter the information from another format.

Scavenger Hunt Rides

10:00am Sunday May 24 – King Eddy FSR

Sunday is National Scavenger Hunt Day but you can start now to find the hidden markers around the King Eddy/Aberdeen Plateau.

There are two options:

  1. GPS Scavenger Hunt
  2. Guided Ride with Scavenger Hunt Stops (scroll down for info)
    10:00am Start Sunday May 24 @ King Eddy FSR

GPS Scavenger Hunt

Start now to try to locate all 28 hidden coordinates. You’ll need a GPS, the score card, pen and camera to score maximum points!

Download the Scavenger Hunt Score Card

How Does it Work?
Use your GPS to find the hidden coordinates, write down the number from the laminated card attached to the tree and for bonus points take a selfie (that means you in the photo) with the location number.

Downloads (links removed after ride completed)

  • Download the Scavenger Hunt Score Card – PDF
    Please see our post about GPS formats if you don’t recognize the coordinate format we’ve used.
  • Download the Coordinates – GPX
    Coordinate waypoints are named SCVG A, SCVG B, etc.

Points

  • One Point will be awarded for each correct number/coordinate combination. Share a photo of your completed card for scoring.
  • One Bonus Point will be awarded for each laminated card you take a selfie with.
  • Five Bonus Points will be awarded to riders that take a selfie with the trash they find and pack out.

Share your photos on Facebook or Instagram and tag @vernonatvclub OR email your photos to [email protected]

Prizes
ATVBC’s Annual Raffle is your chance to win a Polaris RZR Trail or $15,000 cash. One ticket will be awarded for each of the following:

  • Highest Score
  • Best Selfie with Garbage Packed Out
  • Random Draw Prize for All Participants

Deadline
All entries must be posted to Facebook or Instragram (and tagged with @vernonatvclub) or emailed to [email protected] by 6:00pm Monday May 25.

Guided Ride with Scavenger Hunt Stops

Steve will be leading a ride starting at 10:00am Sunday May 24 from the bottom of King Eddy FSR with stops to let riders seek out hidden scavenger treasures.

Prizes (ATVBC Raffle Tickets) will be awarded to the rider that finds the most hidden trinkets and a random draw for all riders. 

Remember we’re still living in COVID times so keep a safe distance from other riders at all times.

This event is open to everyone who wants to attend, you don’t need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to participate.

If you are out in the forest and spot one of these tags please leave them in place so everyone can play.

Harris Creek Recon Ride

Harris Creek to Kettle FSR Ride

Last weekend a handful of riders headed to Harris Creek to investigate reports the roads had been plowed for logging this winter meaning there should be a decent amount of snow free road riding at a minimum.

Arriving early in the morning (and keeping our distance at all times) we were the first riders to arrive and unload. After trying some side roads that were either blocked by snow or fallen trees, we returned to Harris Creek FSR then headed south to Home and Gunnar Roads which lead all the way to the Kettle FSR for a roadside campfire lunch break.

There are spectacular views along the way and the ride was still challenging due to the deep mud in spots from the 8′ high snowbanks melting onto the road. If you’re considering this trip you may need extra fuel to complete the trip to Kettle FSR and back because of the thick mud.

Harris Creek staging is approximately 10km from the 4 way stop in Lumby (Google Map Directions). It’s a wide forest service road with ample pullouts and flat areas to park and unload.

Click to view or download a GPX track of the ride

Click to view and download a GPX track of the ride

It was encouraging to see a large number of families out enjoying a spectacular Sunday in the forest.

Everyone we saw was riding responsibly and keeping their distance. Keep up the great work showing how responsible motorized recreation is a safe way to get out during these trying times.

Keep your Distance Ride

11:00am start – Sunday March 29 @ Noble Canyon

IMPORTANT NOTE: Riders must comply with these rules to participate:

  1. Maintain a minimum of 2m (6′) from other people at all times.
  2. If you are isolating or quarantined – do not come on the ride.
  3. If you are exhibiting symptoms – do not come on the ride.
  4. If you are in a high-risk health group – do not come on the ride.
  5. If you want to ride like an idiot – do not come on the ride.

The ride could still be cancelled so check the club website and Facebook Sunday morning before heading to Noble Canyon.

The ride will start at 11:00am Sunday March 29 from the cattleguard at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road. Remember to keep a minimum of 2m (6′) from other riders when unloading and getting ready for the ride. No hugs, handshakes, high fives or fist bumps, that’s too close!

We recognize some people may be getting squirrelly from being home for a couple of weeks but this is a slow ride to “smell the flowers”.

This ride will be a very leisurely logging road ride, in fact it will probably be boring for most folks. As stated before, reckless riding is not welcome as there will be no rescues or putting SAR or emergency personnel at risk. We are going to enjoy the outdoors and take in some easily accessible viewpoints.  We are not going anywhere we may get stuck as there will be no groups of people helping push/pull stuck riders. 

There will not be a lunch campfire.

The End of Time Ride (Standard Time that is)

10:00am Sunday March 8 – Noble Canyon Road

Daylight Savings begins this weekend so we kiss Standard Time goodbye with a ride. Meet at the cattleguard at Noble Canyon Road in Lavington at 10:00am. Remember to spring ahead an hour for Sunday’s ride!

The sun is out but there has been more snow than normal this year so there will still be lots of chances to get stuck, especially if you venture off the packed trails. Noble Canyon has seen a lot of ATV traffic this winter so there are well packed trails, we’ll see how far we can get.

Come prepared for winter riding, bring lunch and your camera. We try to have a fire but it isn’t always possible in winter conditions so keep that in mind for your lunch.

Club rides are open to everyone and the more the merrier so invite your friends.

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.

Do a Grouch a Favour Ride Day at Noble Canyon

Starting Sunday February 16 at 11:00am

Do a Grouch a Favour Day is a great excuse to get out of the funk you’re in. You might be grouchy because it’s been too cold, there’s too much snow, it’s too grey, too much Christmas credit card debt or maybe you’re just generally grumpy.

Come on out for the 11:00am start at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road to shake off the case of the grumps you’ve got.

Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to come out on a few rides. Meet other riders, discover new trails and turn that frown upside down with some ATV therapy.

The ride will be in winter conditions so come prepared for cold, snowy, wet and nasty and we’ll hope it’s not that bad. We usually try to have a lunch campfire so bring something to toast over the fire.

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.

Starting 2020 Right Ride

11:00am Start at Noble Canyon Road

An annual tradition of the Vernon ATV Club is to ride on January 1 to ring in the new year and shake off the cobwebs of the night before. We’re meeting at Noble Canyon again this year because the road to Becker Lake is plowed and there has been a lot of ATV activity on the trails so we’ll have no shortage of trail options.

Set your alarm so you’re not late for our 11:00am start. Noble Canyon Road is 17km east of Vernon on Highway 6. You can park your vehicle along the 1st km of road but unload at the cattleguard then go and park without blocking any driveways.

We’ll cover as much trail as we can and stop for a lunch break with a fire so bring something to roast in the new year.

Everyone is welcome to attend, the Vernon ATV Club invites you to attend a couple of rides to meet other riders, find new trails and get a sense of what the club is all about.

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.

Fading Light Ride

3:00pm Saturday December 28 at Noble Canyon

The Noble Canyon trails are amazing this winter and the night rides last weekend were a big hit with the riders that came out.

Meet at the bottom of Noble Canyon Road, 17kms east of Vernon for a ride that starts in the daylight then continues through dusk into a night time ride. The ride departs at 3:30pm and should wrap up by 8:00pm (as decided by riders in attendance).

Unload your machine at the cattleguard at 1km then park your vehicle along the 1st km of road (between the cattleguard and the highway). This is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and keep noise to a minimum at all times.

Come prepared for winter conditions and ensure your headlights are working!

Christmas Holiday 2019 Trail Conditions

If you’re looking for somewhere to ride your quad or side x side this Christmas holiday season the Noble Canyon trails are calling you.

Noble Canyon Road is approximately 17km east of Vernon Highway 6. There is parking along Noble Canyon Road before the cattleguard at 1km but ATVs must be unloaded beyond the cattleguard. This is a residential road so don’t block any driveways and keep the noise down. There are parking spots further along Noble Canyon Road up to and just past the 3km mark. There is a steep switchback just past 3km which may not be passable in snowy conditions with a trailer in tow.

Becker Lake side – the road is plowed all the way to Becker Lake because of logging (watch for industrial vehicle traffic, especially on weekdays). Packed trails extend off in every direction from the plowed road with lots of ATV traffic evident providing great riding conditions and access to most of the riding area.

Bardolph Lake side – the road isn’t plowed but lots of ATV traffic has a main trail well packed all the way to the Village of Lumby.

Winter Riding Tips

Low temperatures and the increased risk of getting stuck means it’s extra important you’re prepared when winter ATV riding. Some things to remember before heading out for a fun winter ride:

  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back (use a tool like the AdventureSmart website or app to share your ride plans).
  • Always ride with someone else, safety in numbers!
  • Go prepared for winter conditions, dress warmly in layers and take extra clothing.
  • Take extra food and drink in case you are out longer than intended.
  • Take retrieval equipment including a shovel, tow strap and make sure your vehicle’s winch is working.
  • Pack winter emergency gear including: extra warm clothes and gloves/mitts, a sleeping bag or space blankets, matches and candles and a signalling device.