A big turnout for this adventure high into the alpine to see if we can reach the Mara Mtn Lookout to assess its condition, make some repairs and shutter the windows for the coming winter.
Grey skies and precipitation were forecast for the afternoon, as we reached the alpine the snow started coming pretty hard. The ground was still too warm for the snow to stick and it stopped snowing after we were at the lookout a few minutes.
This ride was “the ultimate handyman/handywoman” ride because almost everyone brought their cordless drills, saws and other tools. So many people helping clean, fix, find and locate shutters meant we were done in no time.
Recreation, Sites and Trails BC really appreciates us being able to check on remote sites like this as they have so much to cover with just a few staff. We’re working on plans to head up to the lookout in July or August 2019 to put a fresh coat of paint on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Vernon ATV Club’s third year participating in Canada Day in Polson Park was our most successful yet. In our second year offering rides on the kiddie train approximately 1,000 people of all ages took rides along a longer course than last year’s train ride.
Banner Recreation and Vernon Motorsports provided the tow vehicles this year for the twelve colourful carts. Despite gusty winds and a short spurt of rain families lined up for rides all day and the train continued to run long after all other Canada Day vendors and displays packed up.
The day went without a hitch and we couldn’t have done it without the help of:
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.
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.
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.
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: