8 units showed up for the ride for a total of 10 people and a dog.
The ride started off with Mark taking the lead because he knew of a great trail to reach the power lines. It was great and twisty, steep, and rocky, we loved it!
Mark continued to lead on the power line trails, then we took a side trip and looked down on Falkland from the mountain tops. After enjoying the view we headed off to Spanish Lake, met some campers and shared their camp fire for lunch.
After everyone enjoyed their lunch break Steve took the lead up the road to Spa Lake which had lots of switchbacks to drift around leaving everyone pumped up at the top.
From Spa we went back to Arthur Lake, and I followed the GPS and hoped it was going to take us out somewhere close to the Staging Area. Great trail and made it back eventually, the best kind of ride – exploring the unknown trails!
Will do again to find a different route to Spa and back now that we’ve mapped some of the trails.
10:00am Sunday, May 29th – Ride to Spa Lake, meet Steve at the parking area at McTavish Road off Salmon River Road – Google Directions from Vernon
We’ll have a campfire so bring something to cook over the fire.
From Vernon take Highway 97 towards Falkland, turn right onto Salmon River Road and go 2km, turn left onto Yankee Flats Road and go 400m to intersection with McTavish Road, go straight onto McTavish Road and continue 750m and take the right fork when you see the gravel pit, parking is an open field on your right.
Twelve members of the Vernon ATV Club rounded up 1260kg of garbage that took 3 trucks and 2 trailers to transport to the dump. We also retrieved a burnt up trailer that had been dumped over the side of one of the switchbacks, the trailer went separately to metal recycling.
The morning started off with light rain but the day cleared up as we worked and turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon. Garbage was collected from the bottom of King Eddy Road up to 7km then we jumped to the Bear Lake and Aberdeen Lake Rec sites where we picked up a number of TVs, mattresses and random junk.
The final tally amongst the 1260kg taken to the landfill included:
Join us at the sort yard on King Eddy Road for the May long weekend. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members – so if you enjoy ATV, UTVing come out to meet some like-minded folks and have fun.
The sort yard is the gate to the left of the cattleguard, watch for the yellow ATV sign pointing the way. The gate opens at 3:00pm on Friday afternoon for campers to arrive and start setting up then hang out around the campfire in the evening.
Saturday morning is when the fun starts with a cleanup along King Eddy Road. Bring your ATV, UTV or truck as we head up the road gathering all the stuff people have discarded. We’ll need a couple of trucks for transporting the garbage to the landfill. If we get done before evening we may squeak a ride in.
Saturday afternoon there is a BBQ, it’s free for cleanup volunteers and $5 per person for everyone else. You’ll find burgers, chips & dip, salad, veggies and drinks. The BBQ will be followed by a meeting to catch everyone up on club activities.
Sunday morning is ride time, join us as we head up onto the Aberdeen plateau for some riding.
Friday, May 20
3:00pm – sort yard opens for anyone wanting to camp
7:00pm – evening campfire
10:00pm – gate closed for the night
Saturday, May 21
10:00am – cleanup starts along King Eddy FSR (details below)
What a day for a ride with Vernon socked in its mid-winter grey coat. We quickly climbed above the clouds and were treated to bright blue skies and a seascape of clouds covering the city below.
Both wheeled and tracked machines along for the ride. Some people took the opportunity to try a tracked quad for the first time and bad luck for Verne he got sucked off the side of the road and down into the deep snow in the ditch. When tracked quads get stuck they’re really stuck and no amount of pushing, pulling, winching or advice was breaking it free until the shovels came out to dig the Grizzly free.
Great ride crew, stay tuned for details of our next ride on the February 6/7 weekend!
Ride heads out at 11:00am, Sunday, January 24 from the bottom of Noble Canyon Road in Lavington. With the warmer temperature recently we may have some crispy crunchy snow to ride on… but that’s over a week away so who knows.
Bring the usual winter riding gear, your lunch at the campfire and a small shovel and tow strap is advised. More details next week.
Join us Sunday morning at Noble Canyon Road as we look for the snow. Ride will depart at 10:30am sharp(ish), dress warm and dry, bring your camera, lunch, fire starter, etc. as we’ll stop for a campfire lunch along the way. Aiming to be back down around 2:30pm.
There will be a Christmas tree hunt on Sunday, November 22, at King Eddie launch. Meet at unloading area at 10:00 then off to bag a tree. Bring a lunch, we will have a fire, and dress warm.
After capturing the tree, it will be decorated at the club house. Everyone please come and enjoy setting up and decorating. Chili and buns will be served for supper at 5:00. Please RSVP by November 19th to [email protected] if you are coming for supper.