Pinaus Lake Ponder

Ride Recap

Know the motor vehicle closures and where you can legally ride. We used Avenza Maps app to display the Whiterock Lake georeferenced closure map provided by the Ministry of Forests to ensure we did not enter the motor vehicle closure area.

11 quads and side x sides came out despite the weatherman’s warnings of a yucky day. The first destination was the top of Tuktakamin Mountain to enjoy the view but the mountaintop was shrouded in clouds and blowing snow.

After a few short minutes at 1775m atop ‘Tuk’ riders carefully worked their way down the slippery roads near the summit which were quickly replaced by some really fun roads and trails that were new to ride leader Allen.

A quick stop at the main rec site on Pinaus Lake before heading to Little Pinaus for lunch. A lone moose was browsing the far shoreline on Little Pinaus while we enjoyed our campfire lunch.

A great loop of the hillside south of Little Pinaus took riders on fun trails and up/down some challenging sections of trail where the hillside is slumping away. With the fun trail riding done it was time to head home. It was great to see some new faces and thank you ride leader Allen and tail gunner Claus for another fun day on the trails!

A friendly local rancher stopped as we were loading up to ensure we were staying out of the closure area. He also shared stories of the challenges of the summer fire season which included losing 15 head of cattle in the fires and having to pasture his cattle on his hay fields meaning the loss of 500+ bales that would normally come off the field.

10:00am start Saturday, November 6

1km Ingram Creek FSR (see map below!)

The Pinaus Lake area was closed during/after the Whiterock Lake Fire so we were pleasantly surprised when reviewing the motor vehicle closure maps that we could legally ride to Pinaus Lake. In addition to Pinaus Lake we will visit Tuktakamin Mountain a number of smaller lakes and be able to see the fire damaged areas.

IMPORTANT – Ingram Creek FSR is also called Pinaus Lake Road but some maps also call another road Pinaus Lake Road. WE ARE NOT MEETING AT THE MEAT PROCESSING PLANT!!!! If you are at the meat processing plant get back on the highway for 2.5kms toward Westwold then turn left onto Ingram Creek/Pinaus Lake road.

Join the Vernon Convoy
Leaving the Tim Horton’s on 58th Avenue in Vernon at 8:45am.

Staging
Drive 1km up Ingram Creek FSR, park and unload where the road widens.

Trail Difficulty
We will encounter intermediate level difficulty trails and speeds up to 60kmh on the FSR. A single tank of fuel will be sufficient.

What to Bring

  • It’s November in the mountains so come prepared for all conditions.
  • Food and drink for a day of riding.
  • Your standard ATV emergency kit.
  • A chainsaw or handsaw.

Lunch
We’ll have a fire at our lunch break to warm up or roast your lunch goodies.

Bathroom Breaks
We will stop at or pass by at least one recreation site during the ride.

Viewpoints and Breaks
We will stop at viewpoints plus a couple of short breaks for snacks and a longer lunch break.

Vernon ATV Club 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.

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