Across the BC south

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by Lycan1, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Another trip from Tsawassen to the Alberta Border via as much gravel as possible. It includes sections of the KVR as well as back roads. Big Bike doable, but tough in some sections (like north of Harrison Hot Springs). High elevations mean a later in the season trip in order to not hit snowed-in sections. Gas is marked for most known locations along the route. Camp at Skaha Lake (Banbury Green) is excellent!

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  2. Argus16

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    Thanks for the posts and tracks Lycan. Keep 'm coming!
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  3. johnny2bad

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    If you had to guess, how long do you think this trip would take? (Assuming a moderate pace, 6 to 8 hours per day)

    Thanks
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    Having done most of it, but not all. I plan to do the sections that I have not already done this July, I would say 4 days minimum, but more would make it more enjoyable. There is lots to see and many good camp spots along the way, why rush it.
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    Thanks. That is what I was thinking, but thought I'd ask the guy that already rode it.

    John
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    Vancouver to Boston Bar would be a full day since East Harrison can be a tough ride in sections depending on the year and if there are washouts like the time I did it with the BCBTR group.


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    Boston Bar to Princeton would make a decent day, as would Princeton to Penticton, but those could be combined into a good long day.

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    The piece of track that runs from the north end of Skaha Lake along the little known section of KVR to Banbury Green Campground is an absolute gem (very pretty but not tough), but you need to watch for large rocks hiding in the greenery along the sides of the trail. I caught a saddlebag on one and it took me down.

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    Penticton (Banbury Green) to Trail is another fairly easy day.

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    Trail to Elko another decent day, with a half day (if that) to complete Elko to crows nest pass.

    Nice camping at several places along the trail including Kikomun Provincial Park near Elko.
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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    I threw this together for another rider, staying on pavement. It has a couple of good options, depending on how much of a hurry crossing BC into Alberta that a rider is. Fuel is listed as well as a few other POI's

    My preference would always be to run up to Balfor and down to Creston, and I love the 3A/B that goes through Rossland and Trail.

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    This is great, the first port,
    I am prepping a trip from Leesburg, Va to Ladner (mom) with a stop in Coldstream, BC (brother).
    While I know BC well, this ties it in nice for me. Now just to define a dirt detour to Coldstream.

    Ride fom VA to Alberta border will be a huge mix, in the US, but no Interstates.

    So thanks Lycan,

    I will add this to my stitched route.

    Anything to know on the AB - Tsawwassen route?
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  9. Lycan1

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    If you are doing the dirt (gravel) sections, just don't plan on doing it before July, since many see no winter maintenance and may be snowed in at the higher elevations. Also, when you see a gas station, top up, as you will miss most of them by jumping on and off Highway #3. If you want to get up to Coldstream (near Lumby) then the K.V.R.(Kettle Valley Railway trail) is a possibility, if you want off-pavement, and there are logging roads to connect as well. There is a thread in the Canada section on the KVR. Here: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25875215&postcount=4

    And this would connect to Hwy 6 east of Coldstream: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=22151278&postcount=1
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    Great to knowI and thanks! I will be bringing extra fuel so that is good. and I was looking right around July Aug as I know BC Backroads can be nasty

    Also going to grab a few other routes and see your Sask-AB route.
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  11. Qwazert

    Qwazert Been here awhile

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    One spot that I know will be problematic, is the KVR where it enters Princeton from the NW; the tunnel under the highway is CLOSED to motorized traffic.
    We wanted to do this portion last year but met up with the familiar signs...
    I've been reading up and inquiring to anyone who's driven the area and they say that ANY portion of the KVR within Princeton city limits is CLOSED to vehicles of any sort.

    You could get off and push, I suppose...
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    That is true. More and more sections of the KVR (Kettle Valley Railway, for the uninitiated) are a no go for motors. I so glad I did it when I did in 2010. Still lots of alternates for closed sections if you do a little pre-scouting via Google earth.

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    This track gives you a good starting point, with most of the work done for you. Like all routes, it can be subject to change over time. I'll likely be using a big chunk of it this coming season as I come back off the Washington Back Country Discovery route. I'll update anything that needs it then.
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    I ran into the no motorized traffic signs on the KVR coming into Rock Creek from the west last summer.
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    Qwazert Been here awhile

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    One thing to note, is that it MUST be an official sign...not just a piece of plywood, nailed to a tree by some disgruntled hikers...before I will heed it.
    I know that the motorized/non-motorized communities will never see eye-to-eye on this topic, but until designated as NON-MOTORIZED by the powers that be...this is still a MIXED USE trail that doesn't "belong" to any single user-group.
    A closed gate or concrete pylons don't count, either.

    ..anyways, more tracks available at: http://dr650rider.blogspot.ca/
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