Kelowna Area Gravel

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by OceanMtnSea, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Spring is quickly turning to summer in the valley.

    Here is a nice 3-quarter day gravel loop with a lunch stop at The Bench in Penticton (http://www.thebenchmarket.com/) and return via Chute Lake Road & KVR.

    As of 17 April 2015 there is still some snow in the trees above 3500ft and pretty good cover over 4000ft.......but it won't last long with the temps in the mid 20C this week.

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  2. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Good stuff, and the lunch place looks great. The views are great from the KVR!
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  3. KayDubbya

    KayDubbya Been here awhile

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    Fresh snow in the hills this morning. Might try this on Sunday, weather permitting. Thanks for putting it up.
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  4. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    This is one of my favorite rides - very civilized DS riding.

    The Summerland Circle thru Apex-Hedley-Princeton and back to Summerland.

    Nice twisty roads, great scenery and nothing so wild that you will need to change your shorts several times.

    Best to do this one clockwise to get the full view down the Hedley Switchbacks.

    Enjoy!

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    Start the day with a coffee at Bliss in Peachland........Blissfully nice location.....if a little on the pricy side.
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    Shingle Creek Valley
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    At Apex you are over 6000ft and everything but the road is snow covered, but just past Apex at the Barrick Gold Mine it dries out again.
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    Now the Hedley Switchbacks where you drop 4613ft in 20km.
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    Hedley Wall
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    The Switchbacks and the Similkameen Valley
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    Another View
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    Similkameen Riverside on the old hwy
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    The Princeton Summerland Road
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    Late Lunch at the Beanery in Summerland
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  5. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Here is a cutoff to the last track (Summerland Circle) that will get you back to Peachland and avoid some highway.

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  6. Corysluck

    Corysluck n00b

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    Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.

    I would like to do some riding in that area this summer. This may an inspiration.
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  7. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    I've been recording my back road tracks for about 5 years and I have a collection that so far contains 113 tracks in BC, most centered around the Okanagan.

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    As my moniker suggests, I love getting off the main roads and traveling the back roads. All of these are tracks I have ridden. Some are paved, some gravel and some are a mix of both. All are eminently ride-able by a 60 year old rider on an aging KLR with middling skills. All are also great fun.

    I have a number of other tracks and routes I have gleaned from this site that I plan to ride, then add to this collection. If anyone is interested in the track files I can send a gpx file that is a bit over 6MB in size. Too big to add here. I can also send a Garmin GPS Database file of the same that is less than 1MB but I'm not sure how well that can be shared.

    If interested, drop me a PM with your email address and I will send it on.

    Cheers, Wayne
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  8. IanInCalgary

    IanInCalgary Been here awhile

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    This spring I intend to use Kelowna as a base for doing day trips on gravel following gpx files from inmates such as OceanMtnSea and Lycan1. What is the earliest I can expect the routes to be snow-free (or at least snow-lite) and relatively mud-free? I'll be riding a small bike (WR250R) so am not worried about terrain - only snow/mud.

    Ian
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  9. Qwazert

    Qwazert Been here awhile

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    I have many tracks in and around the Okanagan, Cache Creek, Kamloops and near 100 Mile House...I'll be posting them soon.

    I think it would also be a good idea to keep abreast of the KVR closures and restrictions; I've been tracking the sections of KVR that I've done.
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  10. scott-willys

    scott-willys n00b

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    I am looking for a gravel track from the needles ferry to casltegar. Does anyone have one?
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  11. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Ok, here is a track ******with proviso's******
    I have not traveled the Needles to Passmore section of this track as I have read it is quite gnarly - some single track -rocks -erosion -better on smaller unloaded bikes - but if your with someone and want to check it out it is there. I personally would not attempt it on my own with a large loaded bike - but that is just me.

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  12. scott-willys

    scott-willys n00b

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    Thats great thanks. That route is very similar to what I was looking at. I will try it this spring with out bags and give a ride report.
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  13. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    By "spring" I hope you mean very late June or July as the track goes as high as 6700ft asl after Applegrove following the power line before dropping down into the Little Slocan river valley.

    I have read that that is the most challenging section of the track.

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  14. scott-willys

    scott-willys n00b

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    Yes late spring for sure. Last year I got in a pickle while riding up up high the first weekend of june. There were some serious snow drifts and creeks had turned into rivers with the run off.
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  15. mrppen

    mrppen n00b

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    do you still have your gpx files? if so my email is
    mrppen@msn.com thanks jim
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  16. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Check your email Jim. I've sent the latest version that is up to 161 tracks. It's a pretty big file ( >10 Mb ) so if it doesn't get through the email let me know. I can also send it as a Garmin GPS database which makes for a smaller file.

    Cheers, Wayne
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