Mountain bike trails seem to be everywhere I hike in the Okanagan. I like to mountian bike but I would never take these crazy jumps and ramps that seem to be built in many hiking areas. I admire the passion that mountain bikers have for the sport. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to accomplish what has been done in the Okanagan.
I was emailed this mountain biking question recently;
Q) I am interested in visiting Kelowna for the long weekend and doing some mtn biking. I really liked your website and found it very informative. What are the best maps for the area? What are the primo areas? Is it possible to ride around Okanagan Mountain Park in a day?
Any advice you can give me regarding mtn biking in Kelowna would be appreciated.
A) Thanks for visiting Tracks And Trails and emailing your question. Being that I am not crazy enough to take the extreme single tracks and crazy ramps and jumps that are out there, I have put together a Mountain Biking Resource for the Okanagan that you can view via this link. It includes where to get trail map info as well as fourums to get up to date mtn biking intel.
My thoughts on Primo areas are; (Okanagan Park does not have the jumps built)
1) Gillard Forest Service Road. Dude you just gotta be there. This place is alive bikes! (motor and non)
2) Powers Creek! Holy Smokes – you aint seen nothing till you been here. I think I noticed a forum (on PinkBike) that said there was a world class competition here at some point.
3) Glenmore Hills has lots to offer. Enter the hills at many points from Clifton to the Dog park just past the Kelowna Land Fill on Glenmore Road.
4) Okanagan Mountain Park could probably be seen in a day by ….maybe Phil, or someone else who bikes 400 km just for kicks so they can enjoy the feeling of thier lungs coming alive in agony and pain!
What you want to do here is enjoy the park. Start with a ride through Wild Horse Canyon, camp at one of the backcountry campsites, continue way up to any one of the several lakes and then loop back to Kelowna by taking the Old CN Trail or exit to the KVR along Mountain Goat Trail (you will have to carry your bike some parts) and ride down to the Kettle Valley Trestles. Please comment here when you are complete! I would love to hear about it.
I would have mentioned the Crawford Trail area but I have heard that mountian bikes are not allowed anymore??? Anyone care to comment.