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“Beautiful trail to run along”

Kettle Valley Railway Trail
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I ran about 15km of this trail from Penticton and back a couple of times while in town and it had breathtaking views and was well maintained. Would be lovely to ride a mountain bike with the family or go jogging.

1  Thank Zoe H
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

My wife and I (both in our mid 60's) biked from Kelowna (Myra Canyon) to Penticton. This 80 km. gravel trail/road is either level or downhill the whole distance and winds through some beautiful countryside that starts at about the 4,500 foot level. The route first runs through the magnificent Myra Canyon over 13 train trestles (all but one are in great shape) and then winds down to Chute Lake where there is an old lodge. This is the half way point where we decided to spend the night before proceeding on Penticton. The elderly couple who own Chute Lake lodge are wonderful to meet and Doreen makes just about the best pies and cinnamon buns in the land. The lodge is extremely rustic with toilets, showers and sinks in a shack out the back and behind that is a museum collection of old just about everything. It is all fascinating and we had a great visit and comfortable night. Most of the 40 km ride on the second day was high up looking down over Okanagan lake and the wineries along Naramata. Weather was spectacular and the scenery magnificent.

The logistics are fairly easy. We rented out bikes in Penticton from Freedom Bikes (the owner is a cocky twit but the guys who set us up were great). As the whole route is gravel that is pretty rough in some spots it is important to have good, wide tired mountain bikes (and know how to change a tire). We then hired Ambrosia Tours to drive us with the bikes from Penticton to Kelowna (Myra Canyon entrance). This is about a two hour drive and cost us $60 each. George, our driver and George the owner are great guys. Remember to take along lots of water, picnic lunches, spare tire and pump. Aside from Chute Lake there are no commercial stops along the way. The Best Western in Penticton kindly allowed us to park our car in their lot for the two days we were gone.

23  Thank SteveandML
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We biked from Myra Canyon to Penticton in abut 8 hours. It was a beautiful..hot..day. The trestles are incredible. At this time one is very damaged due to a rock slide so you may want to start at June Landing. You will miss the trestles though so maybe a trip in two parts would be good. The trestles then the rest of the trail. The trestle section is very well maintained and a fun , beautiful ride. It then goes from hard packed dirt with pot holes to rough gravel with pot holes and ruts. Some one earlier mentioned full suspension. That would have been very helpful. The last 15 km into Shute Lake were unpleasant and very bumpy. Fortunately the views are fantastic and riding through the Pondersoa Pine and and the sections blasted out of the rock is other worldly. After Shute Lake it is a 2 % grade the whole way. This helps as you head through sand and gravel however pot holes no more Yah. We met a couple coming up from Penticton... not a good idea. They had read a travel book that gave that as a way to go... in my view the wrong way. Stopping in Shute Lake over night would make for more time to stop and smell the roses. We did stop for well earned peach pie and sat and chatted on the deck with other riders. We clocked 80 km in all. It was a great day.

5  Thank amajh
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We have cycled on the Kettle Valley Trestles twice. Superb views and easy enough for beginners. Wonderful photo opportunities. Makes you wonder how trains ever followed this route. We rented bikes and found them to be more than acceptable. It is a little confusing to find so get a map.

2  Thank LynnMoore50
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

well maintained cycling route, many spots to take panoramic photos and the trestle is the highlight!

1  Thank CaymanBrad
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