Off Road Biking in the Kelowna Area
Kelowna and its local Okanagan Trail Riders Association (www.okanagantrailriders.com) has built an incredible off road terrain park at Bear Creek. The area has approximately 125 Kilometres of single track and dual track for quads available on 35,000 hectares of beautiful pine forests and, steep mountains with vistas of Okanagan Lake that will take your breath away when you reach the top. Every trail is marked from beginner to advanced with a kids area and a motocross track that hosts sanctioned events throughout the summer. There has been a lot of money spent and volunteer time put into this project that every off road adventurist from around the world could appreciate.
There are fire and logging roads everywhere surrounding Kelowna for the dual sport adventurist or dirt biker. The westside has plenty of forestry roads and single track that will take you up onto the Coquihalla Hwy west of Kelowna or get yourself into the deep backwoods towards the east and southeast of Okanagan Lake. Make sure you have maps or a GPS before you head out there as the logging roads crisscross each other and it is very easy to get lost.
There is an awe inspiring old abandoned and stripped rail bed called the 'Kettle Valley Railway' that was built in the early 1900's that sits high above Okanagan Lake. This old railway connected the Kootenay region with the Okanagan and then down to BC's west coast throughout the gold rush years. There are 18 trestles and 2 tunnels that sit high above Kelowna that were once destroyed by a forest fire and have now been completely rebuilt. You are not allowed to run any motorized vehicles over the trestles but on either side of the trestles you can explore for hours.