Kingfisher Ride with Salmon Arm Club – Sunday October 2

Meet in Enderby Sunday, October 2 at 9:00am on the west side of the bridge in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot (see map below). Be ready to leave Enderby at 9:00am sharp, latecomers will be left behind!

From Enderby we will convoy east approximately 26km to Kingfisher Main FSR where we unload and head off on our adventure.

Bring your lunch, camera, survival gear and clothing for all conditions as this ride will take us high in the mountains (7,000+ feet).

Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a member to attend the ride. Come on out, meet some folks and discover new trails!

Becker/Bardolph Ride from Ladner Rd

Saturday primed the trails with almost solid rain all day, Sunday looked a lot better though as the day started with broken cloud cover and only a hint of rain looming.

The group headed out from Ladner Road through a neighbour’s locked gate that accesses the trails. A short loop was planned for the 2WD dune buggy and its young passenger who is ready to head home after a couple of hours.

The group continued on up and over the cutblock at Dixon Dam over to the Hartnell Road side then made it’s way down Noble Canyon then up to Bardolph Lake where the clouds and light rain parted for a sunny lunch break and entertainment provided by the gentleman that showed up in his Pontiac Grand Am and proceeded to drag his oil pan over all the rocks and roots in the rec site.

After lunch the ride continued east to the hanglider/paraglider launch overlooking Lumby then rode up to the boundary of Silver Star where there is a trail that brings you back onto the Coldstream Creek road network. Time was running short and daylight fading so we headed home on the old Dixon Dam road.

Great having Josh and Danielle out for their first ride with the club, hope to see you back soon!

Download the ride track or view on the satellite and terrain maps below (the GPS stopped recording partway through so from Bardolph Lake on has been added manually through Google Earth):

Riding the Becker and Bardolph areas but we’re starting from Ladner Road which is 10km up Silver Star Road from Butcher Boys (intersection of Silver Star Rd & Pleasant Valley Road).

Ride departs at 10:30am, no racing around the meeting area as it is a residential neighbourhood. Come right down to the end of Ladner Road, turn around on the driveway then park along the side of the road.

Trails are ATV and SxS rideable. Bring a lunch, all weather gear as we’re heading into fall and your camera as we hit several viewpoints along the trail.

You don’t need to be a Vernon ATV Club member to attend, come ride with us!

Postill Lake Ride with Kelowna ATV Club – Sunday, September 11

Ride Recap

A great ride with the Kelowna ATV Club in the Postill and Beaver Lake area. A large group of riders from both clubs showed up for a tour through many different forest and trail types and through some technical and challenging obstacles. Thanks again for an excellent ride and we look forward to our next adventure together!

Postill Lake Area Ride

Meeting instructions:

Time: Meet at 9:00am.
Directions to meeting place (see waypoint and track below):

  1. Turn east off of Hwy 97 turn onto Old Vernon Road just north of the airport (49 58’ 13.2”N, 119 23’ 8.2”W).
  2. Follow Old Vernon Road through a 90 degree right turn and continue to Postill Lake Road.
  3. Turn left onto Postill Lake Road and continue to a T-intersection (Postill Lake Rd & Anderson Rd).
  4. Turn left at the intersection and continue along Postill Lake Road.
  5. When the road splits stay left on gravel covered Postill Lake Road (right is paved Farmer’s Drive).
  6. Continue another 10.4km along Postill Lake Road to the meeting place at 50° 00′ 7.55″ N, 119° 15′ 55.4″ W – view on Google Map
  7. Unload there.

Ride Area:

  • area around Postill Lake. The ride will endeavour to take as many trails as possible but some FSR riding will be necessary.
  • The ride will be a “Blue” rating

Special Instructions:

GPX Files:

Monday September 26 Regular Club Meeting


6:00pm, Monday, September 26 at 940 Pottery Road

Details are finally firmed up for the Monday, September 26 meeting. We’re meeting at the ATV clubhouse at 940 Pottery Road, Vernon. Doors will open at 6 with the club meeting portion of the night getting started at 6:30pm.

Kevin Hillier from Vernon Search & Rescue will be doing a presentation and answering questions.

The meeting should be wrapped up by 7:30, everyone is encouraged to stay around and visit as long as they’d like. Remember to invite your friends and anyone you know who has been involved with the club over the years, we’d love to see them again! Snacks and beverages will be provided.

3 Valley Gap GPS Ride Report

I left Vernon July 9, 2016 for my first GPS ride and was pumped with excitement, even with the rain pouring down in buckets.

Arrived at 3 Valley Gaps event site at 8am, looked like a well-organized setup, including a pancake breakfast. Stuffed my face and chatted with the many participants. Bought 3 sets of tickets, 12 in total, and roared off into the great unknown, hoping I could find them all, or at least find my way back if I couldn’t, before my food or gas ran out.

Still pouring buckets, but no dust, found the first GPS coordinate, and realized what I was looking for, entered the next one, and off again. Stunning scenery along the way, and with the rain, I felt like a pirate looking for buried treasure as I searched out the next spot.

Found all but one GPS plaque (it was missing – honest) and returned to the camp site around 4:30pm, Entered my results, changed into dry clothing, loaded up and headed back to Vernon.

Great event, great people, great fun – I highly recommend it! Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of adventure and satisfaction of finding all the hidden GPS locations.

Father’s Day Campout & Longest Day Ride

Every year the club has a BBQ and ride on or around the longest day of the year, this year we’ve got an entire weekend of fun planned for the Father’s Day weekend. You’re invited to come for the entire weekend or just for a ride or the BBQ or breakfast.

Come set up camp at the sort yard on King Eddy Road, take in the rides, enjoy the BBQ and breakfast on the grille and bring your best stories for around the campfire.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Friday 5:00pm – Sort yard opens
  • Saturday 5:00pm – BBQ
  • Saturday 7:00pm – Evening ride
  • Sunday 9:30am – Father’s Day Breakfast
  • Sunday – rides and/or special events

If you’re wondering what the photo is, it’s a special event where the driver has some giant underwear over their head and the passenger gives directions to navigate a course. Depending on space we’ll have this event or another special skills/riding event.

Weekend Recap
Some days it rains, some days it pours, this weekend it did both. Lots of fun though, hanging out around the camp telling stories, enjoyed the BBQ and Sue’s Super Salads. Got a ride in Sunday after the rain stopped, lots of mud and puddles made for perfect riding conditions. Thanks Kent for taking us on a tour, a little different than where we normally go!

Ride with the Kelowna ATV Club

We need everyone ready to ride at 9:30am sharp this Sunday at the bottom of King Eddy Road. We’re heading up to Damer Lake to meet with members of the Kelowna ATV Club then will head off for a ride, stop for lunch and more riding. Bring a lunch, not sure if we’ll have a fire so pack a cold lunch this time unless you want to be the fire starter.

There’s a bit of rain today and more in the forecast Thursday, perfect for knocking down the dust after these few scorcher days.

Look forward to seeing everyone out this weekend and to meet our friends from Kelowna! Aiming to be back down at the bottom of King Eddy by 4:00pm.

Ride Recap

What a day, 23 machines from the two clubs met at Damer Lake for a day on the trails. We look forward to heading south to try out Kelowna trails for our next meetup!

Steve’s Spa Spin Summary

8 units showed up for the ride for a total of 10 people and a dog.

The ride started off with Mark taking the lead because he knew of a great trail to reach the power lines. It was great and twisty, steep, and rocky, we loved it!

Mark continued to lead on the power line trails, then we took a side trip and looked down on Falkland from the mountain tops. After enjoying the view we headed off to Spanish Lake, met some campers and shared their camp fire for lunch.

After everyone enjoyed their lunch break Steve took the lead up the road to Spa Lake which had lots of switchbacks to drift around leaving everyone pumped up at the top.

From Spa we went back to Arthur Lake, and I followed the GPS and hoped it was going to take us out somewhere close to the Staging Area. Great trail and made it back eventually, the best kind of ride – exploring the unknown trails!

Will do again to find a different route to Spa and back now that we’ve mapped some of the trails.