Day 12: Kelowna - Mountain bike ride McDougall Rim trail

 
 
 
 
 
  
Willow Beach B&B pictures
We woke up after a good night sleep and had a great gourmet breakfast cooked by the Willow Beach B&B owner, a blueberry and strawberry fruit cup, and then a home made muffin with ham and egg with hollandaise sauce.
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We drove over to the trail head of the McDougall rim trail, getting there was tricky as the road to the trail head had been rerouted, and the sat nav system didn't know where the new road was, after coming across several dead ends we got to the trail head. The trail head was a mess rubbish was strewn everywhere. We parked the car and headed off up Bartley road.
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The ride up to the singletrack was quit a slog up hill, no views apart from plenty of trees and there was lots of litter beer bottles, paper etc strewn alongside the trail, the climb went on for about 13km.
The trail got better towards the top as the road turned to double track, and was more interesting to ride up.
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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

There were a lot of trees down across the trail quite a few had been cut away but we had to lift our bikes over quite a few down 'd trees across the trail.

Climbing McDougall rim trail - Video (7 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

Where the trail was free of down 'd tree's it rolled along nicely and was fun to ride

McDougall rim trail singletrack - Video (4 MB)

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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride We were lucky with the weather although we could see rain coming down around us, it held off on our ride. In a couple of places the trail went across open clearings . McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

There were more views of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna as the trail descended through more open areas.

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (4 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

There were some places on the trail where it was rocky

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (4 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

On the lower part of the trail there were even more tress down across the trail, some of them were fairly big

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (11 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride Where the fallen trees weren't stopping the trails flow , there were some good fun sections of downhill. McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

There were more views from the trail as it headed down lower

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (7 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

The lower singletrack was faster then the upper sections as it had less trees down, and has less bends, but was more cut up due to ATV's

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (27 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

The trail was wider lower down as more atv's had been using the trail as there were no trees down here

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (14 MB)

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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride There were a few places where there were great views on the lower trail. McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
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The trail was much faster lower down, and was quite dry and dusty the lower down we got.
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McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
The lower sections of trail were quite lock and dusty , and you could really pick up some speed heading down the trail.
McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

Loose dusty singletrack just before end of trail

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (7 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride

Last section of trail down to trail head

Downhill on McDougall rim trail - Video (24 MB)

McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride It was quite warm by the time we got back to the car, we packed up the bikes and headed back to Kelowna. McDougall rim trail, mountain bike ride
The ride had been ok, but I wouldn't go back to do it again, the double track at the start was too long, and then when you got on the singletrack there were too many trees down, and then when there weren't trees down the trail was pretty torn up by ATV drivers. With hind sight I wish we had gone and ridden Smith Creek or at Rose Valley. Ride Trail Map
Ride Profile
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Black Bear On the way back we saw a black bear in a meadow off to the side of the road. Black Bear
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We got back to the B&B and went for a Kayak on Okangan lake, above is a picture of the B&B from the lake.
Kayaking on Okangan lake
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We then used the Hot Tub, and I then washed the bikes and packed up Clare's bike in her Bike Bag. We then headed into Kelowna and had a great mexican meal at Hector's Casa then we drove to the waterfront in Kelowna and I had another great ice cream from Moo-Lic's

DAY 13