8.9 miles
2,465 ft
-2,465 ft
2,973 ft
High Point

The trail does leave BC Parks area and crosses private property on the exit. If you happen upon a land owner, pleasant gratitude goes a long way.

A popular ride that can be as epic as you want. Stop and take photos from the several wicked view points or just hammer up and down.

Parking at the bottom of Smythe Road keeps the ride from ending on a wicked road climb.
Once you arrive at the parking lot, you can follow the 'Route' via Ward1 and carry that up to the 2-track climb. From there the signage will take you on your way. Alternately, you can take the Yellow Gate (NOT at Painted Rock Winery) at creek crossing just a hair below the parking lot and follow that 2-track all the way. The Ward1 route will Tee into this route.

After your descent through the rocks, you will pass through trees, grass and depending on season, a bit of a swamp. You will find yourself under the powerlines. Descend the rocky road until it sweeps left, take the singletrack on the right for about 100ft and take the next right. Flow this trail down to the road. There may be a point where a trail goes straight through, but you will need to take a hard left to stay on the gulley descent. Good luck, if you get lost head to the lake Wink

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Trails in Route

Ward12.0 miles
Smythe FSR1.1 miles
Climb Trail1.8 miles
Rock Oven Turnoff4,495 ft
Rock Oven3.6 miles
Rock Oven Exit (modification)2,211 ft


  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Rock Oven mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,119 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,149 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,149 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5.0 miles
  • Distance down
    3.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,595 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Penticton's Rock Oven - an Okanagan classic
Penticton's Rock Oven - an Okanagan classic
trail: Rock Oven
3:00 | 452 | comments: 7 | favs: 1
Jun 21, 2015
Starts at a lake and ends at a lake with a boatload of climbing, tech and views. Classic trail With @Sharonb
Rock Oven/Ward One
Rock Oven/Ward One
trail: Rock Oven
2:10 | 467 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Jul 23, 2012
A fun Rip down Ward One on Rock Oven in Penticton.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Aug 6, 2016 @ 7:22am
Aug 6, 2016
2/3 down the upper portion of the descent, there is 2 big deadfall. Although, with enough determination, it could be hand-sawed.
Rock Oven
Jul 30, 2016 @ 9:00am
Jul 30, 2016
Start of climb still has elbow rubbing shrubbery, erosion has created some technical climbs, but its beginning to blend back into last years conditions. Finally cleared that tree at the 'first' summit, the go-around was annoying so the original line was cut back open ... with handsaws. The descent is as it is every year, dry and floaty. Be prepared to have the trail move along with you for the first technical section. Once you leave the moon dust portion it is back to slab rock and concrete clay.
Climb Trail
Jul 18, 2016 @ 2:56pm
Jul 18, 2016
Overgrown vegetation (uppermost portion of climb) reporter
Rock Oven Exit (modification)
Apr 10, 2016 @ 7:40pm
Apr 10, 2016
Still has those 2 mucky corners. But that grease makes it glorious at the moment. Everything else is bone dry.
Rock Oven Turnoff
Mar 25, 2016 @ 8:39pm
Mar 25, 2016
All clear. The little creek has a tiny little bit of water, easily hoppable
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