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
Should've read the May 4 report before tackling this today.....oh well, here's an update.
Picture is (I presume) of the femur breaking wet/slick/algae covered rock area that was noted in the last report - I came ridiculously close to going down hard there too.....consider this an additional warning! From that point down to the road is virtually destroyed by Ma Nature (chunks of trail exist, but they're so brief it's almost comical) and you'll likely 'hike a bike' most of the remainder.
I rode up from the lake via Skaha Bluffs Parking lot and then Ward 1. Ward 1 is in good shape other than two spots, first - where it intersects the first old road and creek.....going up you're a monster if you can ride the section on climber's right of the creek just above the road (steep and still pretty crude replacement for a previously wiped out chunk due to runoff). Second is probably 85% of the way up and is just heavily eroded (fall line) trail that has become the channel for the occasional deluge of rain that occurs. Overall, pretty good condition despite these zones.
Rock Oven - mostly good fun. As noted above, the last ~15% is essentially hike a bike in its current state AND THIS IS SIGNIFICANT! I believe there's a new(ish) ride around to avoid the pond up top entirely....(this is deduction on my part as I did not try it, so take it with a monstrous grain of salt) - explore the first significant right fork at your own peril, but you might actually end up at the Log Book/Sign In. Original builder deserves kudos for exploring thoroughly enough to link it all together - thanks!