8.7 miles
Distance
1,750 ft
Climb
-1,760 ft
Descent
3,819 ft
High Point

You are responsible for your own safety. Always check your route prior to riding, look before you leap, and ride within your limits.

For this Sovereign Cycle group ride we're heading to the top It's going to be a fast descent linking Soul Train, Feel The Love, More Cowbell, Santa's Revenge, Son's of Anarchy, and the bottom of Travellin' Man.

Detailed Description
SVRN Grouper Smith.SoulTrain>FTL>Cowbell>Santa's>Travellin' is a 9 mile moderately popular expert route located near West Kelowna British Columbia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 1,750 ft with a max elevation of 3,819 ft then descends -1,760 ft.
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45 Reviews & Comments

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Poachninja (Oct 27, 2021 at 14:53)
I’m not a fan of climbing but this trail is actually enjoyable. Best climbing trail in the okanagan for those who just want to enjoy the ride.
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Poachninja (Oct 27, 2021 at 14:53)
I’m not a fan of climbing but this trail is actually enjoyable. Best climbing trail in the okanagan for those who just want to enjoy the ride.
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jasonfortheanimals (Jun 22, 2021 at 10:40)
The trail is meh. I would just stick with Feel the Love.
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oldschool24 (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:33)
This trail is totally sanctioned
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oldschool24 (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:33)
This trail is totally sanctioned
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gasman5 (Nov 5, 2020 at 14:27)
Amazing climbing trail! So fun you almost forget you’re climbing. Well done to the builders.
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gasman5 (Nov 5, 2020 at 14:27)
Amazing climbing trail! So fun you almost forget you’re climbing. Well done to the builders.
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highstep (Aug 31, 2020 at 21:35)
long but a super chill way to get to the top. enjoyable.
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highstep (Aug 31, 2020 at 21:35)
long but a super chill way to get to the top. enjoyable.
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abundantc (Aug 28, 2020 at 14:43)
First time riding in Smith Creek and this trail is amazing. Highly recommended!
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jeremyhewett (Jul 20, 2020 at 19:29)
What baffles me is there was already a roll-down off that feature as well as a ride around. The drop couldn’t have been more optional in the first place.
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jeremyhewett (Jul 20, 2020 at 18:32)
Dumbed down in difficulty. Lots of blue features can be gapped with speed. They’re still blue features.
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oldschool24 (Jul 20, 2020 at 6:38)
Same jump same drop just filled in gap I would say it was smartened up.
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jeremyhewett (Jul 19, 2020 at 14:24)
The only nice black feature was dumbed down recently. It’s now just another blue and not as good as Feel the Love. Don’t bother.
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tallisman (Jul 11, 2020 at 14:48)
Less fun than FTL and the big drop was closed. Not worth another ride for me
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tallisman (Jul 11, 2020 at 14:46)
Best climbing trail I've ridden so far. Feels like you're flying uphill and the short downhill section is a fun break from pedalling. Great job to the builders
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tallisman (Jul 11, 2020 at 14:46)
Best climbing trail I've ridden so far. Feels like you're flying uphill and the short downhill section is a fun break from pedalling. Great job to the builders
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tallisman (Jul 11, 2020 at 14:44)
So so good. Go fast and catch air
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tallisman (Jun 29, 2020 at 18:21)
The extra climbing is worth it, though steeper than the rest of holy pail. Fast singltrack and nice dirt
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plimdaddy BWTC (May 16, 2020 at 10:19)
Can someone confirm that the wooden drop feature has been reopened? It looked OK yesterday but haven't seen a post from the trail crew...
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TarraPedersen (Apr 17, 2020 at 19:36)
We rode these trails Thursday April 16. My husband lost his wedding ring. If someone has found it please contact me. Thanks so much.
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TarraPedersen (Apr 17, 2020 at 19:36)
We rode these trails Thursday April 16. My husband lost his wedding ring. If someone has found it please contact me. Thanks so much.
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TristanHanson9 (Nov 11, 2019 at 20:12)
Loved the trail today! The trail is very fast and full of little jumps and burms. The trail is great beacuse you can also go slow and avoid most obstacles
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valour59 Simpcw (Oct 22, 2019 at 14:15)
Great steady climb woth a few climbing features that are fun
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valour59 Simpcw (Oct 22, 2019 at 14:15)
Great steady climb woth a few climbing features that are fun
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valour59 Simpcw (Oct 22, 2019 at 14:12)
Great trail had fun with family 5,4
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backtosage (Jun 3, 2019 at 12:38)
This trail takes all the whining out of cycling uphill. It’s positively enjoyable and we had it all to ourselves. Good work local builders. We appreciate your efforts.
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backtosage (Jun 3, 2019 at 12:38)
This trail takes all the whining out of cycling uphill. It’s positively enjoyable and we had it all to ourselves. Good work local builders. We appreciate your efforts.
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bruster (Apr 26, 2019 at 14:20)
Pretty much a green trail with a couple blue features and one black feature. All with ride arounds. Still lots of fun though!
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adam-fricska (Jan 6, 2019 at 12:34)
It’s really a blue with a couple optional black features
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gregval (Sep 19, 2018 at 18:56)
See my comments on Travelin' Man Top.
A little work could make this a real top downhill run for us XC types.
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gregval (Sep 19, 2018 at 18:47)
Generally, a well done trail. The average grade is very manageable, with steeper sections only occasionally. One puzzling feature, which confuses me as a trail builder, are the 2 or 3 "choke" zig zag turns maybe 1/4 and 1/3 the way up. These are very sharp low-speed zigzags. Are these to choke off downhill riders? These are tight enough to slow you down to 4 mph. Maybe the builders can enlighten me on their purpose.
However, this kind of trail is a much needed part of having good downhill runs, so kudos to the trail builders/managers at Smith Creek to build this.
(Also, if this is an uphill only trail, I saw no markings to suggest that, so climbers, pay attention.)
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gregval (Sep 19, 2018 at 18:47)
Generally, a well done trail. The average grade is very manageable, with steeper sections only occasionally. One puzzling feature, which confuses me as a trail builder, are the 2 or 3 "choke" zig zag turns maybe 1/4 and 1/3 the way up. These are very sharp low-speed zigzags. Are these to choke off downhill riders? These are tight enough to slow you down to 4 mph. Maybe the builders can enlighten me on their purpose.
However, this kind of trail is a much needed part of having good downhill runs, so kudos to the trail builders/managers at Smith Creek to build this.
(Also, if this is an uphill only trail, I saw no markings to suggest that, so climbers, pay attention.)
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oldschool24 (Oct 6, 2019 at 2:28)
It is to discourage motorcycles.
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oldschool24 (Oct 6, 2019 at 2:28)
It is to discourage motorcycles.
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Ryandury (Jul 9, 2018 at 13:14)
This is an awesome trail. Little hits at the bottom, wood carvings midway up, and an epic lookout near the top. So fun!
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Ryandury (Jul 9, 2018 at 13:14)
This is an awesome trail. Little hits at the bottom, wood carvings midway up, and an epic lookout near the top. So fun!
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dfbland (Jun 11, 2018 at 17:54)
So much fun to climb this trail... and I usually hate pedalling uphill.
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dfbland (Jun 11, 2018 at 17:54)
So much fun to climb this trail... and I usually hate pedalling uphill.
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treebc (Sep 13, 2017 at 13:43)
Trees down on the bottom near parking lot after feature. Sections were blown out.
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oldschool24 (Jul 20, 2016 at 23:03)
If you are looking for a trail in smith creek called The gruel it does not exist. the trail marked here is signed and named The Holy Pail.
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oldschool24 (Jul 20, 2016 at 23:03)
If you are looking for a trail in smith creek called The gruel it does not exist. the trail marked here is signed and named The Holy Pail.
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oldschool24 (Jun 12, 2016 at 15:15)
ok so once again we need to straighten out some trail names. The gruel refers to the old climb up the two track 4by4 road. The climb you have named the gruel is actually to be called the Holy Pail as a nod to the old and now defunct trail that is now part of dear santa. The Builders of this beauty climb do not think of it as a gruel and worked very hard over 15 years of different alignments to get it to where it is now. So no more gruel please.
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oldschool24 (Jun 12, 2016 at 15:15)
ok so once again we need to straighten out some trail names. The gruel refers to the old climb up the two track 4by4 road. The climb you have named the gruel is actually to be called the Holy Pail as a nod to the old and now defunct trail that is now part of dear santa. The Builders of this beauty climb do not think of it as a gruel and worked very hard over 15 years of different alignments to get it to where it is now. So no more gruel please.
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pedaljunkie2000 (Aug 28, 2015 at 16:09)
I'm from Edmonton and I was lucky enough to come across such a cool trail. So many jumps and drops! I liked the car door jump - nice touch! Good job builders/maintainers!
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Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    11
More Stats for SVRN Grouper Smith.SoulTrain>FTL>Cowbell>Santa's>Travellin' mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,154 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,163 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,152 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -59.1%
  • Grade min
    41.6%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,198 ft
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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