4.6 miles
Distance
1,376 ft
Climb
-178 ft
Descent
00:47:24
Avg time

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Smith Creek
    West Kelowna, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Feel The Love Climb, The Gruel
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #517 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #14346 in Trail Running
    • #23031 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    West Kelowna Trail Crew Society

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A beautiful string of single track that winds its way up, catching all the different soil and terrain the area has.

It is quite a pleasant climb up with even a little bit of down and rolling single track in places. Watch for other riders at intersections with other trails. Off-Road Vehicles (Dirt bikes and ATV's) also share this area so watch for those as well. A number of nice lookouts over Glen Rosa and across to Okanagan Mtn Park along the way. ENJOY!

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More Stats for Holy Pail Up (Climb) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,199 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,183 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,382 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,183 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,383 ft
  • Grade
    4.9%
  • Grade max
    -17%
  • Grade min
    27.8%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,570 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,707 ft
  • Avg time
    00:47:24
  • Avg reverse time
    00:40:51
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on Jun 20, 2022
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Avg: 4.7 (45 votes)
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      Holy Pail Up (Climb) Trail Reports

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      Jun 20, 2022 @ 3:24pm
      Jun 20, 2022
      Some spots of water & mud, but overall good
      Jun 12, 2022 @ 12:07pm
      Jun 12, 2022
      Jun 1, 2022 @ 4:48pm
      Jun 1, 2022
      The trail was fairly dry but in amazing shape!
      May 29, 2022 @ 9:44am
      May 29, 2022
      May 19, 2022 @ 3:58pm
      May 19, 2022
      CAUTION. At last S turn through trees on lower section, large tree broken off and likely to fall on the trail.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 59 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,045 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
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      • 8,516 rides
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      14 Reviews & Comments

      • + 5
      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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      • + 1
      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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      • + 2
      dfbland (Jun 11, 2018 at 17:54)
       So much fun to climb this trail... and I usually hate pedalling uphill.
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      • + 1
      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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      • + 2
      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.)
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      oldschool24 (Oct 6, 2019 at 2:28)
       It is to discourage motorcycles.
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      • + 0
      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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      • + 0
      valour59 Simpcw (Oct 22, 2019 at 14:15)
       Great steady climb woth a few climbing features that are fun
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      • + 1
      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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      • + 0
      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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      • + 0
      highstep (Aug 31, 2020 at 21:35)
       long but a super chill way to get to the top. enjoyable.
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      • + 0
      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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      • + 1
      oldschool24 (Apr 25, 2021 at 17:33)
       This trail is totally sanctioned
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      • + 0
      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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