4 miles
Distance
1,198 ft
Climb
-75 ft
Descent
00:36:31
Avg time

Details

  • 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
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #304 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

One Way ONLY

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 Roas and across to Okanagan Mtn Park along the way. ENJOY!

This trail is unsanctioned.

More Stats for Holy Pail Up (Climb) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,123 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,247 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,379 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,256 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,379 ft
  • Grade
    5.2%
  • Grade max
    -41.2%
  • Grade min
    32.9%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2,175 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,010 ft
  • Avg time
    00:36:31
  • Avg reverse time
    00:40:51
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Status:
on Jan 12, 2021
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.8 (38 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Ideal
  • Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Holy Pail Up (Climb) Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 12, 2021 @ 7:32pm
      Jan 12, 2021
      Somewhat mushy snow with some mud patches, but packed and rideable on a fat bike ... for about 2km. After that there has only been foot traffic...
      Dec 17, 2020 @ 9:29am
      Dec 17, 2020
      Good climbing on the fatbike
      Nov 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm
      Nov 15, 2020
      Some foot and fat bike traffic up to around the start of FOMO. Variable snow levels 0 - 10 cm. With the warm weather on Sunday ~+6c conditions...
      Nov 6, 2020 @ 1:20pm
      Nov 6, 2020
      Nov 1, 2020 @ 1:16pm
      Nov 1, 2020
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 767 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 5,568 rides
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      May 23, 2017 @ 11:38pm
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      12 Reviews & Comments

      • + 4
      oldschool24 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      oldschool24 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      dfbland (Jun 11, 2018 at 17:54)
       So much fun to climb this trail... and I usually hate pedalling uphill.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Ryandury Trailforks Pro Subscriber (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!
      [Reply]
      • + 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]
      • + 1
      oldschool24 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Oct 6, 2019 at 2:28)
       It is to discourage motorcycles.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      backtosage Trailforks Pro Subscriber (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      valour59 Trailforks Pro Subscriber Simpcw (Oct 22, 2019 at 14:15)
       Great steady climb woth a few climbing features that are fun
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      TarraPedersen Trailforks Pro Subscriber (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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      ytu45 (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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      highstep (Aug 31, 2020 at 21:35)
       long but a super chill way to get to the top. enjoyable.
      [Reply]
      • + 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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