4 miles
1,427 ft
-296 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Smith Creek
    West Kelowna, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Feel The Love Climb, The Gruel
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

Only one way

It is quite a pleasant climb considering there are some pretty shitty looking 2-tracks straight up the gut.

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

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

More Stats for Holy Pail Up (Climb) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,132 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,231 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,385 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,254 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,385 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    994 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 11, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.75 (24 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to holy-pail-up-climb trailhead (49.858010, -119.668030)
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Holy Pail Up (Climb) Trail Reports

Nov 11, 2018 @ 5:47pm
Nov 11, 2018
Some wet, some mud, some ice, some snow.
Nov 2, 2018 @ 11:26am
Nov 2, 2018
Oct 20, 2018 @ 3:43pm
Oct 20, 2018
Trail across holy pail at an intersection with feel the love near top. Major kudos to those who tidied up all the worn down spots and made...
Oct 19, 2018 @ 11:28am
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 18, 2018 @ 2:52pm
Oct 18, 2018
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail towards the top of the climb at one of the trail crossings. Ride around started. Chainsaw needed.
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5 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
flag 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.
  • + 1
flag 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.
  • + 0
flag dfbland (Jun 11, 2018 at 17:54)
 So much fun to climb this trail... and I usually hate pedalling uphill.
  • + 1
flag 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!
  • + 2
flag 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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