27 miles
Distance
3,488 ft
Climb
-723 ft
Descent
3,892 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding Area
    Penticton
    Penticton, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #23348 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Some say that the Okanagan Lake shoreline at Penticton looks like southern California with is beachfront bistros, sandy beach, blue water and surrounding sun-drenched hills. Penticton is the start of the Kettle Valley Railway’s Carmi subdivision, one of six KVR subdivisions that now provide wonderful trail experiences.

From the benchlands on the east side Okanagan Lake, the trail offers up incredible views of the lake and nearby communities. And then there are the wineries...so many wineries! You can walk or cycle to many of them.

At Little Tunnel you will be compelled to stop and take in the views. You must take a camera! Benches have been provided for you to rest and perhaps enjoy a snack or lunch.

Above Little Tunnel the trail gradually ascends the slopes of Okanagan Mountain. A popular access point is the Glenfir Station. From here a further 8 km ride or hike will bring you to the Adra Tunnel. Although closed to through passage, you can visit either end of the tunnel. At 490 meters in length, this is the longest tunnel on the KVR.

A curiosity along this higher part of the trail are the rock ovens. The work crews who built the KVR many years ago constructed dome-shaped ovens from local rock, in which they baked their bread. Many of the ovens have been restored.

Beyond the Adra Tunnel the trail continues into the interior of British Columbia.

More Stats for KVR/TCT - Penticton to Chute Lake/Highlands Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,766 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,127 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,127 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,892 ft
  • Grade
    1.911%
  • Grade max
    -87.321%
  • Grade min
    75.361%
  • Distance climb
    22 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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Status:
on Apr 21, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      KVR/TCT -... Trail Reports

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      Apr 21, 2018 @ 8:12am
      Apr 21, 2018
      Currently closed between Arawana rd and Sutherland rd near Naramata
      Apr 7, 2018 @ 12:45pm
      Apr 7, 2018
      Always nice
      Sep 30, 2016 @ 9:27am
      Sep 30, 2016
      Jul 6, 2016 @ 10:22am
      Jul 6, 2016
      A lot of sand which makes for a good workout
      Jun 5, 2016 @ 11:12pm
      Jun 5, 2016
      Best condition it's been in a long time. Very few areas that were sketchy. A handful of big water pools currently that need to be ridden through....
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      1 Review & Comments

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      flag geezr70 (Jun 15, 2018 at 10:15)
       Is there any update as to this trail being closed from Arawana Rd. to Sutherland Rd. as of June 15/18
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