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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +721/ -666 ft
Total: 45 riders

Mountain Biking Smith Creek

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#2 of 1,379 mountain bike trails in British Columbia
#431 in the world

trail is switch backs 11 km up there are number markers along the route to keep you on the trail. there are some different ways but i think most end up back near the parking lot. have fun

First added by RydingMountains on Jul 23, 2006. Last updated May 7, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Driving from Kelowna to the west side on highway 97 take a left on to elliot rd then a right on to Smith creek rd it will turn into a gravel road take it till you see a little open gravel lot on the left the trail head starts there
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  • MrClee

    The climb is long, but still fun. The downhill is awesome. Some technical bits, but nothing over the top without a bypass.

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  • baconnater2002

    Amazing ride on some trails lots of mud

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  • crazybiker10166

    Great ride!!!!! So many different obstacles, like the front seat of the car......the downhill half was killer!

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  • chuckpelley

    We tried the fat bikes here and it was incredible. It had snowed hours earlier and hid a bit of ice underneath. The swoops and curves were so much fun. Going back again to ride in the spring, summer or fall.

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  • Jay Labatte

    best flow for a climb and descend loop. fun for any level of rider.

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  • Paully D

    Love this trail. Beautiful scenery. great ride for most levels of rider. Each year I crave riding Smith Creek. My favorite part is riding through the drivers seat of the car.

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  • *****

    Smith Creek is both a downhill and cross country trail. It is fun to climb because there are clever obstacles to negotiate as well as moderate grade. It seems like for every steep section there is a flat "rest" section right after. The downhill starting at "Feel The Love" is nice and easy at first and then the trail intensifies as you descend. The bottom section is like a roller coaster ride! You can follow the trail back to your car or head North and follow the trail to Tallis Ridge.

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  • bikemech4jc

    This is a fantastic trail. The views at the various lookouts are amazing, the riding up is super fun, and the descent is worth the climb.

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  • aquajeep

    Builders only is mt all time fave!!
    Route 66 is a great single track with some good features.

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  • aquajeep

    Builders only is mt all time fave!!
    Route 66 is a great single track with some good features.

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  • Albert_Berkshire

    This trail is also known as Holy Pail. An excellent map is available. Try Outbound Cycle on 97 North in Westbank (West Kelowna) town centre.

    Over the last year or so (2008-2009) an incredible new downhill section has been built.

    Not sure who built it, but kudos to the builder(s) because it is incredibly creative and a lot of hard work has obviously gone into it.

    While you can still ride the old downtrack along Holy Pail and the ridge (also fun), the new downtrack is a smooth rolling downhill that is all natural berms as it snakes down a long gully to the bottom of the trail. The new downtrack crosses the uptrack in several locations (just after before and after marker 4, after marker 7, again just after marker 9, and between marker 10 & 11. I believe it officially starts at marker 12 near the old summit). This makes it easy to drop in at several locations depending on how much you want to climb.

    It's blast to ride with drops, rollovers, and ride-around options on every feature. Totally rideable for XC, Freeride & downhill - the latter will have a long bike push to the top, though. This trail can't be shuttled...legally. Please don't.

    On the way up, you'll be treated to some great switchbacks on the climb, some rolling sections, some technical features, and incredible views over Okanagan Lake. Any section that might be too challenging can easily be walked.

    It's worth the few minutes it takes to find, and for the average, intermediate rider, about a 2.5-3 hour loop.

    Keep your eyes open for deer, black bears, marmots, and birds.

    Definitely one of the best, and least crowded trails in West Kelowna.* Review edited 5/16/2009

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