Trail head is in Penticton, British Columbia. Biking time round trip- 3 to 3.5 hrs allowing for stops. Round trip roughly 20.6 KM (12.8 miles), elevation gain-210M (685 feet). Best time is usually May to October.
Directions: In Penticton turn into Vancouver PL from Vancouver Avenue. The trail head is found on the east side near the end of the Vancouver PL cul de sac. See the photographs below. Note: Though they are rarely seen April to October is rattle snake season. The end point of this section of the KVR is roughly 10.3 KM (6.4 miles) north at the parking lot off Smethurst Road above Naramata. The trail follows the KVR rail bed along the east side of Okanagan Lake and provides very scenic views. It starts out passing by the steep cliffs left over from the edge of the huge lake that formed from the Ice Age glaciers. This lake stretched from McIntyre Bluff to Enderby. The trail passes through vine yards, orchards, across a wooden bridge, past the Trail Store and crosses Naramata Road. At Naramata Road and Poplar Grove Road there is another parking area for accessing the trail. Once across Naramata Road the trail is a steady 2.3% climb. A short distance after Naramata Road there is a winery and bistro which can be accessed from the trail. From the parking lot above Naramata at Smethurst Road Rock Oven 7 is about 3.3 KM (2.1 miles) north. Little Tunnel is about 3.8 KM (2.4 miles) north. See Kettle Valley Railway Naramata to Glen Fir. The ride back to Penticton is easy as one can coast at a good speed most of the time.
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Kettle Valley Railway Penticton to Naramata 2011/08