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Kettle Valley Railroad Trail: Rock Creek to Beaverdell
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.16 - 13:54:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 219m
Participants: Richard Heikkila, David Wasserman, Norm Schmidt
Difficulty: 1: Novice level mountain biking
A Grant MacEwan Mountain Club mountain bike trip along the route of the abandoned Kettle Valley Railroad from Rock Creek to Beaverdell
Mountain biking trips are uncommon on the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club trips schedule, but our appetites were whetted when the 2009 trip to the Kettle Valley Railroad (KVR) Trail was cancelled when an unfortunate encounter between hot grease and Jim's foot put the trip leader out of commission. So when Richard volunteered to lead a trip to the same trail in 2010, I was pleased to assist him with the loan of my Okanagan Valley Recreation Map, and to sign up for the trip. Norm was also deeply regretful of the earlier cancellation, and signed up as well.

We all started by attending the 2010 GMMC summer kick-off group camp, the Owl Prowl and Howl in Kananaskis. On the Sunday of that weekend, we left for the starting point of the Kettle Valley trail in Midway, B. C., stopping overnight at Moyie Lake Provincial Park south of Cranbrook, and taking a leisurely drive to Midway on Monday. We had two vehicles, my station wagon with Norm's bike rack on the roof, and Richard's SUV, with his bike rack on the rear. The use of two vehicles gave us the capacity to set up car shuttles between our daily start and end points.

I'm not an experienced mountain biker, having mostly ridden Edmonton's river valley and ravine trails, so I was a little dubious of Richard's plan to start with a 68-kilometre section from Midway to Beaverdell. He agreed that we could start at Rock Creek. Norm opted to do the Midway-Rock Creek section while Richard and I set up the car shuttle, leaving his vehicle at Beaverdell and returning to Rock Creek in my car. The timing worked out well, as Norm pedalled up to the PetroCan station in Rock Creek as I fuelled up. We left my car next to the river by the gas station.

As the name implies, the Kettle Valley Railroad Trail follows the roadbed of the defunct...

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