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Kettle Valley Railroad Trail: Hydraulic Lake to Myra Canyon
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.16 - 14:04:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 55m
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 Hydraulic Lake to the far end of Myra Canyon and back
The background and the first cycling segment of this trip, a ride from Rock Creek to Beaverdell, is described in another trip report. Since we decided to skip the next section of the KVR and go directly to McCulloch, to do the next section as an out-and-back trip, our coverage of the KVR and the waypoints of the route are discontinuous.

On Wednesday morning, a drive up Highway 33 brought us to McCulloch Road, where we were able to find the Hydraulic Lake provincial campground despite inadequate signage. A ten-spot got us a campsite, and, with a couple of false starts, we headed off toward Myra Canyon, expected to be the highlight of the trip. (For the first false start, I led us into a dead-end; for the second, we had to return to the campsite after my rear rack broke.) [photo]KVRSect02-1.jpg[caption]The KVR trail crosses a section of Hydraulic Lake.[/photo]

On this section, we encountered a number of large puddles on the trail, most of which we could steer around. On one section, however, the trail was completely covered with muddy water by two puddles, each about 40 feet long. The first had a trail up the embankment and through the bush to bypass it, suitable for pushing and carrying our bikes. The second was not so easily avoided. Norm and I bushwhacked around with our bikes, and Richard opted to chance pedalling through. He managed to do so while getting only his shoes wet. [photo]KVRSect02-2.jpg[caption]Chris Meyer pedals the puddle.[/photo]

From there, it was a straightforward ride to the start of the Myra Canyon section, about 12 kilometres from our campsite. This section offered views northward to Kelowna in the valley far below. At the beginning of the Myra Canyon section we rode into a parking lot with a snack...

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