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Kettle Valley Railroad Trail: Chute Lake to Penticton
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.16 - 14:22:51
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: -927m
Participants: Richard Heikkila, David Wasserman, Norm Schmidt
Difficulty: 1: Novice level mountain biking, almost all gently downhill
A Grant MacEwan Mountain Club mountain bike trip along the route of the abandoned Kettle Valley Railroad from Chute Lake to Penticton, and back by shuttle
The background and the first cycling segment of this trip, a ride from Rock Creek to Beaverdell, is described in another trip report. The second cycling segment of this trip, a ride from Hydraulic Lake to the end of Myra Canyon and back, is described in a second trip report. [photo]KVRSect03-2.jpg[caption]Chute Lake[/photo]

When we arrived at Chute Lake Lodge, I opted to take Thursday (Canada Day, as it happens) as a rest day. While Norm and Richard cycled the 25 kilometres back to the west end of the Myra Canyon section, I drove around to Summerland for a quick visit with my sister and brother-in-law, who were camping there. While passing through Penticton. I investigated the existence of a van shuttle service between Penticton and Chute Lake, having got the phone number from the manager of the Chute Lake Lodge. I tentatively booked a return ride from Penticton to Chute Lake for us on Friday.

When I got back to Chute Lake, Norm and Richard said the section they had cycled that day gave the impression, both from the physical effort and the optics, of being uphill both ways. Most of the section is apparently open to single-lane motor vehicle traffic, and was being graded. The soft surface left by the first pass by the grader was not ideal for cycling.

You can buy supper at Chute Lake Lodge - as long as you want a hamburger or a hot dog. For the full KVR-Chute Lake Experience, we ate in the Lodge's antique-cluttered dining room, sharing a table with a father and his two daughters from Portland, Oregon. We first met this group when we overtook them just south of Beaverdell, noting the age of the two girls (8 and 11 years) and their equipment (the eleven-year-old on a mountain bike and the father and eight-year old on a tandem bike...

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