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Old 08-28-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Dirt Passage Kelowna to Kaslo? Sept 4-5th 2009

Hi Guys,

Looking for a bit of an adventure... One last long ride for the year, Sept 4-5th. Of course I will still ride into the fall, but wanted to do a really long 1-2 day trip. With all the latest talk about the Lavina LO road closure, I wanted to try and get over there. I noticed that the Gray Creek FSR is not too far south so thought I might try and incorporate that into a bit of a loop. On a 2005 WR450F, plated of course...

Thinking Kelowna to Nakusp, Nakusp to Argenta, Lavina LO, South to Kaslo, Gray Creek to Summit then back down, over to Nelson, Southern Route to Oliver then north to Naramata, Kelowna via the KVR.

It's a long ways... But I'm looking to push myself as far as distance in a short time goes... Probably riding solo, unless anyone wants to join me along the way!

Biggest thing is I'm looking for a mostly dirt route. That is a tall order... I've been pouring over ADV and DualSportBC ride reports including GPS tracks to see what is out there... I've been looking on Google Earth and while I can find some routes, it is tough picking out the good stuff. So, any info you guys have would be great! I will be running with a Garmin Rino 120 GPS as well.

Optionally, if this turns out to be a bit of a bigger bite than I'm prepared to eat, I was thinking a southern loop, Kelowna to Summerland, KVR to Princeton, Slab it back to Hedley, Nickelplate Mine Rd to Penticton, then KVR from Naramata back to Kelowna.

I'm a semi pro photographer so I'm looking for some spectacular photos!

Oh yeah, any couches or even a floor for evening of Friday Sept 4th in the Koots would be splendiferic!!

Anything you guys/gals got I would appreciate!
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:18 AM   #2
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You can come up from Grand Forks to Edgewood/Needles via FRS.

You can then take the Facquier to Slocan route via the Powerline trail and FSR.

From there there are any number of options. The Grey Creek pass is very nice too.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:35 PM   #3
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Ah! Nice! Thanks Tokenboy!

I have so far plotted a route as follows:

KVR from Kelowna (Myra) to Westbridge,
Powerline from Westbridge to Niagra just north of Grand Forks.

Here's where it gets a bit tricky... I'm looking for a solid route through to Edgewood/Needles and not seeing anything that goes mostly right through. Seems like I can get fairly close, but there is a valley running West/East just south of Edgewood that appears to have no roads crossing it. If anyone has any ideas or FSR's they have made it through on, that would be awesome information!

After Needles, Powerline to Nelson, then powerline to Proctor,
Ferry to Kootenay Bay to Gray Creek,
Gray Creek pass and up the road about 9km or so to a LO or radio tower on one of the mountains up there. The road is all switchbacks, so it looks like tons of fun!

Back to Gray Creek, Ferry back to Proctor,
Slab it up Hwy 31 to Kaslo and on to Argenta,
Lavina LO (Possibly spend the night here we'll see)

Next day, Likely mostly slab it back to Kaslo, Nakusp, Vernon then on to Kelowna. We'll see how I'm feeling!

Looking to borrow a friends Sony helmet cam to get on board footage of KVR, Gray Creek, Mystery LO on Gray Creek, Lavina LO and anything else of interest! As well I will have my Nikon SLR along for the high quality shots!

Starting to get excited about this epic adventure!
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:42 PM   #4
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Here's where it gets a bit tricky... I'm looking for a solid route through to Edgewood/Needles and not seeing anything that goes mostly right through. Seems like I can get fairly close, but there is a valley running West/East just south of Edgewood that appears to have no roads crossing it. If anyone has any ideas or FSR's they have made it through on, that would be awesome information!
The Missus and I just did that route about 2 weeks ago coming back from the HU Rally in Nakusp. The road in Grand Forks is right across the street from the SaveOn/SuperValue?? Foods store on the west side of town. Great pavement with twisties for the first 40 kms then about 40 kms of good gravel. The last 30 kms to Edgewood is rough.
I am at work but will post the road names later this evening with some photos.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Deuce! You are the man! THANK YOU! Looking forward to those names and photos!

*Hand pump in the air!*
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:57 AM   #6
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On the west side of Grand Forks, just past the Visitor Info centre, turn left (north) onto Granby Rd. This is really nice paved road for about 40kms. When the pavement ends you turn left (west) over a small bridge and go about 2-3kms to Burrell Cr. FSR. Turn right on it (north again) and go about another 35-40kms (the FSR's have km marking signs). Burrell Cr. will then change into Worthington Cr FSR. This road takes you into Edgewood (about another 30kms).

Make sure to gas/food up in GF at the big food store across from the turnoff. There is food/gas (regular only) in Edgewood and a cool restaurant.


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Old 08-30-2009, 09:03 AM   #7
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Deuce,

Thanks a TON! That helps with a large section of my planned route!

Just need to plan my return route and I should be set to go!
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:50 PM   #8
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The Missus and I just did that route about 2 weeks ago coming back from the HU Rally in Nakusp. The road in Grand Forks is right across the street from the SaveOn/SuperValue?? Foods store on the west side of town. Great pavement with twisties for the first 40 kms then about 40 kms of good gravel. The last 30 kms to Edgewood is rough.
I am at work but will post the road names later this evening with some photos.
Did the same route heading north a few weeks ago and ditto what he said. I have the GPS track too if that will help. I camped at a rec site at the end of the paved section. From Edgewood, I continued on past Whatsan lake all the way up the west side of Arrow lake to the Shelter Bay ferry. Decent to rough gravel most of the way. Once across the ferry, you could take the Trout Lake route to Kaslo too. Its good gravel most of the way with pavement at both ends.
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MCMXCIVRS,

A GPS track would be helpful. I'm fairly confident in my navigation with Deuce's directions, but having a backup is never a bad thing! Especially since I'll be riding solo.
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:16 PM   #11
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YES!! Thanks! Duh, if I had only looked a bit closer I would have seen that route through... AARGH! Oh well, the GPS track is awesome. That will be a huge help!

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:06 PM   #12
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Once across the ferry, you could take the Trout Lake route to Kaslo too. Its good gravel most of the way with pavement at both ends.
pavement, then good gravel, then 29kms of single lane logging road, then good gravel, then pavement.

I ran it on a Ninja 650R last Tuesday, and it was in great shape. Really a beautiful route with some terrific lookouts over trout lake and north towards some other mountains or something.
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Hey Grainbelt,

Where is the turn off for Trout Lake? Just north of the ferry?
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Hey Grainbelt,

Where is the turn off for Trout Lake? Just north of the ferry?
if going north from kaslo, just stay on 31A

I'm not sure on the other way, i ended up at 23 i think,
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If you are talking from the Shelter Bay ferry, after you cross turn left at the top of the hill just past the brake check. Follow the signs for Trout Lake. Its 20 mins or so. That was your Ninja in Kaslo last week Grainbelt? I was wandering the streets there waiting for a ride home for my Klr and me. Ended up parking next to you and staying at the Hotel. Lavina LO is not to be missed if you are in area.
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