Travellin' Man

Explore a remote part of Smith Creek on a narrow and challenging trail

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
15 km
Ascent
519 m
Descent
519 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
659 m
High Point
1.1 km
Gradient
Travellin' Man Map

Removed from the main and most popular Smith Creek trails, Travellin' Man is a remote route which feels much more "out there" than other rides in the region. The trail is much less maintained and sculpted than most Smith Creek classics, and whether that appeals will depend on your tastes!

Description

From the main Smith Creek parking lot Holy Pail Up Trail is well signposted. Jump on the trail and enjoy the scenic ascent up through the peaceful forests above West Kelowna. The view doesn't reveal itself much on the lower section of the climb but you're guaranteed a "wow" moment when you emerge at the Lookout Shortcut viewpoint, which provides a huge vista across West Kelowna, Mount Boucherie and Okanagan Lake.

Tear yourself away from the view and carry on climbing up to the top of the Smith Creek trail network, where there's a large flat area and a well-placed log to sit on and admire the view. (The end of the ascent marked here isn't technically the top of the trail network - you can carry on up a little further to access Motobomba and the top section of Soul Train - but not many folk carry on higher than the point shown here).

Begin the descent by heading down the clearly-signposted Kid Dyn-O-Myt Trail for a few corners and then branching off right onto the signposted start of Travellin' Man. The trail is rarely steep but it's narrow and passes very close to trees for most of the way down; there are ample opportunities to catch a handlebar on a passing tree so you need to really concentrate even on the easier sections!

There are few landmarks on the trail but its undulating nature makes it feels remarkably long - the effort:reward ratio is excellent on this ride. The trail is not really set up to be ridden quickly, with the corners generally being flat rather than bermed and the proximity of the trees making excessive speed feel terrifying!

As you get closer to the bottom of the ride there are multiple variants and options so either stick strictly to Travellin' Man or sample a bit of Dear Santa or Holy Pail.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls

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