Ride with the Kelowna Locals at Knox Mountain

There aren't many cities with world-class biking trails right on the edge of town, but Kelowna is one of the select few!

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On the descent back to Kathleen Lake

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Leaving Knox Mountain Drive for the trails.

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Kathleen Lake

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Looking down on Kathleen Lake from its southern end

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The initial section of trail after leaving Knox Mountain Drive

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Looking down the lower section, with Kelowna city visible below.

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At the start of the trail

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The dip halfway down the upper section

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The Balsamroot Bluff Trail passing close to the Magic Estates Trail.

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The Simpson Trail looking incredibly tempting!

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On the first downhill section of the Balsamroot Bluff Trail, with Lake Okanagan visible in the distance.

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At the start of the Balsamroot Bluff Trail.

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Description

Knox Mountain lies just to the north of Kelowna city centre and is a popular spot with local riders, as well as a justly famous viewpoint for hikers and tourists. It's simple to climb the peak because a tarmac road (Knox Mountain Drive) leads all the way from the edge of Kelowna city to the summit. The road is closed to cars so Knox Mountain Drive is not only an easy way to climb its eponymous peak, but also a quiet one.

None of these rides involve much more than 300 vertical metres of ascent so they are ideal for after work laps, or quick hits for when you pull into town with a few hours of daylight left. All of the rides use Knox Mountain Drive to do most of the ascent, so you don't need to give the uphill much thought and can focus on enjoying the trails.

The most popular route here is the Shale Trail - the Knox Mountain classic and one which gives you an excuse to visit the peak's famous lookout. If you've never visited Kelowna before, Shale Trail is a great place to start exploring because it allows you to see plenty of Knox Mountain, and to get high enough above Kelowna to understand the city's geography. Shale Trail also features the toughest technical riding of all these 3 routes, with "Balsamroot, Simpson and Shale" the next toughest and "Kathleen Lake and Glenmore Ridge" the easiest ride in here. None of the rides in here are really challenging though - they're smile-inducing fun lines, and they all have a collection of great breweries at the bottom!

Adventures

Shale Trail

The classic evening hit for Kelowna's local bikers!