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Probably the best trail in the Okanagan

Oct. 5, 2015, 10:56 a.m.
Posts: 190
Joined: Oct. 10, 2012

If you're old/old school…

Went for an amazing reminiscent trip down memory lane yesterday. The original Powers Creek trail.

Big stunts, flat ladder bridges, roller coaster ladder bridges, tall skinnies, short skinnies, log rides, teeter-totters, teeter-totters on bridges, big gaps, big step downs, technical steeps, technical climbs, granite slabs. Amazing. Everything that riding used to be. Totally inspired by the Shore building style of the early 2000's, a nod to Digger, Dangerous Dan Mr. Simmons and everyone else involved in build

I was out of the game for about 10 years and I was shocked at what we found when we dropped into this old classic. First off, we almost thought it was the wrong because somebody had built a massive ladder bridge roll-in to step-down gap to second gap at the trailhead.

Too bad it's all been left to rot. I don't think that trail has been ridden in at least 3-4+ years and it definitely hasn't had any love in at least 6 or more (10 even?) years. Stunts are rotting and broken, bridges are missing planks, windfall all over the place, some of the rock even has moss growing on it already. Huge sections of ladder bridge fallen down and rotting back into the forest floor.

I can remember spending hours and hours on that trail doing some of the harder stunts over and over and over again to try and clean them. Now, basically nothing built on it was safe to ride anymore.

I plan to go back with a camera and document it, it's a fascinating picture of how trails can return to nature if they're built with natural materials.

We're thinking about going in with a chainsaw, rakes and some hammers. With a couple days worth of work, 80% of it could be made rideable again, but I'm not sure why it's in the state it's in.

Anyone know why that particular trail has been left to die? It's either a tragic loss or telling statement about the change in riding preference.

I ride bikes, when I can.

Oct. 5, 2015, 3:26 p.m.
Posts: 193
Joined: Sept. 11, 2008

I love Powers Creek, I rode there this summer and last fall. Between those times there was a big noticeable degradation of the TTF's, a lot more trees down and no maintenance.

The lower trails like Crazy Train are still good, but the trails up top are about 50/50 as far as the TTF's still being rideable and they seem to be going downhill fast now. The ttf's on Playland trail were in very bad shape.
The teeter after the overgrown entrance was pretty much the only thing still rideable.
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/424673/

http://www.trailforks.com/region/powers-creek/

If you go up there to document the trails, I encourage you to do so using Trailforks reports, you can use the free app and take photos of the TTFs and fallen trees.

Even though a lot of the cool TTF's are broken, there is still enough that is rideable that its worth going back to, if that's the kind of riding you like!

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Oct. 5, 2015, 4:54 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 28, 2003

http://mtbco.ca/news

these'd be the peeps to ask. Looks like 2015 was a slow year?

Oct. 5, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
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Joined: Oct. 28, 2003

https://www.facebook.com/mtbco?fref=nf

nope, they've just moved to facebook.

Oct. 6, 2015, 7:09 a.m.
Posts: 190
Joined: Oct. 10, 2012

I love Powers Creek, I rode there this summer and last fall. Between those times there was a big noticeable degradation of the TTF's, a lot more trees down and no maintenance.

The lower trails like Crazy Train are still good, but the trails up top are about 50/50 as far as the TTF's still being rideable and they seem to be going downhill fast now. The ttf's on Playland trail were in very bad shape.
The teeter after the overgrown entrance was pretty much the only thing still rideable.
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/424673/

http://www.trailforks.com/region/powers-creek/

If you go up there to document the trails, I encourage you to do so using Trailforks reports, you can use the free app and take photos of the TTFs and fallen trees.

Even though a lot of the cool TTF's are broken, there is still enough that is rideable that its worth going back to, if that's the kind of riding you like!

I'm definitely planning on keeping Trailforks updated. I already posted a quick review of it's current status there.

I've never ridden crazy Train, the only other one I've ridden up there is Builders. I'll have to go check those out..

That teeter in your video looked like the one on the Pwoers Creek trail. Did that one lead into another one on top that bridge that teetered into a steep roll down or was it somewhere else? Sketchy flexy though…

I hope you didn't come up as short on that jump as it looks like!

https://www.facebook.com/mtbco?fref=nf

nope, they've just moved to facebook.

Yup, yup, already checked in with that group. They're a little slow on communicating though…

I ride bikes, when I can.

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