Mountain bikers are coming out of their winter shells to embrace another cycling season and add another trail to the region.
The North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) volunteers are planning a new trail called Gingerly in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.
The new trail will be eight kilometres, starting at the Cosens Bay parking lot.
“The idea is to have an easy trail in and out of the Cosens Creek trail system without having to ride on the road. It should take the pressure off the Cosens Bay multi use trail as well,” said Peter Dorey, NOCS member who is organizing the building of the trail.
“For this project, NOCS worked closely with B.C. Parks and the Department of National Defense to review the potential new trail for ecological, cultural and safety concerns,” said Cynthia Kapicki, NOCS president. “We are fortunate to have trails within two parks in the Vernon area, both Kalamalka and Ellison, to ride.”
NOCS member John Shumyk says that the trails in both parks are in good shape.
“We had crews out in April clearing a few trees that had fallen and raking out the mud ruts. The recent rain has helped to keep the trails moist, as they get pretty dry in the summer,” said Shumyk. “There are a few trees that still need to be cleared over the next month, so we ask that people take caution when riding.”
Shumyk says that hikers, dog walkers and trail runners appreciate the work done by NOCS volunteers over the last few years at Ellison and that the parking lot, signage and picnic table are appreciated by all.
Anyone wanting to lend a hand in the efforts can join volunteers Sunday at 9 a.m. to work on the new Gingerly trail at the Cosens Bay parking lot. A pizza lunch will be provided. Memberships are available at the local bike shops and online for $20/individual or $35/family.
NOCS works to promote cycling in the community through maintaining and enhancing mountain bike trails, social events, and raising awareness of bike etiquette and safety.