The Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way has become a favourite travel route because of its easy grades and spectacular scenery. The rock ovens, two tunnels and the cool oasis of Chute Lake Resort are highlights of this trail loop. Rock Oven Park contains several interesting features of historical significance. The rock ovens were constructed along the Kettle Valley right-of-way above Naramata, built between 1911 and 1915. To locate them, watch for a wide spot in the grade just before it enters a rock cut. You can follow a fairly well-used trail up the hillside to a fine specimen of the rock ovens that once served the railway construction crews.
One of the most spectacular viewpoints is at the mouth of Little Tunnel. Below to the south, the scattered ponderosa pine and bunchgrass gives way to the neatly manicured orchards of Naramata and then the beaches and cityscape of Penticton. Skaha Lake disappears around the bend on the horizon.
The 489 metre long Adra Tunnel carves a curve within the mountain and a weak spot in the roof near the mid-point is slowly caving in. The tunnel is barricaded and a hiking/biking trail bypasses it.
Excerpts quoted from Okanagan Trips & Trails, A Guide to Backroads and Hiking Trails in BCs Okanagan-Similkameen Region.
Travel to Penticton via Highway 97, turn east onto Westminster Avenue and follow this road through to Naramata. There are many access points for this section of the trail. The best place to connect with the Kettle Valley Rail in this area is at Smethurst Road located east off Naramata Road, just past the main turnoff down to Naramata. A second access point is at Arawana Road also located east of Naramata Road. An access point further down the line is located where the KVR transects Chute Lake Road at the three km mark.<
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Posted By: gracie
- Wed Jan 20 22:35:21 EST 2010
Questioni need some info ythat will make my heritage fair great.....ANSWERS are in this forum: heritage fair
Posted By: Carrot-Top
- Sun Jul 05 18:40:22 EDT 2009
UpsideAmazing views. Level
DownsideGets really hot when it is sunny
CommentBe sure to pack a lot of water
Posted By: ed allen
- Fri Jul 15 23:51:39 EDT 2005
Upsidegoing back in time when the trains were running , it's an amazing engineering feat.The views do not stop, i ride it almost every week.
Downsidesome people can drive cars in sections of the trail, yuo have to be ready for them.
CommentI love the ride up and the ride back to penticton. its a very slight grade, but it can give a great cardio workout.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Tue Jun 21 00:44:04 EDT 2005
UpsideIt's railway grade so even going in the up hill direction is not challenging.
The view are fantastic
DownsideOn a hot day the trail is not shaded
CommentI really enjoyed the downhill trip made for a great run