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: ewefolks
- Wed Jul 29 21:52:45 UTC 2015
Questionhi, my husband and I ride recumbent trikes. is this trail wide enough and suitable? as we don't have a lot of weight on our back wheels it needs to be a fairly well packed surface. we are looking at coming in early September to ride. would there be anything that we should be aware of for then?
thanksANSWERS are in this forum: trail suitability
Posted By: gracie
- Thu Jan 21 03:35:21 UTC 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 22:40:22 UTC 2009
UpsideAmazing views. Level DownsideGets really hot when it is sunny CommentBe sure to pack a lot of water
Posted By: ed allen
- Sat Jul 16 03:51:39 UTC 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 04:44:04 UTC 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