Harper Mountain is one of the best rides in the Kamloops area.
Wow! This is the best up to date all-condition single and double track trail network around. From 2 footers to 15 footers, this area has so much variety and different ride types, you will be blown away. But please don't ride these stunts if you are not a hard-core rider.
This area also offers some great fast downhill rips. You can ride this area all day. Be aware of wild life and other fellow riders driving up the road as the trail does cross the road. Keep your head up. From the top to bottom, this is about a 1-hour downhill experience. We have found about 4 main trails with a 1/2 a dozen spurs. This area rocks over Sun Peaks and Rosehill.
There will be a lot of local riders in the area. Ask for directions at first. Yes! you can get lost. Better yet, visit Kamloopsbikecamp for a guided experience. These guys meet at Full Boar Bike Shop, and run regular clinics at Harper and know all the trail areas such as Rose Hill and Razorback. Be wise or otherwise.
After 20 minutes on the Paul Lake road you will come to the first fork on the road--take the Paul Lake road (right turn). The left is Mt. Lolo. At the second fork, again turn right. This will take you to the west side of the lake. There is a parking area, where you can park and leave your pick up vehicle (in other words--this is a shuttle). Continue to head up the road, keeping right at the third fork. You will be on a gravel road at this time. Follow this road for about 4 to 5 kms until you pass a paintball staging area. On top of the hill you will come to a road to your right once again. Turn off the road and follow the power-line until you come to the only road turning left. Follow this road. You will see the bike trail crossing this road a few times. You will also see a series of drops, stunts and bridges. The road will end and you can start riding from there. Or you can get in on a tour by Kamloopsbikecamp . Call Mark or Chuck to see when they are going next--it's one of their favs, and they head out from Full Boar Bike Shop in Kamloops.
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Posted By: jeffwonef
- Sun May 16 14:49:04 EDT 2010
UpsideLooks like it has that north shore flair to it !!! gotta love that
Downsidetheres a downside???
CommentI havent ridden it yet, but i cant wait to do it, im form the coast use to the mud and slippery logs, cant wait to get on thatpony and do this dry loose stuff, yahoooo. oh yeah!! im now a local!!!!
Posted By: R031Kona
- Sun Sep 14 14:50:09 EDT 2008
UpsideGood trail, nice length, close to town, various skill level conditions but all have a go around .
DownsideSince Rose Hill was closed it is getting a lot more use, Pine beetle clearcutting having a inroad on trail treecover.
CommentA good trail with appeal to all skill levels that you can get a couple of runs in in a afternoon.
Posted By: doswank
- Thu Aug 03 01:38:27 EDT 2006
Upsidetheres always a good alternitive if u don't want to do something too extreme, and theres tons of variety.
Downsideat the end of some trails it gets extremely steep
Commentreally fun stuff, not too extreme, i'm gonna so it again soon
Posted By: Stifffler
- Thu Jun 22 18:59:14 EDT 2006
Upsidealyks getting beat down
Downsideme beating alyks down
Commenteveryone beating alyks down
Posted By: easyrider
- Thu Aug 11 12:01:15 EDT 2005
Upsidekamloops got some of the best trails in bc i reccommend hitting up this one if u go there along with rosehill is alright
Commentlove this hill ridden it alot since im from kamloops but i havent came accross another trail here (in kelowna) even comparable to this one.
Posted By: let it burn
- Tue Mar 29 19:11:55 EST 2005
Upsideif you are a local it deffinately helps, but if not just dont get in our way..
Downsidecant really think of one
Commentwhat a day.....
Posted By: darby73
- Sat Feb 19 20:03:06 EST 2005
UpsideGood verticle, huge stuff, loads of great trails.
DownsideNeed a truck to get to the top. Or a piece of crap car that you don't car about! Don't hurt yourself!
CommentBest riding I have ever done!
Posted By: alyks
- Mon Jan 17 17:35:48 EST 2005
UpsideLocals will beat you down if you ride it....
DownsideYou'll get beat down if you ride it.
CommentI'll beat you down if you ride it..
Posted By: norco kid
- Wed Jun 30 22:40:36 EDT 2004
Commentdoes anyone know about any trails in kelowna that are comparable to Mt. Harper. if so, can u e mail me at email@example.com
Posted By: l_fitzs69
- Thu Jan 01 01:31:17 EST 2004
UpsideHarper rules! Way fun. Trails aren't maked though - go with a local.
DownsideYou need a truck to drive to the top. Easy to hurt yourself. Careful!
Posted By: trailpeak
- Sat Sep 06 14:44:56 EDT 2003
UpsideLooks amazing! Advanced riders only.
DownsideCould get you in the Hospital if you mess up.
CommentDO NOT VISIT UNTIL FIRE BAN LIFTED! This are is currently closed, but, keep this in mind for future Kamloops visits, way better than Rosehill, this is a little known gem.