Kettle Valley Railway - Hope Section with Othello

Kettle Valley Railway - Hope Section with Othello near Hope Airport, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
8 kms
3hours
easy
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Spring, Summer
Hope Airport, BC
User trevor69

Round trip: 8 km
Time: 2.5 hours

Trailhead: UTM 10U WGS84 0615695 e 5470213 n, lat/long: N 49.22.416 W 121.24.376

Located in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, this trail passes through a cool, quiet, wooded area leading to the Othello Quintette Tunnels. A popular Hope attraction, the tunnels were built between 1911 and 1916 as part of the Kettle Valley Railway. The tunnels provided the backdrop for the movie, Rambo: First Blood.

This trail is flat and wide, making it ideal for biking. There are few obstacles or challenges and lots of great views and mountain terrain on either side.

Directions:

Head east on Wallace St. Turn right on Sixth Ave. Cross the railway tracks and turn left on Kawkawa Lake Rd. Turn right before the cemetery onto Kettle Valley Rd. Park at the end of the dirt road.Directions:

Directions: Head east on Wallace St. Turn right on Sixth Ave. Cross the railway tracks and turn left on Kawkawa Lake Rd. Turn right before the cemetery onto Kettle Valley Rd. Park at the end of the dirt road.

A trail description of the sections of the KVR around Penticton can be found here




Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By sarahrosheenPosted By: sarahrosheen  - Mon Jun 02 17:16:12 UTC 2014 Not Rated Upside AMAZING VIEWS ! Downside It would be nice to have more markers along the trail to confirm that you are in fact heading closer to the tunnels. Comment What a great hike, this is a must-do! The sound of the raging river, the smell of pine and cedar, the old growth forest, the scenery. This hike has it all AND your destination, the tunnels are so breathtaking.
By aquinasPosted By: aquinas  - Sun Jul 13 23:19:51 UTC 2008 Not Rated Question Hey all!
I've got a Rocky Mountain Whistler hybrid - front suspension, seat suspension, mountain bike frame .. but with 700 x 32 wheels. I intend to put heavier duty treads on the bike, and of course extra tubes, patches and tools, but I would like to bicycle as much of the KVR as possible (starting in Hope) for my trip back home to Ontario.

I'm looking for any advice as to what parts of the KVR are rideable with such a bike, and more importantly, which I should definitely avoid!

Thanks everyone!
Angus Ryer

ANSWERS are in this forum:  KVR and a hybrid mnt/road bike?
By pkevansPosted By: pkevans  - Wed Jun 09 17:51:10 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside The tunnels are a great spot to get engaged! Downside There is some potential for dropping a valuable ring through a bridge deck (didn't happen). Comment The tunnels can and usually are closed during the winter months due to the potential for falling rock and ice. Ground water flow through the rock and therefore the tunnel roofs is plentiful.
By Urban trekkerPosted By: Urban trekker  - Mon May 24 14:36:18 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Historic information on the building of this section of the Kettle Valley line. Easy riding but will be busy on weekends and when the tour bus arrive. Downside None on this trip. Comment Did from the town of Hope - well marked through town and onto the Tunnels - I combined it with the Nicola trail option for a partial loop - see comments there.
By Night HawkPosted By: Night Hawk  - Thu May 29 15:01:20 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Nice wide trail with gentle inclines. Good for a family outing Downside Can be busy on the weekends when parking is at a premium. Comment I got bored one day and made the 3 hour drive to Hope to take the dog for a walk. The tunnels are interesting because of their history - look for the dates stamped into the side supports. I found the views of the river fantastic so bring a camera. Once you complete the tunnel section the trail flattens out and takes you through a forested area. As the trail is an old railway right-of-way, there is no hard climbing which makes it good for people of all ages.


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