Cleo Lake

Cleo Lake near Kelowna, BC

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
4 kms
1 hour
Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking
Summer, Fall, Winter
Kelowna, BC
User wanderlust
A good, but short, beginner mountain bike ride, xc ski or liesurely stroll to one of the less disgusting lakes in the Kettle Lakes area.

There are about a dozen "lakes" scattered in this basin, but most are the reed-rimmed, swampy, lilly-dominated mosquito breeding grounds that nobody would choose to swim in. It's not so much the water as the shoreline... can't get to the water without immersing yourself shin-deep in black muck. Worth it? Maybe if you're on fire.

But I digress, the first lake you arrive at, only 2km from the road, is actually called Joan Lake and has a surprisingly out of place sand beach. It's the largest lake in the immediate area and can definitely not be designated a pond, plus it's really warm.

The trail in is an old road, so it's wide and easy to follow, with just enough small ups, downs and roots to make it a fun ride for beginner bikers.

About 200m before the lake, you'll encounter a spur to the left signed "Cleo Lake". Though this trail looks easy to follow, it will come to an abrupt and messy end in a swampy area with shoulder-high grass. This leads me to believe that it's most likely a winter trail for skiing and snowshoeing, because there is no conceivable way to follow it in the summer.


From Kelowna, head south on Hwy 33 to Trapping Creek FSR. After about 10km, watch for a bridge on the right and cross the river. After a few km, ignore the road to the left and continue until you arrive at a Y intersection. Take the right (Lassie FSR) and about 5km in watch on the right hand side for a narrow spur road with a wooden post signed "Cleo Lake". You can drive in about 100m to a parking area, or just park on the roadside.

From Rock Creek, head north along Christian Valley Rd to State FSR. Stay on this until taking a right on Lassie FSR (a major road). After passing Cup Lk on your right (a nice camping spot - and one of the only other swimmable lakes) a few km on watch for a spur road with a "Cleo Lake" signpost on the left.

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

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