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
easy
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.

Directions:

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.

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