I find myself out of home for a week again. A little radiation & I can’t be within 10’ of anyone for a week. Seems like a good reason to go find a cabin & explore some new country. Fintry, BC near Kelowna looked awesome last time Id rove through it. On the KTM rally I rode the Westside road north from Kelowna to Vernon & happened to pass through Fintry. I’d put that stretch of road at the top of any to do list for riding, so maybe I can find some good trails in that area.
I pile into the jeep & head for the hills!
Fintry is a cool little resort/cabin area now. A 100 years or so ago the Fintry delta was an apple orchard & home of the Fintry estate. But more on that later.
On the route out I notice I’ve got a leaky axle seal. Tsk tsk, but I find a shop in town that’s willing to help & awesome. Day 1 I hike around town while they fix the axle seal & an errant squeak that I’m pretty sure is a result off spending too much time in water. Somehow they fix a few other little noises that were bugging me.
Day 2: Above Fintry in the mountains is a network of old logging roads slowly being de-commissioned. I headed up into the hills to follw one such trail and see if I could find a short way from Fintry to Christie Falls. The trail up was rocky and a bit rugged. But the fall colours are awesome.
Came across a washout that a track hoe had obviously been digging deeper. I suspect they’re decommissioning the road but they’ve left it passable for now.
After this washout I caught up to the track hoe removing part of the road. It always seems odd to me to remove a perfectly good road. Sounds like a make work project to me, but I suppose it’s the world we live in now. If you want to explore the back country, learn to walk/hike for weeks on end.
I’m off the trail to Christie now. I can’t get through with the roads being removed so I just wander the country side looking for the scenic route out.
In the shortcuts I start to explore the little trails spiderwebbing around the mountains. I could wander in here for months and love every second of it.
Day 3 I take the long way round to Christie Falls. Rough bitch of a road that rattles my teeth, but I love the area.
The trail head starts in a burned out cut block
Christie Creek is a tiny little creek, but it’s a great easy hike.
On the way out I figure I might have time to climb Terrace mtn. Worth a shot.
Climbing terrace is especially difficult, but it’s steep, and narrow and hair raising. As the top as I crest the peak is a holy shit moment. As you hit the top you can’t see anything but sky. I stop mid trail to see if my bumper is hanging out over a 500’ precipice, But it only feels that way. At the top is a plateau that you can fit a couple of vehicles on top… I can’t stop thinking how much a slippery clutch foot would suck right about then. Lol
The route down & out is uneventful. Lovely views & a few hunters. It’s a fairly quiet trail system.
Day 4 I catch a peeping Tom. Oh deer.
I spend the day walking the Fintry Delta. Exploring Fintry Falls, the park, and the old estate buildings. I’d love to come camp here with the family. Someday when I don’t glow in the dark. Lol
Day 4 I spend wandering Bear Creek trails & falls.
Day 5 I decide to take a full day and get a little farther from the cabin. Over Apex mine to the French mine & we’ll see how I can get home after that.
Doing a little Jeep Spelunking in the top mine.
In the bottom mine I walk in as far as I dare… It’s not very far. lol
Twistys on the way out.
I decided to go from Princeton to Peachland cross country & come across the Kettle Valley railway. I’ve always wanted to drive another section of it, and it’s heading basically the right direction so I hop on it. I’m glad I did.
I got to drive through a rain tunnel!
I was keen to drive in a train tunnel for some reason. Whatever. It’s the little things in life. Lol
Anyway. Picture heavy & word light, but I had a great time & explored some lovely country. I love the fall colours & would love to come back someday.