This trail takes you through the central park of Kalamalka Lake Park. I runs along the south side of the "mountain" in the middle os the park. Along the cliff there is a crazy lookout where the cliff drops away and it can give you the willys to get too close. The climb is not difficult, but feels relentless in some spots. The coolest part is the view of Cosens Valley from the top of the trail.
To form a loop to take you back to the Red Gate, take the 2 km Parabola trail.
The loop uses Coldstream Creek Rd to connect between Kidston Rd and Cosen's Bay Road
New GPS attached May 22, 2008, is mine (Sdecarie) and is a complete riding loop that uses Cosen's Bay Road then Sidewinder trail back to the Red Gate
Kidson Road takes you right along the park and past the Red Gate and parking area. It is just a pulloff with room for about 6 or 7 cars. Take Kalamalka Lake Road of highway 97, just south of Vernon, go down the switchbacks and stay right at the weird yield place. Follow this road along the shoreline and turn right onto Kidson.
You can start at either the above mentioned gate or at the Kalamalka Park entrance on Cosen's Bay Road.
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Posted By: thayers
- Sat Apr 10 15:10:40 UTC 2010
UpsideGreat climb up Parabola. The real treat is the flowing rip of a descent down look out trail. Limitless trails in the area. Awesome views of the Mountains in the area and Kalamalka Lake. DownsideDon't look over the side while riding. The ride as the poster entered it does not take advantage of the best methods of maximizing single track. CommentI gave this particular posting a Good rating because it is not the best method IMHO of doing the Look Out Trail.
There are 2 methods of getting up to the top of the lookout trail. Parabola as described in the post is the best and most challenging. The alternate is to take the Coming Around the Mountain "trail" (it's a gravel road) to its highest point. You will see a trail map sign and a Powerline access road going up. Go up it. This is known locally as "The Wall". The first part is a grunt but then flattens out and meets up with Parabola near the top.
When you go down the lookout trail, take a right at the fork in the trail. This will take you down to a trail tee that has a rock Cairn. Go right. At the next fork, go left for mini-Moab or right to complete the trail. They both lead to The Red Gate parking area. Lather, rinse repeat if you wish.
I will be posting many more Vernon/Kal Park trail maps soon. Many, many, many more. The Cosins Bay side of the trail system is extensive.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Fri May 23 03:08:50 UTC 2008
UpsideThere are some nice view points along the way DownsideEither direction you get to go both up and down. I'd be inclined to ride the look counter clockwise. I did it clockwise and walked a couple hills