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Myra-Bellevue Park

AKA: Crawford

darryl_amp_kelly-hillbilly Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park is located at the end of Stewart Road in the upper Mission area of Kelowna (right beside Crawford Estates). Drive south up Benvolin Road in Kelowna and continue up the mountain staying left after the bridge over Mission Creek. At the top four-way stop drive straight trough (now on Stewart Road) to the end/park entrance and park in the upper parking area.

Myra-Bellevue is a treasure trove of trails with riding suitable for all levels or disciplines. This is by far the most extensive network in the area. There are endless combinations of cross country/all mountain loops as well as technical all natural downhill’s (Vapour Trial to Connector to Heckle or Rocky Screech is a favorite that can be shuttled via June Springs Road, see your map). The main double track heads up the mountain right off of the parking lot and trails branch out in all directions. For those looking to climb up single track just turn onto Fairlane trail beside the first cattle guard and work your way up using your trail map as a guide. Passing areas such as Teddy Bear Junction and Flamingo Flats you will see various trails dropping in heading back down towards the parking area. Some trails are very technical so ride within your skill set and look before you drop into to technical sections. The park offers endless riding and amazing views of Kelowna, the Westside and Lake Okanagan. The area was heavily impacted by the 2003 forest fire but is well into recovery. The scenery is very interesting with portions of the forest unaffected by the fire and others completely transformed. A ride in the park will offer you an opportunity to see the various stages of forest recovery. Be on the lookout for fallen trees across the trails and do not venture into the park on high wind days as trees continue to fall regularly.

mike-vapor-drop This entire trail network has been mapped and signed. The Friends of The South Slopes (FOSS) worked very hard to produce a fully GPSed detailed trail map of the park. Major trials are signed with poles that will eventually include trail difficulty ratings (a FOSS/BC Parks/MTBco initiative). Pick up a map at your local bike shop and ask for advice of what trails to ride to suit your personal riding ability. FOSS has worked to clear ‘safe zones’ on the two major routes up into the park, Pink Highway and Lost Lake Trail were park users can go for safety in the event of a wind storm. For more information about the park please visit www.foss-kelowna.org or www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/myra.

Also visit the local mountain bike club’s website, Mountain Bikers of The Central Okanagan at: www.mtbco.ca.

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Point “B” is Lower Parking lot

Point “C” is Upper Parking (DH)

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