Okanagan Road Trip – More Riding in the Sun! Rose Valley Regional Park

The trails of the Rose Valley area are supported by the Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan, as well as the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The area where mountain bikers have been most active are on the West side of the Lake and on the East side higher up on the ridge. Three small loops are described closer to the residential areas and signed by the Regional District as their interpretive and conservation initiatives.

As an overview there are 13 named trails in Rose Valley.  The west side of the lake hosts the more technical Daze of Roses switchback climb to descend the steep rocky Jabbarocky and City on the Edge of Forever descents. Daze of Roses is accessed off Rosewood Dr. To get to this trail park at the end of the residential area at the end of the cul de sac of Rosewood Drive.

Lake Loop is another short loop that is also accessed from Rosewood Dr. allows you to circumnavigate the lake in the clockwise direction by joining trails on the east side. Signage on these trails are user made.

Once around the lake there are many intersections. Following the ‘Bike Up’ user made signs will be the best climb to the main trail network. You will eventually get to the more officially signed Rose Lake Regional Park Trails. They have indicated three loops of varying difficulty that are short wide multiuse trails. These are the Yellow Bell Loop, Forest Loop Trail and Bitterrood Loop Trail. Off these trails are many braids and established mountain bike trails – RSVP, Bear Bones and Cattywumpuss which are also accessible from the north side of the Lake Loop.

Confused?  Don’t be; the trails are well-signed and the entry/exit points have kiosks.  There’s a good reason the Rose Valley system is so popular.

Rose Hill June 29, 2015 from Lee Lau on Vimeo.

Start of the climb from Rosewood Dr.

User made signs on the Mountain bike trails.

View of Kelowna from the climb

More climbing

Top of the climb, nice view!

City on the Edge of Forever STEEP descent!

This side of the Reservoir is more volcanic and has some cool rock features such as this arch.

Photo By Johnny Smoke

Steep, loose volcanic rock

Lower grassland section of trail

Lake Loop

View back to the West Side where you can see the columnar basalt

Regional District Loops showing a fraction of the trails in this area. The signs marking the trails are the same colour if not having the same names as the Kiosk Maps. These loops are older more established trails that are sometimes wide and sometimes more narrow.

Older wider trails on the east side

Parking at the end of Rosewood Dr.

Getting there

Heading east on Hwy97 turn left on Westlake Rd. Rosewood turns left off Westlake Rd. West Kelowna Rd also heads off to the left further north. Park at the end of Rosewood Dr. Access from a small parking lot on Westlake Rd., across from the Firehall near Rose Valley Elementary School.

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