Distance: 3 – 6 km (per run)
Time: 30 min – 2 hrs (per run)
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A
Technical Rating: Intermediate – Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No
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Gillard contains a vast amount of downhill/freeride trails, all meant for shuttling. Expect some HUGE drops, loads of man-made structures, ladders, bridges, wall rides and rocky technical terrain. The area is great for intermediate to expert riders. A typical run can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on your technical ability and on how often you stop to check out some of the insane lines.
A word of caution: a large number of the wooden ladders, bridges and drops are in need of some TLC and may not be suitable to ride. ALWAYS check before you ride.
TRAILHEAD | N49 45.373 W119 27.042
The Gillard Forestry Service Road is located on the south slopes of Kelowna. Drive south on Lakeshore Road; which will turn into Chute Lake Road. Chute Lake takes a sharp right, instead of veering right, drive straight up the dirt road in front of you. Drive up the mountain to the first big switch back (about 2 km) and park you retrieval vehicle here. At the top (Kettle Valley Rail Bed or K.V.R.) you can park and ride. Drop in on any number of trails to your left or right.
N49 47.204 W119 27.769 (Retrieval Parking)
N49 45.373 W119 27.042 (Drop-Off Parking)
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