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Cyclists have another new 'hidden' trail in Vernon

Image Credit: SUBMITTED: Ribbons of Green Trail Society
August 26, 2020 - 6:00 AM

Largely hidden between Highway 97, the Okanagan Rail Trail and Kalamalka Lake, the final stretch of the Kal Crystal Waters Trail has recently been completed.

The trail that officially opened in June 2019 starts at Okanagan College's Vernon campus and runs parallel to the Okanagan Rail Trail. Another two kilometres of off-road trail have just been completed.

According to a media release from the Ribbons of Green Trails Society, the 1.8-kilometre section connects from the north end of Crystal Waters Road to the existing trail which continues to Bailey Road to the north.

"Open for both bikers and hikers, the new trail is a wonderful hiking trail – birders will love the forest and ravines – with its meandering route. Bikers need to be prepared for some steep inclines, soft soil, boulders, narrow track and sharp switchbacks," the Ribbons of Green Trails Society says in a media release.

The not-for-profit group says the Kal Crystal Waters Trails as well as existing roads and combined with the Okanagan Rail Trail, is a popular circular route often used by cyclists.

"However, when you use the trail take your time. Stop regularly to look across Kal Lake, to watch cyclists on the rail trail below, to listen to a bird call or to breathe in some fresh air. Even though you are just a short distance below the busy highway, you’ll find this trail to be a sanctuary in nature and beauty," says the release.

For more information on the trail go here.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED: Ribbons of Green Trail Society

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