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Mountain Biking in Penticton

With our great weather, extended season and world-class variety of routes and trails, Penticton is a renowned mountain biking community. We like to get out and about, whether we’re cruising the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail among the vineyards or tackling a technical route down a mountain side. Thousands of mountain bikers are drawn to Penticton every year to enjoy the berms and booters of our back-country, with the trails maintained by the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA).

Choose Your Trail

Three Blind Mice

The largest network of Mountain Biking trails in Penticton, offering terrain for all rider levels. Here you will find cross-country trails and downhill runs that flow through the forest and offer incredible views of the orchards and vineyards that border Okanagan Lake.
Primary Trail Type: Cross-country & Downhill
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Campbell Mountain

A great network of short trails for all skill levels. The original line from the 1995 BC Summer Games is still active and this is a great spot for beginners.
Primary Trail Type: Cross-country
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Carmi

This area offers a combination of mellow loops through the forest and fast flowing downhill trails with technical rock sections and lots of jumps and gaps. Also a great place for fat-biking in the winter months.
Primary Trail Type: All-mountain & Downhill
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Wiltse

A poplar mountain biking area with the locals. The major climb to the summit consists of many switchbacks, but you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of Penticton. The descents are primarily rock with more technical sections to the south end of of the area.
Primary Trail Type: Cross-country
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Skaha Bluffs

This Provincial Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing. The distinctive terrain features of the bluffs along with the Gilles Creek corridor provides incredible scenery and some technical sections. Rock Ovens is a must ride trial for experienced riders.
Primary Trail Type: Cross-country
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View more mountain biking routes here.

Experience British Columbia’s Most Diverse Bike Trip

Make Penticton your home base and explore the trails of Okanagan Singletrack. Riding the mountain biking communities of VernonKelowna, and Penticton will take you through boundless trails with technical descents, dramatic downhill runs, wide open rail trails, and fast and fun singletrack.

There are countless opportunities to enjoy the “good life” with a mix of adventure and comfort against the stunning backdrop of the Okanagan’s golden hills and turquoise lakes. These trails take you from mighty mountains to lush lakeside orchards, world-famous vineyards to Ponderosa meadows in semi-arid landscapes, all connected by Okanagan Lake.

Responsible & Respectful Biking in BC

Help Maintain the Trails – The trails we ride and recreate on in Penticton are developed and maintained by community members, dedicated volunteers, and passionate bikers. It takes thousands of hours and incredible effort to keep trails open and safe for all bikers. When visiting or riding in a BC community, consider donating to the local trail club – through Trail Karma or directly to the club – and support those who work tirelessly to maintain the trails. Donate to the Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA) here.

Acknowledge Traditional Territories – British Columbia is home to 203 First Nation communities spread over 36 traditional territories. Today, 95% of BC is unceded traditional First Nations territory. These territories are the traditional lands that First Nations and their ancestors have occupied or used since time immemorial. While travelling throughout British Columbia – and while biking on the lands – it is important to respect and acknowledge these traditional territories. We acknowledge that we ride, live, and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People. View the Indigenous Territories map layer on Trailforks.

Respect Wildlife & Nature – In British Columbia, interactions with wildlife are common. Respecting wildlife and knowing what to do during an encounter keeps yourself, communities, and wildlife safe. See WildSafeBC for best practices and information on wildlife encounters and familiarize yourself with tips on how to avoid the spread of invasive species in BC.

Be Prepared & Ride Safe – Mountain biking has inherent risks that can cause personal injury. It is always recommended that safety be the rider’s primary concern. The remote nature of mountain biking in BC dictates the need to take precautions to ensure a safe experience for all. Always tell others where you are going, wear proper safety gear, carry tools and a first aid kit, and avoid riding alone.


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