Biking the Similkameen
The China Ridge area offers a great cycling day trip for all levels of riders.
Kettle Valley Loop
Cyclist will enjoy the Kettle Valley Loop from downtown Princeton up to China Ridge to explore the trails and back to Princeton on the KVR/GT. You can begin your 40 km (25 mi) round trip ride from downtown Princeton or you can shuttle up to the trailhead at China Ridge, which takes away 15 km (9 mi) of the uphill section of the trail. The China Ridge Rail Trail meanders through a challenging course of trees, rocks, deadfalls and dips. Then it goes down to beautiful White Sands Beach along the Tulameen River on the KVR/GT. There is a refreshing swimming hole and a sandy beach where you can rest before tackling the return ride along the KVR/GT. This scenic trip follows the picturesque Tulameen River, through two tunnels and over three bridges and brings you right back into Princeton.
Princeton west to Tulameen: For an overnight trip, (52 km/32 mi return) take the same route and continue on past Coalmont to Tulameen. Tulameen was known as Otter Flats during the gold rush. North of Tulameen is Otter Lake Provincial Park with a lakeside campground.
Princeton east to Osprey Lake: At 4 km (2 mi) east of Princeton, you will pass by Princeton Castle Resort and the historic stone ruins of the Portland Cement Plant finished in 1908. The first 20 minutes of this trip is all uphill. Be sure to plan ahead and bring plenty of water. The Jura Loops part of the trail offers scenic views of the Hayes Creek Valley below. From there it’s another 25 km to the Chain Lake Campground. Stop here or ride the trail a few more minutes to Osprey Lake where you’ll bed down for the night in a rustic campground.
Get more great trail ride information at the Princeton Visitors’ Centre in the heart of downtown Princeton.