20 Mile Creek Road For ATV Riding
The 36th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in British Columbia.
Saturday 25 June 2016 05:15 GMT
Southwest of Kelowna and north of Headley, the 20 Mile Creek Road is open to ATV riding. It is located on the east side of the Hedley River.
Head north from the Hedley townsite on the east side of Hedley River. The paved road soon turns to gravel. Do not turn at the branch marked "Do Not Enter - Live Mining"; its been closed for years, but the road has a really deep trench dug across it. The straight road turns into a very narrow shelf road that eventually ends; this is the 20 Mile Creek Road. Heading back, you will see a different fork other than the one with the sign; this will switchback up the mountain above Hedley, heading towards Aberdeen Ridge. Youll find a few old cement structures along the way, along with a pile of core samples just dumped on the hillside. You will eventually arrive at a plateau with the remains of a rail system for mine carts, which leads to a mine opening in the middle of the cliff. From this vantage point of approximately 1200m, you can see Hedley far below to the south-east. Should you decide to hike into the mine, you will find that its a steeply-angled climb in a straight line heading up into the mountain. There are a few wooden steps on the right side, but beware as many are rotten and will not support your weight. The steps soon disappear, and you will be climbing on slippery wet rock and loose dirt. There are a few storage rooms in the sides of the shaft, along with the occasional piece of machinery and electrical fixture. It s a long climb; our flashlight batteries ran out and we never made it to the top of the incline. Back on the plateau, theres a small rock fallout just past the mine entrance; this path is overgrown and difficult, and leads to the top of the mountain, and to a hiking trail that eventually comes out at at Nickle Plate Mountain to the east.
Note: As of August 2008, the Ministry of Forests Regulations require all ATV drivers to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to ride on Forest Service Roads. In addition, the ATV must have valid third-party liability insurance, which is typically around $120 per year. The Conservation Officers will issue a $600 ticket if you do not have proof of insurance.
Overall, 20 Mile Creek Road is the 36th most popular ATV riding trail of all 61 ATV trails in British Columbia.