Ride: Lumby to Three Valley Gap to Enderby-Mabel Lake Road via Lumby-Mabel Lake Road, Mabel Lake FSR and Three Valley - Mabel FSR

There are three main sections of this ride. The first section is up the east side of Mabel Lake via Lumby-Mabel Lake Road and Mabel Lake FSR. The second section is on the west side of Mabel Lake from Mabel Lake FSR south to Enderby-Mabel Lake Road via Three Valley - Mabel FSR. The third section (actually the middle section) is north along Three Valley - Mabel FSR from where it intersects with Mabel Lake FSR to Three Valley Gap (Hwy 1), a distance of 21 km (one way). There is also an optional side-trip to Noisy Creek located on the west side of Mabel Lake. Sections one and two were in good to excellent condition October 7, 2023.

Last Ridden: Oct 7, 2023 (except the northern 21 km to Three Valley Gap)
Province: BC
Region: North Okanagan
Route Type: Forest Service Road, gravel backroad, paved backroad
Riding Surface: packed gravel (60%), loose gravel, rocks, sand or dirt (20%), pavement (20%) - approximately
Most Suitable For: Dual Sport and Adventure Bike
May Be Suitable For: some Street Bikes (some sections)
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Mabel Lake FSR - 3 Valley-Mabel FSR to 3 Valley Gap -Track.gpx
Three Valley-Mabel FSR - Track.gpx
Noisy Creek - Track.gpx
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The portion of the route from the end of the pavement on Lumby-Mabel Lake Road all the way to Three Valley Gap is basically a smooth gravel road that can be driven in a car. It's about 37 km from Lumby to Mabel Lake Provincial Park and about 70 km from the park to Three Valley Gap (Hwy 1). It's about 58 km from Three Valley Gap to Enderby-Mabel Lake Road. As mentioned above, you can subtract about 21 km off each of the last two distances if you skip the entire portion of the route north of the intersection of Mabel Lake FSR and Three Valley - Mabel FSR (you don't ride to Three Valley Gap).

The best choice of motorcycle if doing the entire ride would be a dual sport or adventure bike; a scrambler should be fine too. Mabel Lake FSR and the north section of Three Valley - Mabel FSR to Three Valley Gap should be passable (but maybe not enjoyable) on most street bikes, at least if the conditions are dry. Note that the condition of the FSRs can vary quite a bit throughout the year. Some sections of the FSRs may be a bit rough or loose for some street bikes / street riders. It can be dusty or a bit muddy depending on rainfall. There are / were some sections with a loose layer of coarse gravel on a hard base. There can be a bit of sand too.

On our ride on October 7, 2023, it looked like there had been some recent road maintenance along Mabel Lake FSR, and road surface was quite smooth for the most part. There was the occasional pot hole and rock cresting through the road (not enough to be an issue for low clearance bikes). There are some hills along the way, but they are not steep.

Three Valley - Mabel FSR (section two, south of the intersection with Mabel Lake FSR) was a bit rougher / bumpier, but still in pretty good condition. There is a greater elevation change along this section with some hills, but they are not real steep. There is a long hill at the northern end, and it has been rutted with some loose rocks in the past, but there has been some recent road work here making it easy to ride (Oct 7, 2023). You should still be able to ride a V-Strom on this road as long as you take it easy along some stretches. The road has a hard base, so on a previous ride, even though it had recently rained, mud was not an issue. Please note once again that the condition of FSRs can vary greatly over time.

The northern section (section three) to Three Valley Gap is a pretty level, good gravel road. It passes by a provincial park and a few recreation sites (Wap Lake, Frog Falls). It's an easy and enjoyable ride with some nice scenery. It's been a few years since I've ridden this stretch.

The Noisy Creek recreation site is located on the west shore of Mabel Lake near the north end. There is a beach, day-use area and camping. It's a pretty spot. The road in is about 5 km and descends from Three Valley - Mabel FSR. It's a bit rough in places, with some small loose rocks, but it is in good enough condition for people to haul their travel trailers in.

In the summer there can be a fair amount of traffic (maybe 20-30 cars, pickups, SUVs on one ride) along Mabel Lake FSR, so be careful on blind corners. There has been a lot of logging activity in the region, so watch for logging trucks especially on weekdays. Also note, there was a major wildfire in 2021 above (east of) Mabel Lake FSR north of Mabel Lake Provincial Park that burned right down to the road. Some of the area impacted by the fire was (is still?) off-limits to the public.

It’s a nice street bike ride from Lumby to Mabel Lake Provincial Park (paved except the last 2.6 km) and also along Enderby-Mabel Lake Road (paved).

Trinity Valley Road connects Lumby-Mabel Lake Road with Enderby-Mabel Lake Road and is easily ridden on most street bikes. The road is paved part way on both ends and then become mostly smooth, hard packed gravel (it's almost like pavement in some sections).

Below are some references from a previous ride (few years ago) where I skipped the section to Three Valley Gap

- 0 km: Lumby Shell gas station, Hwy 6 - take Lumby-Mabel Lake Road (to the north), a very nice ride
- 34.4 km: pavement ends
- 37.0 km: entrance to Mabel Lake Provincial Park
- at about 49 km: roads drops down to shoreline
- 55.6 km: side road on left to Cottonwood Beach BC Recreation Site (camping fees in effect)
- 63.4 km: back to Mabel Lake FSR
- 65.9 km: road has become dusty; a thin layer of sand and loose gravel on a hard base; road gradually narrows with potholes present. Except for the potholes, the road is quite smooth in most sections.
- 72.9 km: road narrow and high above the lake; only glimpses of the lake through the trees; some rocks on road
- there is limited lake access because the road is mostly up above lake on the hillside; there is very little public lake access
- a lot of the road cuts through the trees, so views are limited – it’s a nice ride, though
- 93.0 km: bit of an incline, but still passable on a street bike – it’s not that steep
- 95.4 km: bridge
- 95.6 km: intersect with Kingfisher FSR / Three Valley Mabel FSR; you can carry on north to Three Valley Gap (Hwy 1) which is about another 21 km, but for this ride I headed south
- road becomes rougher – small rocks / coarse gravel, shallow ruts (the road has improved since); still passable on some street bikes, but not the best choice; some inclines, but not steep
- 108.5 km: cross under power lines
- 109.7 km: intersection – kept right
- 112.3 km: the turnoff to Noisy Creek Rec Site; it's about 5 km to Mabel Lake - a nice spot, day use area, boat launch and camping (fees apply)
- 113.9 km: 19 km marker (old) on stump on left; a newer 19 km marker further on; road gradually widens; there are potholes and some ruts; coarse gravel and very dusty (little dust on Oct 7, 2023)
- 133.2 km: Enderby Mabel Lake Road
- it's about 31.4 km to Hwy 97 and 21.7 km to Ashton Creek Store (gas); a few hundred metres before the store is the turn-off to Trinity Valley and Lumby
- Lumby (Hwy 6) is 45.7 km away via Trinity Valley Road. The first 6 km is paved, followed by 28.6 km of good, hard-packed gravel and then 11 km of pavement to Hwy 6. Trinity Valley Road can be ridden easily on just about any street bike.

The distances above include the side trip into Cottonwood Beach Recreation Site (about 7.8 km).

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