DescriptionThe following is a list of trails in the region, beginning with Castlegar.
Castlegar offers excellent recreation opportunities on both sides of the Columbia River. An extremely popular day ride is the Columbia and Western Trail, a portion of the TransCanada Trail. It's an abandoned rail grade between Midway and Castlegar. This historic trail was originally built in 1897, so pack a lunch for this one, it's a great trip. You'll enjoy the scenic heritage. The Merry Creek Trails, just a few kilometres west of Castlegar on Highway #3, is where you can discover some of the area's earliest history. And, if you like wildlife, you'll love the Mel DeAnna Trail, just across the Kinnaird Bridge on the Castlegar/Salmo Highway. Dove Hill, Kinnaird Pipeline or the Brilliant Dam ride are other choice adventures.
The Christina Lake area offers a wide variety of trails for every biking skill from soft adventure to extreme riding. The Old Kettle Valley Railway was decommissioned years ago and is now a popular and ideal biking trail for the family, also a part of the TransCanada Trail. The Cascade Gorge offers a spectacular view. Listen TransCanada Trail audio For the more adventurous, the Westlake Trail offers 3-4 kilometres (2-3 mi) of steep single tracks and some good white-knuckle descents for the agressive biker.
Cranbrook's community forest echo with the excited hoots of mountain bikers and trail walkers, eager for evening adventure close at hand as spring draws daylight into the evening hours. Rising out of uninspiring thickets of dense bush on it's lower reaches, the area soon opens up to reveal grassy meadows surrounding the Alkali Lakes. Further into the forest, impressive stands of pine and larch and pockets of lush vegetation yield even more surprises for the traveller as they descend to Kettle Lake from the south. Cranbrook is also linked to Wardner in the East and Kimberley in the West via two multi-use rail trails, the North Star Rail Trail and the C2W Destination Trail, both part of the TransCanada Trail.
Creston Valley / Kootenay Lake East Shore
The Trails for Creston Valley Society and the East Shore Trail & Bike Assoc. offer a wonderful inventory of accessible walking, biking and hiking trails throughout the Creston Valley that connect communities and highlight the natural wonders of the area. The Creston Valley's most popular hiking trail is Balancing Rock Trail - the trailhead is well marked and found just a short distance from Hwy #3 on W Creston Road. The hike reward is expansive views of Creston and area; a must-do for photographers and view-junkies. A visit to the Kootenay Lake shoreline is a treat in all seasons.
East Shore Trails
Fernie offers a myriad of mountain biking opportunities from the Educational Forest offering leisurely trails with interpretive signage, to expert trails like Roots. Some popular rides in Fernie and surrounding Elk Valley include Cokato Road, The Coal Creek Heritage Trail, Fernie Alpine Resort, Roots and Roots Extensioin and the Ich Bin Sofa Trail. There's trips and trails to suit every taste and ability!
For a great ride in an amazing setting, try mountain biking in Golden. There are trails for the novice to the matured mountain biker. From easy forestry and fire roads, abandoned railway spurs to old natural game trails that have been upgraded. Not to be missed is the Canyon Creek Trail. The latter portion of this 30 kilometre (19 mi) return loop from downtown takes place a few metres from the edge of a spectacular 500 foot (152 m) canyon. It's a trail for those who like to explore heights. The route includes some climbs, some scenic flat roads and the occasional single track technical riding. Other popular biking areas include Moonraker Trail System, Dawn Mountain cross-country ski trails, Mount 7 and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
Discover the unique charm and beauty of the Columbia Valley and the Invermere & Radium Hot Springs areas. Just west of Radium Hot Springs, the Forster Creek Road provides a peaceful ride with gentle grades. The Lake Enid Trail is also an easy 2 kilometres (1 mi) around the lake's edge, just west of Wilmer. For those of you with plenty of endurance, one kilometre before the Panorama Mountain Resort, on Toby Creek Road, the 11 kilometre (6 mi) steep road leaves the old mine trailing site, climbs over the alpine ridge to Bruce Creek and offers extensive views of both valleys. Panorama Mountain Resort also runs the Mile 1 high speed quad chairlift to shuttle mountain bikes up for 1,200 vertical feet of descent.
The Kimberley Nature Park is a great place to hike, bike and ski. The trails are a mix of old logging and mining roads, and hand-built footpaths, located entirely within the city boundaries. The several dozen kilometres of multi-use trails, criss-cross the forested hillsides, linking small ponds and panoramic viewpoints into a unique soft-wilderness experience for residents and visitors alike. Some suggested rides include Duck Pond Loop, Pat Morrow Trail Loop, Myrtle Mountain Traverse and South Side Loop.
The Nakusp Trail Society manages 8 trails for every level of fitness and interest.. Most are for hiking only, but some are also great for mountain biking, horseback riding and motorized use. All trails are near an active road or can easily be reached by logging roads which often take you close to the subalpine. The Hot Springs Trail (8.5 km / 5 mi) meanders alongside the Kuskanax Creek following the pioneers' original packhorse route of 1912. This trail and footbridge offer an alternate route from the village to the hot springs.
Mountain biking terrain in the Nelson area is outstanding - rising from the shores of Kootenay Lake's west arm, the area's steep mountains are a source of inspiration for the hardcore mountain biker. The single tracks that have been developed are the real deal. Although, whether an old forestry road, pack trail or rail grade, you are sure sure to view some of the most exhilarating geography. Some excellent hiking opportunities include Monica Meadows near Argenta, and the Harrop-Proctor Trail network. The recently abandoned Burlington Northern right-of-way provides access to a wide variety of forested mountain bike trails ranging from double black diamond to easy.
Revelstoke is known as one of the top 10 adventure spots in North America. It offers world-class mountain biking recreation from fun runs on cross-country ski trails to challenging single track rides to spectacular falls. An interesting one hour curcuit with lots of options is the Mount Revelstoke National Park Loop. The Revelstoke Dam Trail via Western Access Road will provide you with beautiful mountain views of the dam, a peaceful cycle and Lake Revelstoke at the end. The Martha Creek Trail is a fun downhill trail and can be accessed by climbing the Sale Mountain Fire Road, located 2 kilometres (1 mi) past Martha Creek Campground. The list of mountain bike trails goes on and on, and maps are available at the Revelstoke Chamber.
Rossland is a downhill paradise. Ride more than 100 kilometres (62 mi) of mountain biking trails. Intermediate riders should check out the Dewdney Trail, an 18 kilometre (11 mi), 900 m/3,000 ft descent on single track through the forest. Dilley's, another popular ride is relatively easy with some fast downhill sections; a distance of 4.3 km (2.7 mi), vertical 240 m/800 ft. Enjoy beginner to advanced trails with one-hour to all-day itineraries around this small mountain town known as the 'Mountain Bike Capital of Canada'.
The Silvery Slocan area - New Denver, Sandon, Slocan Lake is an area of deep glacial lakes separated by towering mountains, dense forests and wilderness parks. The mining history has left this area with a legacy of historic towns, old mines and railway grades with endless opportunities to explore on foot or by bike. The Galena Trail is a 13 kilometre (8 mi) park running from Rosebery Provincial Park to Three Forks. A perfect outing for the whole family; it includes bridges, trail signage and a cable car ride over Carpenter Creek. Another favourite is the Kaslo & Slocan Railway Loop. An approximate 13 km ride for intermediates and experts. The first section is a straight, level road and then a single track begins with plenty of ups and downs.
Near the city of Trail, the village of Montrose offers the Antenna Trail Loop and the Flag Viewpoint. This is an easy to moderate trail, approximately 4.5 km (3 mi) round trip, well maintained and easy to follow. The Loop winds its way along the cliffs above Montrose offering spectacular views and wildlife viewing opportunities. There's a trail to suit everyone!