Discover why Campbell River is a mountain biker’s paradise

With hundreds of kilometers of amazing single track within minutes of town, it’s no wonder so many mountain bikers are attracted to Campbell River.

You can take the family for a casual ride deep in the woods, you can ride steep and technical trails, or you can put together an all-day epic loop that will showcase why Campbell River is a dream destination for adventurers.

The Beaver Lodge Lands are suitable for any level of fitness or ability. Located in the middle of town and easily accessed from many points along Dogwood Street, you’ll find wide gravel paths, smooth and flowy single track, and a few tight and technical trails.

The Pump House Trail network is at the North end of town and includes lots of nice single track, some exposed rock bluffs and a bit of smooth double track through the trees. Most of these trails will be a bit much for the true beginner, but if you’re ready for a small challenge then the Pump House will suit you well. One of the original trails in this system is “Dean Martin” – the perfect single-track connector from town to the Snowden Demonstration Forest.

The Snowden Forest trails include almost 100km of single track, ideal for all levels of rider. The Lost Frog Loop and the Lost Lake Loop include green and blue trails and are very suitable for a casual spin or a ride with the family.

If your interests lean more towards the technical riding, a variety of black diamond trails will challenge your climbing and descending skills, not to mention your fitness!

You can also assemble a loop that gives you a bit of everything, including beautiful views of Discovery Passage and Quadra Island, all while riding through some of the lushest forest and best single track anywhere. Whether it’s a one-hour ride or five-hour ride, you’ll love the variety.

If you’re an adrenalin junkie, you’ll want to ride Menzies Mountain. This more recently built network is just 10 minutes north of town and offers up some steep terrain where you’ll find a mix of natural and man-made features. Menzies does have shuttle access if you have a 4×4, but if you prefer to earn your turns then approximately 90 minutes of steep climbing will have you at the top. These trails are all black diamond and not for the faint of heart.

In addition to these mountain bike areas, the Campbell River region is also home to Woods Creek, Area 51, Quadra Island and a few cool Dirt Jump trails.

Maps of the main trail networks are available at local bike shops along with great trail advice. Drop in and get some trail tips, or join one of their group rides.

For information visit Campbell River Mirror

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