The Best Biking Trails in The Columbia Valley
Located within the majestic “Valley of a Thousand Peaks,” in between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges, the Columbia Valley offers some of the most diverse mountain biking trails and cycling routes in Canada. Here you can descent from alpine peaks, enjoy challenging technical downhill trails, or enjoy a relaxed recreational route, so whether you’re an enthusiastic recreational rider or seasoned professional we’ve got you covered.
This historic 9-kilometre trail runs between Radium Hot Springs and Dry Gulch. The Old Coach Trail winds along the benchlands above the Columbia Valley offering picturesque views of the Columbia Wetlands below. This trail is great for novice riders or for those looking for a leisurely, scenic ride.
A pump track is a trail that consists of small jumps and corners, which allows riders to ‘pump’ their bike over the jumps as they gain momentum as they go. This trail offers riders of all skill levels and abilities the opportunity to work on their skills as they perfect their technique.
The Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail is a multi-recreational world-class network of paved trails that connects the communities of Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. The trail is broken into seven segments and offers 25-kilometres of trail, seven picnic areas, three creek crossings, and 7 interpretive areas that offer endless outdoor enjoyment for the entire family.
If you like a fast flowy singletrack, this trail is for you! The trailhead is located near Lake Lillian; this 11-kilometre trail forms a loop through open forest and along the Toby Creek Canyon offering both intermediate and experienced riders not only a challenging and thrilling ride but spectacular views. If you’re a novice looking to gain some experience, look for the Junior Johnson which starts from the Johnson trailhead.
Considered the Columbia Valley’s premier mountain biking destination, Mount Swansea offers approximately 20-kilometres of mostly black diamond trails and is not for the faint of heart. However, if you are prepared for a challenge, you will be well rewarded with an adrenaline-filled day.
Located at Nipika Mountain Resort, the Cross River Canyon Trails offers a magnificent network of trails spanning over 1,500 acres and is set along the scenic Kootenay and Cross River Valley. Trails range from north and south of the resort. The south loop offers beginner terrain, while the north trails towards the Cross River vary from beginner to expert.
With alluring alpine charm, Bighorn Meadows Resort spectacular mountain setting offers many activities for the outdoor enthusiast. To find the best trail suitable for your skill level and abilities, check out TrailForks.com to map out your routes. Contact us to customize your Columbia Valley getaway.