Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island
Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island:
The growth of the mountain biking industry world wide is just one more way Campbell River has been put on the map. With such networks as the Snowden Demonstration Forest, Beaver Lodge Lands, the Pumphouse Trails, Menzies Mountain Trails and the McIvor Lake Trails, you could visit the area a couple of times a year and not duplicate your experience. Snowden has gained international attention for its 100 kilometres of groomed single track trails, while Beaver Lodge offers much for the novice and intermediate, McIvor lake trails are a little more advanced and offer some amazing vistas along the way and if you are really crazy Menzies mountain trails are for the most extreme rider.
What to Expect:
On Vancouver Island in the past few years there has been a push-on for the de-activation of logging roads that no longer give right of entry to active logging areas.
Although this practice has limited recreational access to certain areas, it has been one of the best things that have happened to the mountain biking enthusiast. This action has given rise to loads of possibilities for circle routes in the immediate vicinity of the city of Campbell River. The challenge created with de-activated roads produce conditions that are more attractive to your novice and to your most serious mountain cyclist than having to contend with traffic on dusty gravel roads in the middle of the summer, it also offers opportunity for both single and double track cycling.
These conditions generate opportunity for long and fast rides, with a virtual guarantee of not meeting anyone on the trail. Nevertheless it is suggested that you proceed with caution as there is also an impressive number of wildlife species in the great outdoors and it is not uncommon to be barreling around a corner to come face to face with a mamma bear and several cubs.
It would be interesting to inventory possible access routes and build an off road cycling guide based just on the de-activated logging roads in the area, however that would be a massive undertaking. As a matter of fact our musings have uncovered so many of these routes crisscrossing the landscape that it would be difficult even to begin listing them all here.
The best course of action to undertake if you are truly interested in exploring these routes, is to purchase a Campbell River Search and Rescue back country map (not a bad thing to do if you are interested in any back country exploration) and simply go out and explore, it could keep you busy for years and you will soon identify your favorite routes.
The Snowden Demonstration Forest offers over 100 kilometres of single tract trail to explore. This can keep even the keenest riders happy for a long time. The diverse nature of the terrain is inspiring from sharp inclines to rocky knolls to every imaginable obstacle including, small tree bridges, puddles or what some people call small lakes, all of this while cycling amongst a stunning well established second growth maple and fir forest.
Also the Beaver Lodge Lands in the heart of Campbell River and the Pump House trails offer a wide array of cycling routes and that are very close to town.