Campbell River is blessed with a haven of mountain biking trails close by that range from flat, paved trails perfect for families with children to single-tracks that would challenge the hard-core and fearless.
Pump House Trails
The Pump House Trails are located between Iron River Road and the Campbell River itself. These are easily accessible and well-marked single-track trails. Turn west off Highway 19 in Campbell River onto Highway 28. Turn north onto Duncan Bay Main and cross the Campbell River. You'll find one trailhead just south of the intersection of Duncan Bay and Iron River Road and another located west of Duncan Bay Road on Iron Bay Road.
Snowden Demonstation Forest
The Snowden Demonstration Forest provides recreational activities that include hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and of course, mountain biking. You'll find this forest west of Campbell River and north of Highway 28 near Loveland Bay Provincial Park. A trail leads from a parking lot on the right of Loveland Bay Road (on the way to Loveland Bay Provincial Campground). Over 30km (19 miles) of trails suite all levels of mountain bike riders and includes the Frog Lake and Lost Lake trail systems. Trails are usually 2 to 8 kilometres (1 to 5 miles) in length and frequently intertwine. Some of the easier-going routes follow old railbeds that have been rehabilitated as recreational trails. Most trails are intermediate to expert, with lots of roots, short steep drops and rolling terrain.
Detailed maps of the trails in the Snowden Demonstration Forest are available from the BC Forest Service district office in Campbell River, 370 South Dogwood Street. Download Trail Map
Beaver Lodge Lands
Beginners should check out the Beaver Lodge Lands near the North Island College campus. Old rail grades, logging roads and hiking tracks make for an enjoyable tour through tall trees. Some recent trail development has added more challenging trails. Download Trail Map (PDF)
This collection of trails, known as Area 51, is full of free riding features. Bring the armor and the big travel suspension and head for McIvor Lake further up Highway 28 from Snowden. One of the sickest stunts is a four foot gap jump from one set of trestles to another, eight feet off the ground. For trail info check out Urban Lemming, 250-286-6340.
Mount Washington Lift Accessed Mountain Biking
Mount Washington offers 2 high-speed lifts, one four-person and one six-person, that are fully equipped to carry you and your bike safely to the top of the mountain. The lifts provide quick and easy access to Mount Washington's 37 kilometres of trails. Whether you're into dirt jumps, wooden stunts, berms, old-school single track, or fast DH rippers, all tastes from novice to expert are catered to. Mount Washington's experienced trail builders have created a mountain bike haven in the heart of Vancouver Island. Trail Map