Thursday • October 1, 2015
After 4 years of planning and construction, the Lazy Lizard trail connecting Mt Fernie Provincial Park to Island Lake Lodge opened in the summer of 2015.
Winding through the spectacular Giant Western Red Cedars of the Cedar Valley Old Growth Forest, the undulating trail includes breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, wide flowy berms, elevated boardwalks, and wooden decked bridges over crystal clear streams.
The trail is designed for various ability levels including novice and young riders. As it is machine built and extra wide, the trail can accommodate both up and down traffic and is suitable for both bikes and foot traffic. Smooth, even grades, with berms and wide bridges make it an excellent family trail. Please take care to share the trail and ensure dogs are kept under control at all times.
The upper terminus of the trail is Island Lake Lodge. Trail users can relax and enjoy the lodge facilities before relishing in the flowy descent. Cold drinks and delicious lunches are served on the Bear Patio and gourmet dinner is available in the Tamarack Dining Room, which also boasts a 3,000 bottle wine cellar. Rent a kayak for a cooling hour on the tranquil lake or book a relaxing spa treatment for the ultimate in mountain pampering.
Length: 7 km, one-way
Elevation Gain: 339 metres
Trailhead: North side of the Island Lake property gate
This project was a joint effort and well supported by The Fernie Trail Alliance, The Fernie Mountain Bike Club, Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club, Columbia Basin Trust, ZINC Ventures, Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI fund), private donations, numerous volunteers and Island Lake Lodge. Backcountry Trail Experts constructed the majority of the trail supplemented by Fernie trail volunteers and the Island Lake Trail and Glading teams.