The Montane Trails have picturesque mountain views and a combination of gentle, open, low-lying trails suitable for beginners, and more challenging forested trails for advanced trail enthusiasts.
Several trails lead from the area to the Castle Mountain Trail System, offering a challenging yet rewarding day-hike for snow-shoers on well-marked trails. The Montane trail system is managed by Coal Creek Heritage Society.
The area can be accessed from the new trailhead on Montane Parkway off Pine Ave/Cokato Road.
Make sure to stop by the Old Barn and visit the miniature ponies, fainting goats and heritage chickens housed there. The ponies are used for therapy programs with children.
The 'green' trails at the Montane are designated for Cross Country/Nordic skiing only, no dogs are allowed. The trailhead is located on Montane Parkway and the trail starts with a flat section, leading into more challenging forested terrain. There is approximately 10km of groomed trails, with a warming hut at the far end of the trail system, approx 4km from the trailhead.
Blue & Purple trails at Montane are designated 'multi-use' and welcome all non-motorised winter recreational uses. Many of these trails criss-cross the nordic-only trails, please keep to the designated multi-use trails to keep the Nordic trails in good condition for skiing. Trails in the valley bottom are gentler, rising to more challenging terrain. Several trails connect to the Castle Moutain trail system which is well marked and offers spectacular views of the valley. Trails become steeper towards the top of the mountain and are suitable for snowshoeing only.
Please be respectful of all other trail users and keep your dog under control or on-leash at all times. Dog waste bins are stocked with disposable bags so you can clean up after your dog.