With over a hundred trails spread across five mountain areas, it's easy to get overwhelmed as to where to start your mountain biking adventure.
Public access to all Ridgemont Trails will be closed from mid-October. More here
We've collaborated with local bike specialists Straight Line Bicycles & Skis, GearHub Sports, and Guides Hut (plus a bonus route courtesy of Fernie Brewing Company) to share some of our favourite trail combinations. If you are a Trail Forks app user, click on the routes to find them. With the App you'll be able to quickly locate the trailhead, and track your position and progress.
Mountain biking is an adventure sport much like skiing or snowboarding. Our community-built and maintained trail network has been graded in a similar fashion starting with the easiest labelled as green; through to blue, black, and black double diamond. Trails are shared by hikers, trailer runners, and dog walkers and can be bi-directional in some places. Please be safe out there, ride trails within your ability, and be courteous to other users.
These routes are ideal for riders wanting to build their confidence on a mountain bike. Perfect whether this is your first time riding a mountain, or a seasoned rider wanting to work on new skills.
Cemetery Trail Loop is a friendly teaser to riding in Fernie. If mountain biking was a three-course meal, this is the appetizer of choice to get you into the swing of things. If after this loop you're feeling confident and your stoke level is running high, then head further towards Montane for more challenge. Maybe try GearHub Sports recommendation below.
The Inclusive Trail is a new addition for spring 2019 in the Montane Area. This machine-built trail is a wide and buff out and back route to the Montane Hut. Expect a gradual climb a few wide, open switchbacks along the way. Great tip - pack in a bite to eat for when you get to hut. It's a perfect spot to stop for lunch.
Distance: 7km return
The Lazy Lizard is accessible from the Fernie Provincial Park, where you'll ascend up to the beautiful Island Lake Lodge. Once there, relax and take in the views with a well earned cold beverage before negotiating the fun downhill through smooth flowing berms back to the bottom. This trail is all about what mountain biking in Fernie is about, pure fun!
Distance: 7km /14km (One Way/Return)
As an intermediate rider, you're confident on Green and Blue trails, and perhaps challenging yourself with some Black trails. These trails involve more intensive climbs but reward you with faster and steeper descents. Depending on how long you are wanting to ride, conquer these routes on their own, or one after each other.
Swine Flu perfectly tacks onto the end of the 'Deadfall/Sidewinder' route (above) to extend your ride if you want to explore Mt. Proctor. Otherwise, it's another great stand-alone route and a true local's favourite. The climb is more of a grind, but you'll be greeted with stunning views of Fernie at the top bench. Please be aware that cattle graze at the base of this trail, so, unfortunately, no dogs are allowed.
Distance: 7km (Loop)
Duration: 1 - 1.5hrs
Advanced riders can happily ride any trail around Fernie, but take our advice and don't ignore the trails seen above just because they're listed as novice & intermediate. However, if you're looking to throw something hardcore into the mix, look no further. You will get air, and there will be some small to moderate sized drops. These trails are the ones you'll be telling people back home about.
Guide's Hut Recommendation set you off over the west bridge into west Fernie. There are a couple of climbs up Mount Fernie before you're rewarded with some fast, twisty runs down Dem Bones, and Red Sonya.
Distance: 13km (Loop)
S-Bomb (aka. Slunt) ventures higher up the iconic Mount Fernie. It's a tough climb, but you won't regret it once you've finished the long snakey descent. Afterwards, if your heart is for screaming for more, Project 9 (below) is just a short pedal up Island Lake Road.
Distance: 8km (One Way)
Duration: 2.5hrs (loop from town)
Project 9 is a great way to finish off an S-Bomb route if you're legs are up for the task. This one-way loop runs clockwise starting half way up Island Lake Lodge Road.
Distance: 7km (One Way)
Duration: 2 - 3 hrs (loop from town)
Straight Line's Recommendation takes us up Castle Mountain approaching from the new Montane Trails where you'll catch an occasional view of the majestic Castle Rock. Have a good look, because that is where we're pedalling towards. Keep your head up and remember to take in the epic view of the Lizard Range from the vista points on the way.
Distance: 14km (Complete Loop)
Duration: 2 - 3 hrs from town
Trail to Ale Course is a bonus route created by Fernie Brewing Company. You'll be riding down three of the locals favourites trails on three different mountains; Swine Flu, Hyper Ventilation, and Project 9. If you do all three within 24 hours with photographic proof, Fernie Brewing Company will provide the post ride beer you have so definitely earned. Click on the trail link for more details.
Distance: 45km (Complete Loop)
This list is by no means conclusive, and there are plenty more to discover just by going out end exploring. If you have your own favourite Fernie route, we'd love you to share it with us on Facebook.