Fernie Mountain Bike Trails
Fernie is a rustic, homely mountain town with enough mountain bike trails to keep anyone occupied for days.
The humble charm of the various networks is a reflection of the local spirit, shared with its many unique small businesses. Fernie is well worth a trip on its own, and should be a major stop if you’re passing through the area.
My favourite network is the enduro style Mount Fernie. Punchy climbs are rewarded with sweeping views of the valley and sustained, well executed roller coaster rides to the bottom.
For a solid enduro loop try Stove Trail – Mushroom Head – Lactic Ridge over to Slunt and then Brokeback Ridge all the way to the bottom. Then, hop on Lazy Lizard and head up to Project 9: an exciting downhill with various different trail options on the descent.
If cross-country is more your style, the Ridgemount and Montane networks on the opposite side of town provide endless combinations and variety.
For something in between, Swine Flu is a local classic and easy to access off Hwy 3.
If you’re up for a challenge, check out Fernie Brewing’s Trail to Ale: Climb Project 9, Hyperventilation, and Swine Flu within 24 hours and get rewarded with free beer and a sticker!
Freshies Cafe’s a located in the heart of downtown Fernie and their baking is without rival.
There’s plenty of options for either a quick breakfast snack or a carb stockpile for your big day riding.
Freshies is especially close to the Ridgemont Trails, making it a perfect meet-up spot to get your coffee fix before hopping on this network.
Gear Hub Fernie is your go-to place for everything biking. I’ve had excellent experiences at all the bike shops in Fernie, but Gear Hub definitely stands out.
They’ve saved a couple trips by stocking odds and ends I wouldn’t have found elsewhere. I’ve blown a couple freehubs in Fernie and on one occasion a mechanic rummaged through their excess parts bin to help me find one that worked.
if you want quality customer service, or hard-to-find parts in a pinch, Gear Hub is the place to be.
The trails in Fernie are amazing, thanks to the hard work of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club.
Whether you’re a frequent visitor, or just popping by, consider donating to this hard working organization.
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