Here is a selection of favourite trails by the local Powell River Cycling Association.
Willingdon Beach Trail: fast, wide and flat, this lead-out follows the ocean shoreline through an old growth forest of massive trees littered with artifacts from the local forestry museum.
Zevier’s Trail: a very short bit of singletrack through a community forest cutblock.
Blue Trail: an old roadway that is now a fast flat dirt doubletrack.
Blue Connector Trail: another very old, narrower dirt doubletrack.
Suicide Creek Trail: a local favourite, twisting and turning through a mossy forest of towering evergreen trees, across countless hand-built wooden bridges.
Farside Trail: a fast-paced mossy trail culminating with riders descending to the Blackwater Creek Bridge at Kelly Falls. A local “must see” waterfall, from the walkway leading directly beneath the falls.
Aloha Trail: After climbing back out of the ravine, riders turn right and immediately climb towards the spectacularly arched Aloha Bridge visible in the distance. Passing first underneath, riders then circle round to ride across this hand-built western red cedar bridge built by local riders especially for the BC Bike Race. This location has become a “must visit”, with many visitors having their photo taken on the bridge. Riders then continue to climb, passing first the local tiki bar and then a large wooden statue guarding the bridge.
Green Road Trail: Once a logging road, it is now a wide moss-covered trail, at times double track and at other times little more than singletrack. Elevation gain is gentle, pace is fast as riders achieve the highest elevation point of the course.
Death Rattle: The descending begins, as riders follow the fast flowing Sweetwater Creek down the steep but lush mossy slopes. This ribbon of purpose-built singletrack twists and turns through the forest of huge Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees.
W8 Trail: riders are treated to another of our favorite xc-style trails, rolling up and down through a lush mossy riparian zone, ending in a short steep descent onto Cable Trail.
Cable Trail: This old logging spur is now fast, flat singletrack - very much like the Green Road Trail.
Toad Hollow Trail: A short tight and twisty trail down through a gulley and up over a pass that drops riders into Frog Alley.
Frog Alley Trail: This trail leads riders through a bog of Labrador Tea along a hand-built cedar boardwalk several hundred metres long.
Mud Lake Trail: Frog Alley leads riders up out of the bog and onto a long trail under a canopy of mature forest towards Squirrel Crossing Bridge. At first the trail is fast and wide, but then transitions into several hundred metres of what locals call “the Root Garden”. While West Coast riders usually have the skill set to enjoy and finesse the challenge of the large and seemingly endless set of rooty twists and turns - others may find it quite challenging.
Squirrel Crossing Bridge: This bridge is a long hand-built log bridge with a viewing platform and benches mid-point.
Bob’s Yer Uncle: This 2000-metre trail offers some of the sweetest riding in the area. A slight descent makes for a very fast flowing ride along the shore of Haslam Lake, source of Powell River’s drinking water.
Cream Soda Trail: This 1000-metre long trail begins with a left turn off the gravel road and first takes riders along 500 very fast metres of an old logging spur overgrown with young alder, always the first trees to grow like weeds on any old logging spur along BC’s coast. Emerging into a small mossy rock face clearing, racers then turn left and roll off the slab, transitioning into tight twisting singletrack built along yet another old rocky spur before again transitioning into an extremely loamy trail through a lush mature forest which leads to a new (yet to be built) bridge across Cream Soda Creek and a short ride up to Duck Lake FSR Branch 2. Near the top above the bridge riders may notice some culturally modified trees beside the trail, where cedar bark has been stripped off as has been done by the Coast Salish First Nations people for thousands of years in order to make hats, baskets and other cultural items.
51 Dodge Trail: Emerging from Cream Soda onto the road, on your left about 25 metres you can see the intersection of Branch 2 & Branch 7. On the other side of the road directly above the intersection, 51 Dodge heads up into the bush. This trail leads riders up towards the summit of Myrtle Springs Trail. It starts first with a sweet ride through a 20-year-old pine forest, then climbs up old logging spurs into a 10 year-old stand of fir until finishing with more climbing through a mature stand of fir where it intersects the Myrtle Springs Trail.
26. Myrtle Springs Trail: Riders join this familiar trail much closer to the summit. The descent begins down towards the Edgehill Rip - anenduro course. This stretch of the trail, as racers descend towards the long bridge, snakes through a partial retention cutblock.
Pick up printed maps at the Visitor Centre at 4760 Joyce Avenue or download them at www.bikepowellriver.ca