Photo: Mitch Cheek
Colourful Cariboo COURSES
Shred some gnarly trails, bro….or just go for a nice ride on your mountain bike. With one of the largest legal trail networks in Canada, Williams Lake is known as the Shangri-La of mountain biking, and many of these trails begin within city limits.
In August of 2010 the WIlliams Lake Cycling Club, City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District were proud to open the newly constructed Boitanio Bike Park. Covering over 10 acres, the park is the largest of its kind in the interior of BC. It has 6 major jump lines, pump track, drop zone, flow trails and log work right in the centre of the City. We suggest a run on Fox Mountain (Hillbilly is amazing) then roll down Broadway to the Fox Mountain Brewery, over the bank and you’re in the park. Or just session the park all day while the rest of the family relaxes on the grassy fields of Boitanio Park.
This network is just north of Williams Lake and can be accessed at Deep Creek or Soda Creek. For a super fun quick loop, park at the top of the road leading to X’atsull Heritage Village. Follow the trail under the highway, up, around and down. Looking to extend your ride? Take one of the trails down to X’atsull. This beautiful site is nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. Looking for a killer cross country? Check out Trailforks for a 30km ride with awesome views of the Fraser river and the valley. Be prepared for a few down trees and overgrowth on the trails.
This is the longest standing trail network in Williams Lake and is host to some of the most stunning scenery in the Cariboo. The network has 28 trails totalling over 45Km of single track riding. The network is 28% beginner, 37% intermediate and 40% advanced. All trails can be accessed via a nice climb up Jimmy’s Fox or by shuttling up Fox mountain road. There are three trailheads on the network, all of which has a large kiosk with maps and other information about the trails.
Desous is a half hour drive west of Williams Lake and is home to some truly amazing free riding. Descents of 3,500 feet from the top of Desous Mountain all the way to the Fraser River make this home to some of the biggest lines this side of Golden. This area is intended for advanced riders, as there is no real easy way down. If you’re looking for big lines, this is where it’s at!