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Pedal to the metal
Some call it mountain biking, but here in the valley of the Cariboo, Monashee and Rocky Mountain ranges, we just call it biking and we’ve been doing it long before it became one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Valemount was made for mountain bikers. Play it safe and wind your way through lower valley trails, bumping over roots and making easy, forested descents, or crank your legs and go up. Think you’ve got what it takes to climb Canoe Mountain? Even in granny gear it’s a heinous climb, but the view from the top and the ride back down is worth every bead of sweat, every knotted muscle, every blister you earned en route to the summit.
Bring the family along and pack a picnic for this scenic tour through the Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary, the beginner trail is a great place for youngsters to develop a life-long love of the sport. Work your way up to the Kinney Lake Trail, most suited for amateurs, there’s an easy climb up with a bit of a challenge on a switchback near the start of the lake to keep the route interesting. When you get to the end of the route, there’s a bike lock-up. Extend your adventure, park your bike and hike. Make a weekend of it, and hike to Berg Lake — one of the most popular hikes in the area. Follow that sound! Overlander Falls is one of the most popular trails in the region. An easy route to find (start from the parking lot of the Mount Robson Visitor’s Centre), and ride through the forest to reach the falls — a pretty good reward for a two-hour ride.
Test your endurance
Searching for epic downhill? Look no farther than Andreas’ Upper and Lower Loop. Meant for the experienced rider, the loop hands you steep grades, a boardwalk and is far and away the best downhill trail in Valemount. Put your legs to the test and ride to the trailhead, or cheat and get a shuttle, either way you’re in for a fun ride back down. Try another loop — this one at Swift Creek — which isn’t quite as vigorous a downhill route, but has a nice sweet descent if you start at the south side.
Cross Country Riding
For the cross country riders, the Selwyn Trail will take three–four hours if ride from town and stop and smell the wildflowers. Also a must-ride for cross-country is the Pack Saddle Creek Loop, which features an easy downhill section and some good side-hill riding. For hard climbing worth the effort, go for The Lookout Trail. You’ll forget about the gruelling ascent when you reach the top and drink in that well-earned view. While nothing beats the scenery, the thrill of the ride back down comes in a close second.
For those who can’t ever seem to climb high enough, Canoe Mountain in the Monashees awaits. The ride starts at the base of Canoe Mountain and just keeps climbing to 2,621 m (8,599 ft). Climb that mountain, ride through the different climactic zones (stop and catch your breath liberally along the route) and when you reach the top and come back down know that only the most fit attempt this trail — and you just proved you belong in that club.