The Elk Valley Trail
We have so much to be grateful for in Fernie. With all the recent Wildfires in BC and surrounding area, we are truly fortunate to have been minimally impacted. Yes, we had our trail closure for a few weeks but it just makes you appreciate the fantastic trails even more.
One trail that we have so many people to give our gratitude to is the Elk Valley Trail (part of The Great Trail/Trans Canada Trail). Firstly, the funders, Trans Canada Trail and Columbia Basin Trust for supporting this project. Thank you to all the volunteers, contractors and our Project Manager, Jeff Volp for your countless hours on the trail. Finally, to the landowners who gave us permission to build on their land.
A very accessible segment of the trail is the Fernie to Hosmer piece. You can do it as an out and back or arrange for a ride back to town. A great pick up location is at the Hosmer Ruins off Stephenson Road.
Start at the Aquatic Centre, cross Ridgemont Drive and take Kootenay Elk Trail to Old Stumpy, a double track segment. The fun begins as you start the climb on Coal Discovery Trail. This has been revitalized with some great berms and flow sections. Once you get off the single track at the Porky Blue junction, turn left and follow the power line to Hosmer. There are some good ups and downs, finishing with a downhill to the pick up point at the Hosmer Ruins.
Distance: Approx. 15 km (one way)
Time: Approx. 2-2.5 hours