Volunteerism and Fall Views

It takes a lot of spirit to maintain our trail network. With over 300 kilometres of trails, we could not maintain and build our trails without the dedication of our volunteers. They have been working hard this season along with various contractors hired by the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA). Here are just a few of the highlights of some of the projects that were completed.

One major success was the build of the new Swine Flu climb. Our volunteers worked hard to build this new section in record time after gaining approval from Crown and the graze leaseholder. Later in the summer, the FTA gained approval from the City of Fernie to build Kiddy Down, a fun trail for all levels to enjoy providing access to the lower Ridgemont trails on City property. As well, both volunteers and contractors worked hard to finish and clean up the Loose Change section of the Trans Canada Trail. And most recently, volunteers Rick Weiss and Pat Gilmar proposed opening a route in Ridgemont with the property owners, and once approved led a Thursday evening work party and successfully opened this route (in one week) for fall and winter use.

The FTA still has several projects in progress this fall including further work on Heiko’s trail, a new up track to Space Unicorns, revitalizing Watering Hole, Coal Creek Heritage re-route, Fairy Creek Bridge Phase Two and Fernie Valley Pathway 2020.

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the views and change of colours. One of the best views is from the top of Castle Mountain. If you are looking for a great hike head up to Castle Rocks. To access this trailhead, head up Hyperventilation and follow the signs to South Castle. There are a couple of benches along the way, which are great spots to have a rest and take in the views. Continue up taking a left at the next intersection and follow the steep trail to the top. Head back down the same way or mix it up, connecting with various other trails on along the way.

Distance: Approx. 10 km
Time: 2 hours +
Gain: Approx. 2,000 ft.
Difficulty: Black