Wigwam Flats & Spring News
Fernie Trails Alliance
Spring is in the air and you may be keen to hit the trails on foot or bike. April can be a tricky month for weather so please be mindful of trail conditions before heading out. Reviewing the IMBA “Rules of Trail” is a good way to make sure you are respecting the environment and our trail network. Things to keep mind include not riding when it’s muddy, ride through puddles not around, and stay on the trail.
Time: Approx. 1.5 -2 hours
Distance: Approx. 22 km
A good close option for riding or running this time of year is to head out to Elko and enjoy the scenery along Wigwam Flats. If you are keen you can ride there from town for a solid long ride.
If you choose to drive, head towards Elko and turn left immediately after you pass the gas station on the right-hand side of the highway. Follow the road through Elko passing a number of houses. There will be a sharp left-hand turn on to a gravel road that you will take. Park at the small lot on the left-hand side or continue over the bridge and park below the gate.
The route starts with a bit of a grind up a gravel rocky road up to Wigwam Flats. Enjoy the views at the top! The road levels out for the majority of the rest of the route. A good turn around point is at the pipeline.
Please respect the seasonal closure and keep your dog on a leash. Bikers are not allowed along the Wigwam River Rim roads and trail from March 1 to June 14 (Bighorn Sheep lambing season). The red track on the map shows the area open for cycling and the blue shows the seasonal closure.
Have a great spring!
Sparwood Trails Alliance
This month the Sparwood Trails Alliance (STA) is busy! The AGM is coming up with the date announced via social media channels. Make sure you show up to have your say as there are board positions opening. The STA is also in full swing of preparing for its next event: The Elk Valley FatAss on May 30. A three or 12-hour timed event on a 7km loop around the Sparwood Golf Club, utilizing trails completed last year. The race sold out in weeks and the STA is really looking forward to seeing everyone come out for it.
Recently, the STA replaced its vandalized Sasquatch mascot at the Lookout. It’s been a busy year so far, with more big announcements on the horizon. Instead of a featured trail this month, we’d just like to remind all of our trail users that the bears are awake! Be aware, be smart and be prepared when you go out. Carry bear spray and go with a buddy!