The steep slopes of the Lizard Range and the high Rockies limestone mammoths rise just west of the city: the Three Sisters, Mount Bisaro, Mount Fernie, Mount Hosmer and Mount Proctor are an impressive barrier. On the east side of the river, the mountains are rounded forested summits.
The lower slopes of all the Fernie mountains are perfect for trail building. The bases of these slopes are moderately steep and the ground in the forest is often stony clay or gravel.
Fernie volunteers and public donations helped build a huge network of trails around the city. If you want steep mountain riding or gentle rides around town, Fernie trails are built for a variety of skills and abilities.
The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club
See www.fernietrails.com, Contact Information and References. For Cabin Ridge Trail, for contact information and for more on Thunder Meadows Hut reservations and membership in this active club (Fernie bike trails information by PG.) see Contact Information and References
The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club sent the following:
We have trail stewardship agreements with BC Crown Lands, BC Parks and Tembec to build and maintain non-motorized recreational trails in the Fernie area for both hiking and mountain biking. We also continue to represent non-motorized backcountry recreation at the Southern Rocky Mountain Land Use Table.
Detailed topographical trail maps of the Fernie bike trails are available at Fernie retail stores. The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club has produced two versions of the Fernie Trail Guide maps, as well as the latest Fernie Mountain Bike Map. The trails are rated for difficulty and marked as single track, double track and whether rideable uphill or downhill. Sales from these maps are used to maintain the hiking and mountain biking trails the club has built in the past 15 years.
Some examples of the trails are:
The Fernie Alpine Resort ski hill, which maintains a great diversity of bike trails from extreme to moderate. The resort asks that hikers watch out for speeding mountain bikes zipping down the slopes.
The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club, which has built many high-quality bike trails east of the Elk River, north of Coal Creek Road.
There are also good quality and fun bike trails in Mount Fernie Provincial Park.
Mount Fernie Provincial Park
Mount Fernie Provincial Park is a small, forested, RV campground (where BC Parks reservations are accepted), and there is a picnic area.
The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club’s newest trail is Castle Rocks. This mountain bike trail heads to a viewpoint overlooking Fernie, the Elk Valley and Three Sisters Mountain from a high vantage on the summit of Castle Mountain.