Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Interest: Backpacking, scrambling, skiing, mountain biking, skim boarding, running
Mountain Biking Paradise: Snowden Forest
Vancouver Island offers some excellent cross-country riding areas (and is producing some great riders).
In addition to a well developed trail system around the Comox Lake area, you have to check out the Snowden Forest area just past Campbell River. This is a fairly compact area in second growth forest with the main trails following the overgrown railway grades laid down when the area was first logged (that's rights, logging rail lines rather than logging roads ... it was a long time ago).
Connecting the main trails is an incredible network of trails covering everything from moderately difficult, to extremely difficult to moderately sick. Although it is possible to get a trail map showing about 1/2 the trails at one of the Campell River bike shops (the name escapes me...Urban Lemmings maybe?), you will almost surely get lost. But it doesn't matter as the entire area is surrounded by a ring of gravel roads that you can always use to circle back to whichever trail head you parked at.
My brother-in-law and I spend about 7 days in there every summer and we're still finding new stuff (and still getting lost). <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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