Pemberton For Mountain Biking

The 41st most popular mountain bike trail in British Columbia.

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Northeast of Vancouver, the Pemberton Area has a wide variety of trails worth exploring. A great place to start exploring the Pemberton Valley is the Mosquito Lake Trail System. To reach the mountain biking trailhead from town, head northeast from town toward the town of Mount Currie for 2km (1.2 mi). Then, turn left at the big log house (Pemberton Plateau entrance), and park in the gravel pit by the train tracks. From here you start climbing the switchbacks up the Ivey Lake Road, passing through some new lot development early on, eventually reaching a fork in the road beneath power lines.

Taking the left fork will send you

up the Cell Tower Road and to some steep, technical terrain. At the first intersection you reach (100 metres) you can turn left and mountain bike ride (in order) Blood, Sweat and Fear, Lower Indy 500, Lower Hawaii, Happy Trail and Lower Mackenzie Cruise. If you continue climbing the main road, Upper In¬dy is the first trail on the left, then Upper Hawaii, followed by Lower Bob Gnarly.

After a sustained climb you will see a rock cairn on the right. This is the entrance to Overnight Sensation and Upper Bob Gnarly. Keep going up and you will crest out at the top, then start to descend. At the fork in the road, go left and look for the trail immediately on the left. This is Upper Mackenzie Cruise (technical) and it will pump you into the lower trails.

The right fork on the Ivey Lake Road takes you up to Mosquito Lake, passing straight through a four-way intersection, then turning right at the bulletin sign. At the lake the Pemberton Valley Trails Asso¬ciation (PVTA) has erected a small park on the west side with picnic tables, garbage and outhouse facilities - make a donation to a worthy cause!

Once at the lake you can access some beautiful cross-country riding. The Lake Loop, a moderate mountain bike ride, circles the lake. Riding past the lake, take the first road to the right and this gently climbs until the first fork; going left takes you to Meat Grinder (very technical) and No Err (mod¬erate). Going right up three short climbs and a beautiful lookout to Mount Currie takes you to such trails as Econoline (mod¬erate), Cream Puff (technical), Grumpy Grouse (technical), Rock and Roll (moder¬ate). All of these trails will eventually take you down to the train tracks/gravel pit where the journey started.

Another trail network can be found at One Mile Lake, about 1km south of Pemberton off Highway 99. From the park at the lake, go right and cross the creek on an old bridge. Turn right immediately after the bridge. Its a technical climb for a little bit until you hit an old road; turn left, then look for the rasta flag on the right (100 m or so). More climbing, then a fork. Go left and this begins Lumpys Epic climb - not for the faint of heart! Switchbacks and loose rock sections are on the menu. Finally cresting out at the rock bluff, take a breather and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Currie. Going straight off toward the mountain takes you to Lumpys; going hard right toward the power line takes you to the highly technical rock slab riding of Tower of Power. Lumpy s pumps you out at the Peaks condo development by the Shell gas station and Tower ends at the Nairn Falls campground.

Pemberton has four great options far the road cyclist. Heading into Pembertons town centre, go over the train tracks and take a right at the Scotiabank. This is Pem¬berton Meadows Road, a straight, flat 27 km mountain bike ride through the potato farming com¬munity of Pemberton. On the return trip, the beautiful view of Mount Currie will lead you home.

The second option is heading north on Highway 99 to the town of Mount Currie. If you are climbing, take a right and head toward Lillooet. The road winds along the valley bottom far 10 km, fol¬lowed by a Tour de France Haute Cate¬gorie 15 km switchback climb! Or head toward Birken/D Arcy far a glorious mountain bike ride alongside the Birkenhead River, passing scenic Gates Lake with picturesque views of rocky bluffs and snowcapped peaks. The last optian is to mountain bike ride south to Whistler, a 35 km test of your endurance and climb¬ing skills - a great out-and-back mountain bike ride!

Overall, Pemberton is the 41st most popular mountain bike trail of all 46 mountain biking rides in British Columbia.


Local Contact(s):  Pemberton Tourism (604) 894-6477; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Pemberton Bike Co (604) 894-6625.

Best Season:  Dec-May

Luxury Loding:  Pemberton Valley Lodge

Breakfast Restaurant:  Pony Espresso

Article Source:   Best Pemberton Mountain Biking Review

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  7/20/2016

ID:  19553

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