Tansky Riding Area For Dirt Biking
The 7th most popular offroad motorcycle trail in British Columbia.
Wednesday 17 August 2016 06:17 GMT
West of Victoria in the Jordan River region, the Tansky Riding Area has 50km+ of dirt biking trails spread over 20 square kilometers maintained by the Victoria Motorcycle Club and the Juan de Fuca Enduro Riders. The routes follow old skid road along with some interconnecting singletrack that ranges from intermediate to difficult.
To reach the off-road motorcycle trail riding area at Tansky from Victoria, head west on Hwy 14 through Sooke to Jordan River (approx 30 km from Sooke to Jordan River. Note: stock up on supplies in Sooke. Continue west on Hwy 14 for about 3 km past Jordan River, take the major logging road on the right (directly across from China Beach Provincial Park entrance). Drive up Jordan River North Main logging road for about 500 ft to the new parking area on your right. Watch for gravel and log haul trucks coming out.
The Jordan Main access road is controlled by Western Forest Products, and is closed during the week for log hauls. There is active logging north of Tansky off the N500. So limit your use of the haul roads to the weekends, or be very careful for log haul trucks on the mainline.
Head out the backside of the parking area (NE corner) over the cordoroy and up the wide novice trail to the bridge (bridges are 50 inches wide and were designed for off-road motorcycles and ATVs). Continue over the bridge and up the narrower trail to the skid road. Take in the views of the Olympic Mountains in Washington across the Juan de Fuca Strait from here, and soak up the sun as you get above the summer fog down below.
Intermediate and up riders continue across skid road and follow trail over two more bridges, follow trail to easy gravel sections, staying left at junctions up through the clear-cut. When you get to the big puddle, go through slowly. It is about 10 inches deep with a solid bottom. Continue on up into the forest and out to the JR Main road. Access the various trail system entrances from there. Consult your maps.
Novice riders instead should turn left at the skid road and follow it out to the mainline (FSR). Turn right and go up the hill to the yellow gate, and go around the right side of the gate. You are now at the bottom SE corner of the Tansky trail network. Consult your maps. Be very careful for trucks coming and going on this section of the mainline. There is good visability, but be safe and ride to right.
To access the main infeed trail to the riding area, head up Jordan River Road for maybe 2 km to just past the 65 tonne bridge. Look for a trail on your left into the bush. This is the start of Tansky Main.
Overall, Tansky Riding Area is the 7th most popular dirt bike trail of all 35 dirt biking rides in British Columbia. Several of the better dirt bike trails are nearby Tansky Riding Area including Wastelands Motocross Track, Whiskey Creek, Campbell River Motocross, Alberni MX and Westshore Motocross.