Despite some hurdles, or should we say water jumps, the area’s newest bike trail is now ready to ride.
The completed trail, which links Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with Cedar Lake Road, is 4.5 kilometres in length and has a mix of single-track and double-track features.
The top section of the trail is single track and rated “green” or “easy” as it is quite a flat traverse. There are a few bridges to cross wet areas that are fairly easy to navigate, as is the raised tread of the trail.
The lower section of the trail, which is primarily double track, is rated blue due to it’s slightly steeper grade. With a bit of fitness, riding the trail should be no problem, but the grade keeps it out of the “easy” category.
Over the past 12 months, the KHMR trail crew put in more than 120 hours on the trail, including donating all of the culverts, signage and bridge decking materials. They will also be responsible for all ongoing trail maintenance, so if you see any fallen trees, feel free to report them directly to the resort team.
The generous contributions from Columbia Basin Trust, Kicking Horse residents and other private sponsors allowed us to hire professional trail builders, Starr Trail Solutions. They put in more than 500 hours on the trail, completing all the finishing work, bridging, and the short single-track sections at the Cedar Lake end.
The crew’s biggest hurdle with the project was the water damage that affected the trail this spring. A lot of the hard work they had completed last fall had to be redone this spring due to water damage: stream flow clogging culverts and damaging trail tread.
That aside, many culverts with bridges have been replaced, and should mitigate any future damage. If they had not been forced to revisit so many sections of trail for repair work, they would have been able to create more single-track at the lower end.
The trail has been named Scalli Mag by the builders who were all very happy to have a connection between the resort and Cedar Lake. It was included on all the Tourism Golden bike maps this spring and is on the Golden Cycling Club trails app.