Elk Valley Ultra
This month’s Spin to Win contest is for the third leg of the Elk Valley Ultra. To win some Stag Leap swag post your Strava route or images out on the course on social media, tagging Fernie Fix, Fernie Trails Alliance and the Elk Valley Ultra. Let’s take you through the course.
Start at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre (EVNC), heading into the park on the Bridge View Connector Trail, bearing left onto Sherwoody. Take first right and head (up) Happy (angry) Gilmar, being careful not to miss the sharp right back on yourself onto Old Goat! From there keep going onto and down Gorby. Once you cross the Gorby bridge across Lizard Creek, take a right onto the Park Connector Trail, back to the EVNC.
Now you’re warmed up, it’s time to cross the Park Road and head up Stove. With 186m gain and average grade of 8.5%, it’s a deceptive slog when on bike or foot (at this point in the ultra, runners will be at the 42km mark!). Cross over boardwalks, navigate a few switchbacks and before you know it you’ll be at the power line taking a left up Mushroom Head.
Mushroom Head is a great trail with a number of roots to navigate and a couple of punchy sections to get up and over. Enjoy the view of the city once you hit Pete’s Bench. There is only a short climb to go before you descend Mushroom Head and start the real fun on Red Sonja.
Red Sonja has a bit of everything – rock features, berms and roots. Enjoy the flow and descent on one of the best trails Fernie has to offer. Finish in the Annex Park, where you can enjoy a restful and relaxing soak in the Elk River.
Distance: 12.8 km
Elevation Gain: 593 meters
Time: Approx. 1.5hrs