Fernie Trails Update for Spring and Summer 2019 – Where to Go & Temporary Closures

Faded pink area shows the Ridgemont Trail area closure. Tons of trails still accessible in Fernie!

A variety of local trail notices and updates have caused the need to clarify the current situation for this summer season. Trails in Fernie are extensive, cherished and a critical part of what Fernie is well known for. Though 2019 will experience a few interruptions most trails are accessible to mountain bike, walk and hike! Continue below for current details and updates.


DID YOU KNOW?

Most mountain bike trails are easily accessible from town without the need to drive to the trailhead.

Many of Fernie’s trails are on private land with land use agreements in place that allow locals and visitors to enjoy them. Please respect these permissions and all trail-use ethics.

The best online source of current trail information, updates and mapping is through the Fernie Trails Alliance website and through Trailforks

You can also download the Trailforks App to use it on your mobile device while out on the trails. It will show you where you are on a GPS based map while providing trail updates.

View the general Fernie Trail Map PDF to understand where the below areas are located.

Stop by local sport/recreation shops for additional information, weekly group trail rides and your biking and hiking needs. Shops are located downtown on 2nd Avenue: The Guide’s Hut, Gearhub, Straightline, Ski Base, Edge of the World, Commit, Boardstiff, and Elevation.

TRAIL AREA & INFO LINKS

2019 Trail Updates

RIDGEMONT – 14 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/ridgemont-fernie-ridge/

 

This is private land owned by Ridgemont Holdings

CLOSED

Closed for summer 2019 due to logging by private land owner. Trailforks map shows this area in RED for closed status. Expectations are that some trails will be available this fall.

 

FERNIE RIDGE – 8 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/ridgemont-fernie-ridge/

 

This is private land owned by Canwel

PARTIALLY OPEN

Advanced trails for mountain biking

Adjacent to Ridgemont Trails and outside of the main effected area, many of these trails are or will be open once spring maintenance is completed. Such as Contra, FloWrkr, Big Money. Note there may be new access routes to these trails.

 

 

MONTANE – 6 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie/

 

This is private land owned by Parastone Development. This specific trail area, and Montane Hut, are managed and maintained by the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club

 

OPEN

Beginner and intermediate trails for hiking, biking and walking. Includes a wide, gravel ‘Inclusive Trail’ to Montane Hut with a maximum grade of 5%

CASTLE MOUNTAIN – 11 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/castle-mountain/

 

This is private land owned by Canwel

 

OPEN

Intermediate to advanced biking and hiking trails such as Hyper Ventilation, Hyper Extension, Castle Rocks and the popular new trail Today’s Special.

MORRISSEY RIDGE – 6 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie/

 

This is private land owned by Canwel

OPEN

Advanced mountain biking trails such as Dirt Diggler, primarily shuttle downhill trails. All trails are or will be open once snow all gone and any spring maintenance is completed. Check Trailforks for updates.

 

MT PROCTOR – 7 Trails

https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie/

 

Area around Swine Flu, Far Side are cattle grazing areas with special restrictions such as no dogs allowed

 

OPEN

Beginner to advanced mountain biking and hiking trails such as Fairy Creek Falls and Swine Flu. Watch for new Swine Flu climb in near future.

Full Mt Proctor backcountry hiking trail is accessible June to September.

MT FERNIE – 20 Trails

 

https://www.trailforks.com/region/mount-fernie-provincial-park/

 

Primarily public/crown land or provincial park lands.

OPEN

Beginner to advanced hiking and mountain biking trails including Sherwoody, Stove and Slunt Trails.

 

Note during spring and fall season Mt Fernie Provincial Park Campground is undergoing road improvements and campsite expansions, please use caution during these times. Parking areas and some trailheads may be affected and rerouted during these times. 

Mt Fernie trails are easily accessible by bike from town.

 

The middle section of Burma Road will be closed due to construction until end of June, no thru access.  Phat Bastard trail access will still be available from the south end of Burma Road.

 

FERNIE ALPINE RESORT – 36 Trails

 

https://skifernie.com/discover-fernie/summer-resort-map/

 

https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie-alpine-resort/

 

 

Use of area only during open season. Visit Resort Guest Services for details

 

OPEN June 22 – September 2

Beginner to advanced trails for mountain biking and hiking. Guided hiking and bike clinics available for all ages.

 

Elk Chair – OPEN for lift access mountain biking, hiking and sightseeing

 

Timber Chair – CLOSED for summer 2019 for major lift maintenance work. The 4 trails off this chair will be closed this season. Trails such as lower BC Cup and lower Bin Logdin will be partially accessible via Elk Chair.

 

ISLAND LAKE LODGE – 15 Hiking Trails, 1 MTB Trail

 

https://www.islandlakelodge.com/summer

 

https://www.trailforks.com/region/island-lake-24560/

 

This is private land owned by Island Lake Resorts Group, with day-use public access during open season in summer.

 

OPEN June 7 – October 7

 

When mountain biking Lazy Lizard Trail please bike to the trailhead when possible due to limited parking at the Lodge.

 

Lazy Lizard is a two-way trail, beware of uphill and downhill riders.

TOWN AND VALLEY TRAILS

 

https://www.trailforks.com/region/fernie/

 

Mix of City owned and maintained, private land and public/crown land.

OPEN with some interruptions:

 

Parts of Coal Discovery Trail/Town Loop just below Ridgemont are not accessible until further notice due to the logging access to Ridgemont area.

 

The Community Dyke Trail/Town Loop by and around Maiden Lake will be closedfrom mid-July till end of October for flood mitigation work by the City of Fernie to extend and raise the dyke.  This will also mean access to Maiden Lake will be closed.More Details

 

HEIKO’S TRAIL& THREE SISTERS TRAIL (Hiking only)

 

https://tourismfernie.com/activities/hiking-trails/Heikos-trail-mnt-lake-trail

 

https://www.trailforks.com/trails/mountain-lakes-trail-hiking-only-59253/

 

Primarily on public/crown land with portion of Heiko’s Trail on Island Lake Lodge property.

 

OPEN ~ late June to mid-September (due to snow and poor weather, spring and fall travel on this trail is not recommended)

 

Island Lake Lodge offers professional guiding on Heiko’s Trail - https://www.islandlakelodge.com/summer

 

For further details and updates contact locally:

  1. Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) – manager@fernietrailsalliance.com
    1. FTA FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fernie-Trails-Alliance-136085899841404/
    2. Trail Conditions & Ride Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1591680514481230/
  2. Fernie Mountain Bike Club (FMBC) – www.bikefernie.ca
  3. City of Fernie – cityhall@fernie.ca or call 250-423-2245
  4. Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club - fernietrails@fernie.com
  5. Fernie Alpine Resort – guestservices@skifernie.com or call 250-423-4655
  6. Island Lake Lodge – info@islandlakeresorts.com or call 250-423-3700
  7. Mt Fernie Provincial Park – info@ekparks.com
  8. Fernie Visitor Centre – vic@tourismfernie.comor call 778-519-0748