Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Trying something new is always scary and can cause all kinds of emotions including excitement, anxiety, and perhaps fear. However, it’s always great to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. As we transition into fall, it’s an ideal time to try a different activity on our trail network. Alternatively, check out a trail or trails you have never explored before.
Like me you may feel the need to explore new routes as the season is coming to a close. Recently, I did a great route with Chair of the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) Krista Turcasso. It was a good mix of terrain and included some trails in the Provincial Park and Fernie Alpine Resort. Don’t forget to purchase your Fernie Alpine Resort Multiuse Trails Access Pass from guest services.
Head over to the Provincial Park and the double track past the warming hut at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre. Cross over the Teck bridge, climb for a short distance and watch for the connector to Ben Emmett on your right. Enjoy some short and rooty climbs as you weave your way through the forest. Stay left following the signs to the ski hill. When you come to the road turn right and climb the View Trail and climb until you reach the top of Megahurtz. Take Megahurtz and continue descending down Old Goat, enjoying some old school single track. Stay right for some fun on Happy Gilmar, left on Stumpy Wood and Sherwoody. Continue on Bridge Connector for one short climb and descent back to the Provincial Park. Cross over the bridge exiting into the campground.
If you want to bump up the fear factor, go for a soak in the creek - it could be chilly this time of year. Or consider hitting Stove Trail to Eric’s Trip!
Get out and enjoy the trails and find your next adventure!
Time: 2-2.5 hours
Distance: Approx. 20km
Photo by Vanessa Croome