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      On the west side of the Columbia valley above the hamlet of Nicholson there is a large bench and it is here that the Moonraker trails are found. The roots of cross country mountain biking in Golden, these trails can be traced back to the late 1980’s when a network of Nordic ski trials were built. The ski trails were eventually abandoned and resurrected a decade later as x-country bike trials. These smooth flowing trails are the hallmark of x-country riding in the valley. Along with great riding, the Moonraker trails are rich with natural scenery; there are four lakes and numerous ponds, views of the Purcell’s Dogtooth range to the west and the Rocky Mountain’s Beaverfoot range to the east, and Canyon Creek with its spectacular gorge dropping over 200 m from the canyon’s edge to the creek below.

      The lay of the land in the Moonraker system slopes downward from north to south, with Cedar Lake at the north end and the canyon (Canyon Creek) at the south end. As such you’ll find many fast descents when riding south in the direction of the canyon.

      Moonrakers offer something for everyone. The smooth flow of the trails make this system a great choice for those somewhat new to trail riding. Notwithstanding, there are several trails that more hardened riders will enjoy for either fast cornering descents (Devil’s Slide, Moonraker Trail) or steeper technical terrain (LSD, Canyon Creek). Combining your rides in Moonrakers with the trails of the CBT Mainline will offer some of the best riding in the province.

      All trails are well marked with a signed 4×6 post at every junction
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Access Info:
      There are two Trailhead parking areas used to access the Moonraker trail network. Each has parking space, a toilet, and a kiosk with map.

      Cedar Lake Trailhead: From town drive up the ski hill road (Kicking Horse Trail) for approximately 6.5km past the Columbia river bridge and turn left onto the Tallis Forest Service Road. There is a large sign for Cedar Lake and Moonrakers marking this turnoff. Continue on the Tallis Forest Service Road for almost 2km and you’ll see the Cedar Lake trailhead parking area with the Moonraker kiosk. (The road continues to the Cedar Lake Recreation Site which has a campground and day use area.) From the trailhead you can access the north end of all the Moonraker trails. You can avoid the 2 km of Tallis Forest Service Road potholes by parking on the KHMR paved road and taking the Odonata trail. The parking is obvious – located opposite the junction of the KHMR road and the Tallis Forest Service Road.

      Gudjonson Trailhead: From Golden take Highway 95 south for about 6km where you turn right onto Nicholson Rd and into the hamlet of Nicholson. Continue for 500m turning right onto Canyon Creek Road. Cross the bridge over the Columbia River and 100m past the bridge is a Y-junction where you turn right onto McBeath Rd. Continue down for 1.5km and just before the road turns sharp right you’ll see Gudjonson Trailhead to the left. Park here and use Sternwheeler to access the Moonraker trails at their south end. Sternwheeler starts with at climb; if you’re not into that then try the Cedar Lake Trailhead.

      KHMR: If staying at KHMR, you are able to access the Moonrakers via the new Scalli Mag trail which is due to be completed in 2016. Take Scalli Mag down to Odanata which will take you to theCBT Mainline and the Moonrakers trails.
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      Avg Trail Rating
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      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      8,826 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,225 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,636 ft
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      Photos of Moonrakers Mountain Bike

      trail: Moonraker
      22 |
      Oct 8, 2018 @ 10:08pm
      Oct 8, 2018
      Moonraker, Golden
      trail: LSD
      243 |
      Sep 6, 2017 @ 4:16pm
      Sep 6, 2017
      LSD, Vancouver
      trail: LSD
      195 |
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 5:31am
      Mar 24, 2017
      LSD, Brantford
      trail: LSD
      507 |
      Oct 2, 2015 @ 9:08pm
      Oct 2, 2015
      LSD, Golden
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      Videos of Moonrakers Mountain Bike

      Bryce Starling Teaser
      0:46 | 6726 | Nov 12, 2017
      T4 - LSD - Canyon Creek in Golden BC; lift...
      trail: LSD
      2:08 | 451 | Sep 20, 2017
      T4 - LSD - Canyon Creek in Golden BC; lift...
      1:10 | 545 | Sep 20, 2017
      canyon creek
      3:51 | 59 | Jan 4, 2017
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      Moonrakers Mountain Bike Routes

      Moonraker Meander
      31 miles

      Recent Comments

      user #725151Jules16trailSternwheelerI’m an intermediate rider. Loved...
      Aug 6, 2018 @ 10:24pm
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      user #1528225citykimtrailBetter Than Bostonsome nice sections to get out of first gear
      May 9, 2018 @ 7:02pm
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      user #1293070atfarleytrail2%Just a road
      Jul 10, 2017 @ 2:00pm
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      user #541252SeppietrailMoonrakerReally, really fun trail.
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