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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

      With gratitude, the Golden Cycling Club would like to acknowledge that the trails we recreate on are on the homelands of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc people and the chosen home of the Metis Nation Columbia River Society.
      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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      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      16 miles
      Total Descent
      6,027 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,613 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      5,219 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of Moonrakers Mountain Bike

      trail: Cedar Snag
      16 |
      Sep 18, 2021 @ 9:37am
      Sep 18, 2021
      trail: Cedar Snag
      18 |
      Sep 18, 2021 @ 9:37am
      Sep 18, 2021
      trail: Canyon Creek
      32 |
      Sep 5, 2021 @ 7:47pm
      Sep 5, 2021
      trail: Canyon Creek
      24 |
      Sep 5, 2021 @ 7:47pm
      Sep 5, 2021
      trail: Canyon Creek
      28 |
      Sep 5, 2021 @ 7:47pm
      Sep 5, 2021
      trail: LSD
      513 |
      Sep 6, 2017 @ 4:16pm
      Sep 6, 2017
      trail: LSD
      414 |
      Mar 24, 2017 @ 5:31am
      Mar 24, 2017
      trail: LSD
      863 |
      Oct 2, 2015 @ 9:08pm
      Oct 2, 2015

      Videos of Moonrakers Mountain Bike

      The Big Drop
      0:10 | 42 | Jun 23, 2020
      0:16 | 19 | Jun 23, 2020
      Bryce Starling Teaser
      0:46 | 7026 | Nov 12, 2017
      T4 - LSD - Canyon Creek in Golden BC; lift...
      trail: LSD
      2:08 | 661 | Sep 20, 2017
      T4 - LSD - Canyon Creek in Golden BC; lift...
      1:10 | 626 | Sep 20, 2017
      canyon creek
      3:51 | 66 | Jan 4, 2017
      canyon creek
      5:46 | 250 | Jan 2, 2017
      Tomi Jump
      0:03 | 375 | Sep 17, 2016

      Current Trail Warnings

      Canyon Creek
      May 17, 2022 @ 3:56pm
      1 day
      Variableryanharvey GCC2 The trail has significant blowdown and is...

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      user #101448ryanharveyaddreportCanyon Creek
      May 17, 2022 @ 3:59pm
      1 day
      user #2016821probonowishlisttrailCanyon Creek
      May 16, 2022 @ 9:04pm
      2 days
      user #101448ryanharveyaddreportCedar Snag and 2 more
      May 16, 2022 @ 1:23pm
      2 days
      user #3046805L2b5xriddentrailArrowhead
      May 14, 2022 @ 6:40pm
      May 14, 2022
      user #101448ryanharveyaddreportCedar Camp
      May 11, 2022 @ 7:42pm
      May 11, 2022

      Recent Comments

      user #1479859jhillsmtbtrailLSDThis trail is really good
      Sep 5, 2021 @ 7:28pm
      Sep 5, 2021
      user #2706348Lmcdon03reportCanyon CreekRan this yesterday..dry to the top!
      May 25, 2021 @ 7:14pm
      May 25, 2021
      user #1558950lukelikesbikesandbeerstrailCedar SnagThis is such a fun trail with lots of natural...
      May 22, 2021 @ 9:14pm
      May 22, 2021
      user #871167robcocquytreportCanyon CreekOnly three trees across trail and easy to get...
      Aug 5, 2020 @ 4:19pm
      Aug 5, 2020
      user #1079288mwaddinghamtrailWapiti RidgeHighly recommended single track. Perfect.
      Jun 23, 2020 @ 5:16pm
      Jun 23, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      CBT Mainline Network 1 171.9 km
      Mountain Shadows 2 14 22.1 km
      Mount 7 1 5 5 43.1 km
      Kicking Horse Bike Park 9 22 8 44.3 km
      Golden Area4.6 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2838 miles6,027 ft16 miles2,612 ft
      E-Bike2838 miles6,027 ft16 miles2,612 ft
      Hike2636 miles4,662 ft15 miles2,612 ft
      Trail Running2636 miles4,662 ft15 miles2,612 ft
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