20.9 miles
Distance
4,337 ft
Climb
-4,336 ft
Descent
4,499 ft
High Point

*Elevation data may be highly variable by device or mapping platform, as different software may use various data sources and calculation methods. Our total elevation gain for the stage is a middle estimate based on readings from multiple devices.

Moving to the west side of the valley, Stage 2 highlights mostly classic, and some new singletrack in and around Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge and Mount Fernie Provincial Park. While some trails had been used for the TransRockies Challenge as recently as 2013, the overall layout is new for Singletrack 6 and focuses on the best mix of trails. Fernie riding is characteristically steep, so expect some lung and leg busting climbs followed by fast, sustained descents. Stage 2 will both challenge and delight most riders.

The stage starts in the plaza at Fernie Alpine Resort and climbs access roads up the face of the ski hill for the first 4 km, climbing 200 m. Then riders drop into the Lizard Creek valley via ‘Snakebite’ trail before starting to climb once again, fording Lizard Creek. A moderate but bumpy climb up the old ‘rail trail’ and a short steep pitch will bring you up to the new ‘Lazy Lizard’ trail. Built and maintained by Island Lake Lodge, Lazy Lizard is a new multi-directional trail that promises big smiles as riders cruise down the valley en route to the third major climb.

Perhaps the biggest climb of the day, riders will head up the slopes of Mount Fernie to the ‘Project 9’ trail; a namesake of Fernie Brewing Company’s Project 9 Pilsner. The grade steepens as the trail reaches the summit, challenging riders to keep the pedals turning. From the top of the Project 9 trail, riders will enter the timed descent portion of the day, dropping over 200 meters in 2.5 km. This is a classic sustained Fernie descent full of berms and small drops, with multiple line choices.

Moving to the west side of the valley, Stage 2 highlights mostly classic, and some new singletrack in and around Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Lodge and Mount Fernie Provincial Park. While some trails had been used for the TransRockies Challenge as recently as 2013, the overall layout is new for Singletrack 6 and focuses on the best mix of trails. Fernie riding is characteristically steep, so expect some lung and leg busting climbs followed by fast, sustained descents. Stage 2 will both challenge and delight most riders.

The stage starts in the plaza at Fernie Alpine Resort and climbs access roads up the face of the ski hill for the first 4 km, climbing 200 m. Then riders drop into the Lizard Creek valley via 'Snakebite' trail before starting to climb once again, fording Lizard Creek. A moderate but bumpy climb up the old 'rail trail' and a short steep pitch will bring you up to the new 'Lazy Lizard' trail. Built and maintained by Island Lake Lodge, Lazy Lizard is a new multi-directional trail that promises big smiles as riders cruise down the valley en route to the third major climb.

Perhaps the biggest climb of the day, riders will head up the slopes of Mount Fernie to the 'Project 9' trail; a namesake of Fernie Brewing Company's Project 9 Pilsner. The grade steepens as the trail reaches the summit, challenging riders to keep the pedals turning. From the top of the Project 9 trail, riders will enter the timed descent portion of the day, dropping over 200 meters in 2.5 km. This is a classic sustained Fernie descent full of berms and small drops, with multiple line choices.

From the bottom of P9, riders will hang a sharp left back onto “Lazy Lizard” and a brand new section of trail leading to the next climb, up the ‘Stove’ trail. Moderate climbing on singletrack will again ascend over 200 meters, and then descends on ‘Dem Bones’ to once again cross Lizard Creek, this time via a bridge. From there, riders will start the final climb back through the old growth forest towards the ski area. A final descent on Fernie Alpine Resort singletrack will bring riders back to the finish line in the plaza.

Detailed Description
2016 Singletrack 6 - Santa Cruz Stage 2: Fernie is a 21 mile intermediate race route located near Fernie British Columbia. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 27 trails. This route climbs 4,337 ft with a max elevation of 4,499 ft then descends -4,336 ft.
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35 Reviews & Comments

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Barkbuster007 (Sep 2, 2022 at 16:14)
Sweet trail with a bit of something for everyone.
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worldrob2 (Jul 26, 2022 at 19:56)
Trail Dem Bones
Rooty and rough. Hard to get into a rhythm.
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ryancartiers (Oct 17, 2021 at 20:11)
Trail Old Goat
I look forward to riding this again
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MattZzxIeE (Jun 12, 2021 at 9:17)
Trail Hedonism
Still kinda fun to charge down it, but almost all the stunts are falling apart/deactivated. Plenty of better choices either going up (stove) or down (Eric’s) than Hedonism.
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Shaunstlouis (Mar 8, 2021 at 15:17)
Not recommended in winter time as the trail is quite deep with snow. My fat bike stayed above the snow, however, difficult climbs meant getting off the bike and the snow was past my knees.
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SuperCindy (Nov 17, 2020 at 6:43)
Trail Stove Trail
Swampy snow and mud after the bridge!
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tippeetoes (Sep 16, 2020 at 11:15)
Easy riding, beautiful and dry with no obstacles. No wildlife sighted.
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tippeetoes (Sep 16, 2020 at 11:13)
Trail Dem Bones
Dry and dusty, fun ride down with lots of roots. No wildlife sightings.
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tippeetoes (Sep 16, 2020 at 11:12)
Trail Stove Trail
Very dry, not too smoky. No wildlife sightings.
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Twowheelsforever (Aug 8, 2020 at 6:49)
Blue trail, not black. High speeder, since relatively flat. Roots, no rocks, occasional little playful drop or gap
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Twowheelsforever (Aug 8, 2020 at 6:34)
Trail Project 9
Blue trail, definitely not black. Mellow enough that it would be appropriate for a new rider. Pretty flat so more of a high speed burner, roots for trail interest. Fun roller section near the bottom but overall kinda meh
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cam-rides-bikes (Jul 22, 2020 at 8:15)
Trail Dem Bones
Great fun , fast trail. One blind berm sends you into the bush
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wejansen (Jul 16, 2020 at 18:54)
Trail Stove Trail
Small bear on the trail today just at the park bounty sign.
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adotwall (Jun 6, 2020 at 17:26)
Trail Gorby
Fresh bear tracks and scat today
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KristinaBenoit (Jun 2, 2020 at 20:06)
Trail Sherwoody
Wet! Trees down between little Gorby Bridge and Sheerwoody/Gorby connection.
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turdull (May 14, 2020 at 17:12)
Trail Hedonism
If you’re looking for a good descent, I would guide you to some of the other trails in the area. The trail is pretty flat, twisty and almost feels abandoned. Would much rather ride Dem Bones. I’d rate this an easy blue going down. Probably best labeled climb primary.
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getitdunn (Sep 14, 2019 at 20:19)
Really not worth the hype. Fun but not top 5 by any stretch. Does not ride well in the wet either. Plenty of other better options.
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Arkinien (Aug 15, 2019 at 19:04)
Trail Gorby
Black beat sight at the very top. Mum and cubs.
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Bikebabyhound (Jul 2, 2019 at 20:34)
Trail Snakebite
Alternate way to get to trail start is to take elk chair and head out on gorbi.

Fun tree rides.

Fast but short
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rustychains (May 10, 2019 at 11:27)
Trail Gorby
Still too much snow. Unrideable.
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amytyler89 (Sep 10, 2018 at 20:50)
Trail Project 9
We stopped in Fernie on a little road trip. Some locals recommended Project 9 and now we know why. We are from the North Shore and this trail was definitely North Shore style. Super fun and flowy with the perfect balance of roots.
And the views were spectacular!
We had an obligatory stop at Fernie Brewing Co. and celebrated the ride with a Project 9 Pilsner!
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TaraFirma (Aug 22, 2018 at 8:13)
Trail Stove Trail
Easiest access climb to rest of the trails. Pairwith Eric's for a quickie, or head up Mushroon for more trail greatness.
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TaraFirma (Aug 22, 2018 at 8:12)
Great DH add-on to Slunt. Worh the grunt up lactic.
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Adamrideshisbike (Aug 7, 2018 at 21:24)
So fun. Fast and rooty. Great corners and one hell of a long Dh.
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Adamrideshisbike (Aug 7, 2018 at 21:23)
Trail Hedonism
The top is like going through a mtb museum. Lots of old stunts. This trail could use some love. The bottom section is killer.
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Kevwut123 (Jul 29, 2018 at 13:22)
Trail Hedonism
Young black bear spotted half way up Hedonism 1300hrs July 29th. Wasn't scared by shouting and clapping but wasn't too interested either. No sign of mama bear.
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DianaWW (Aug 18, 2017 at 17:45)
This "trail" sucks!
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DianaWW (Aug 18, 2017 at 17:44)
Be prepared for lots of roots, roll-downs, and drops on this trail.
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coldawg (Jul 17, 2017 at 14:28)
Trail Gorby
What's the red status for 2 days ago? Is it closed for some reason?
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Manvo73 (Jul 4, 2017 at 20:23)
Trail Stove Trail
Great ride with kids. 8yo and 11yo and we were up and down in about 40 mins. Nothing to crazy and my daughter says there were approx 26 little bridges.
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mcwill05 (May 30, 2017 at 21:42)
Trail Dem Bones
Ran into a moose about 1/2 way down May 30th
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FinnHawk (Nov 4, 2016 at 13:48)
Trail Stumpy Wood
Shouldn't this trail be in the Mount Fernie Provincial Park Riding Area, NOT in Morrissey Ridge?

Reference = www.bikefernie.ca/trails/location/mount-fernieprovincial-park
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FinnHawk (Nov 4, 2016 at 13:47)
Shouldn't this trail be in the Mount Fernie Provincial Park Riding Area, NOT in Morrissey Ridge?

Reference = www.bikefernie.ca/trails/location/mount-fernieprovincial-park
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FinnHawk (Nov 4, 2016 at 13:36)
Is this in the right trail network? Seems like it should be in the Mount Fernie Provincial Park OR Fernie Alpine Resort network, not Morrissey Ridge.
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mntnbiker33 (Jul 25, 2016 at 19:30)
Trail Snakebite
Short and fairly narrow, technical trail. Some small root and rock drops and burned corners. I would classify it as an intermediate to advanced trail. It was a grind up Gorby to get there, but worthwhile.
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Route Sections

1 Timed Section
  • 2 miles distance
  • 99 ft climb
  • -956 ft descent

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  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for 2016 Singletrack 6 - Santa Cruz Stage 2: Fernie mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,355 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,520 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,520 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -51.6%
  • Grade min
    50%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,836 ft
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Stove Trail
Nov 6, 2022 @ 6:46pm
Nov 6, 2022
Crunchy and lumpy but rides fine. Narrow singletrack snow biking - not a wide groomed track.
Hedonism / Stove Connector
Nov 6, 2022 @ 1:56pm
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Crunchy and lumpy but rides fine. Narrow singletrack snow biking - not a wide groomed track.
Dem Bones
Nov 6, 2022 @ 5:56am
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Crunchy and lumpy but rides fine. Narrow singletrack snow biking - not a wide groomed track. Moose and calves near trail about halfway down.
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