4.5 miles
1,317 ft
-1,318 ft
4,515 ft
High Point

How to find it
Head up the gravel road towards Island Lake Lodge, and it's the second yellow gate on your right, about 2.5km from when you leave the paved road. There's a little hump to the left of the gate you can ride over. Head up this double track until you get to the poweline, when you need to bear left onto the powerline road. Less than 100m of powerline road later, there's a right heading uphill. Get on that and start climbing! When you get to the top of road, it ends with a turn around spot for vehicles, follow the trail into the forest and round to the right to reach the downhill section. Keep to the right-hand trail at the start of the down for the less steep version (they both join up pretty quick).

The trail
A serious climb from the road on a disused jeep track. One of those ones that everyone wants to clean, but not everyone does. There's a race up it every year. The record so far is 13 minutes to the top from the Island Lake Road...

The down is a trail of three distinct sections - the first is a very cool section along a river bed - rocky, rooty and with little drops and rolls along the way. This then gives way to a very mellow flowing section through more open woods and fields, in which you can see some old stunts that should probably be avoided unless you've got off your bike and checked them out closely. Once you hit the powerline, the trail then heads modestly upwards for a short distance before launching into a roller-coaster of downs and flats that is pretty unique.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Project 9 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,432 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,438 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,438 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2.2 miles
  • Distance down
    2.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    676 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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211 | 3 comments | 1 faves
Aubrey Demchuk
Aubrey Demchuk
trail: Project 9
1:10 | 240 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jan 17, 2016
Aubrey always rides hard so in one day we got enough footage for this short video. Hope you guys enjoy and if you get a chance to to ride with her...
One Raw Lap: Project 9
One Raw Lap: Project 9
trail: Project 9
6:20 | 252 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Sep 12, 2015
12 Sept 2015
Fernie Enduro project 9
Fernie Enduro project 9
trail: Project 9
6:44 | 629 | comments: 6 | favs: 7
Dec 16, 2014
This was my race run for stage 3 at the fernie enduro. Super fun race, it changed the way i race. Placed 1st in junior and 3rd overall.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Project 9 Access
May 26, 2017 @ 1:03pm
2 days
Project 9
May 26, 2017 @ 1:03pm
2 days
Good to go for the route we did, but there are a number of route choices above the powerline so no guarantees that they are all clear. Apparently if you don't take the Lazy Lizard exit there is a tree across P9 lower down.
Lazy Lizard Lower
May 23, 2017 @ 5:11pm
May 23, 2017
Bridge fixed!
Lazy Lizard from Island Lake parking lot
May 9, 2017 @ 1:05pm
May 9, 2017
Bridge in the process of collapsing
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