4 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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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • 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 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    676 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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P9 - Fernie, BC | Mountain Biking
P9 - Fernie, BC | Mountain Biking
trail: Project 9
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May 27, 2018

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Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:11pm
Oct 23, 2018
Project 9
Oct 18, 2018 @ 7:14pm
Oct 18, 2018
Mostly dry except some yucky mud right before the power line
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