33.6 miles
5,394 ft
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4,943 ft
High Point

New summer 2016, is a fun mountain and beer filled adventure, to challenge many a local or visitor to Fernie. A tough day on the trails awaits, however, the views, glory, cold beer and medal is worth every stroke or step. Please read the full details and rules below, on how to #trailtoalefernie...

The Fernie Brewing Co. “Trail to Ale” Challenge, consists of bagging three peaks, on bike or foot, within a 24hr period. Open to bikers, runners or hikers, you have to get to the top of Hyper Ventilation, Project 9 & Swine Flu, in any order, within the 24hr time limit.

Of course you have to 'prove it' with timestamped phone selfies next to the new Trail to Ale on-trail signage, as well as at the Brewery at both the start and the finish. Once the photographic evidence has been shared to the Tasting Room staff, you will be rewarded with a cold beer and a Trail to Ale handmade medal. The purchase of (more) salty nuts, are optional.

The challenge is open to anyone, at any time of the season, however smart planning would be to ensure that finish line glory coincides with the Brewery being open, to ensure the cold, crisp, craft-brewed reward can be enjoyed on the spot. Also, please respect wet trails and wait for a better time.

The three peaks you have to reach, in your order of choice, are:
Hyperventilation (Castle Rocks area)
Project 9 (Fernie Provincial Park area)
Swine Flu (Hosmer area)
As well as ensuring you both start and finish at the Brewery.
Total distance is approximately 45km, depending on chosen route, and over 1,200m climbing.

There are some rules to this. To make sure you get it right, and earn your beer and medal, please read the below:

The trails can be accomplished in any order, but challengers must bike or run the whole way, from start to finish – if hiking, you are allowed to drive to the trail heads.
You must START and FINISH at the Brewery.
All 'prove it' photos must include the Challengers, and the Trail to Ale signs, located at the top of each trail, and on the patio railing at the Brewery.
Challengers must have FIVE time stamped 'prove it' photos on their phones, to show to the Tasting Room staff upon completion:
START @ Fernie Brewing Co.
Peak #1
Peak #2
Peak #3
FINISH @ Fernie Brewing Co.
Once you've finished at the Brewery, show your five time stamped photos to our Tasting Room staff, and you will be rewarded with a beer and a medal!

This is a tough challenge, extending over 45km of predominantly single track trails and with over 1,200m of climbing. You are taking on this challenge at your own risk, and will be on blue and black trails. You need to be an intermediate/expert biker, with strong single track experience and fitness. Runners and hikers need to be experienced and prepared for a long day on the trails. Highly suggest water and food to be carried. You should also carry a copy of the route map. And if doing this solo, please always let someone know where you're going and when you're expected back. Play smart please!

Local Trail Association
Fernie Trails Alliance (www.fernietrailsalliance.com)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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More Stats for Trail to Ale Challenge mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,261 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,310 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,306 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    16.9 miles
  • Distance down
    15.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.6 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Aubrey Demchuk
Aubrey Demchuk
trail: Project 9
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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...
Mountain Biking Fernie BC Swine Flu
Mountain Biking Fernie BC Swine Flu
trail: Swine Flu
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Sep 24, 2015
One Raw Lap: Project 9
One Raw Lap: Project 9
trail: Project 9
6:20 | 223 | comments: 0 | favs: 0
Sep 12, 2015
12 Sept 2015

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Swine Flu
Nov 7, 2016 @ 10:01pm
Nov 7, 2016
Tree that was on the down just after the Mad Cow junction is now gone. reporter
Nov 7, 2016 @ 10:01pm
Nov 7, 2016
tree down about 1/3 way down. reporter
Project 9
Jul 4, 2016 @ 10:19am
Jul 4, 2016
So rowdy! Such a party trail!
Hyper Ventilation
May 3, 2016 @ 8:43pm
May 3, 2016
Apr 6, 2016 @ 7:15pm
Apr 6, 2016
Section between the power line and River Road is soft but good. Couple of short snow patches. Above the power line is snow covered and below the road has snow and standing water.
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