4.2 miles
Distance
1,303 ft
Climb
-276 ft
Descent
01:12:06
Avg time

Lazy Lizard Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Island Lake
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #1216 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #6087 in E-Biking
    • #7122 in Trail Running
    • #7749 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

This is one of the most beautiful trails in Fernie - machine built, loads of bridges, meandering through an Old Growth Cedar Forest. It's probably one of the most beautiful trails in the world. A few scenic look out points and if you go all the way you kick out at world-famous Island Lake Lodge and can sit on their deck and have an amazing meal with astonishing views of the Three Bears and Island Lake. There are not many places you can go for a wilderness bike and end up somewhere like that. Once you've finished your lunch you get the most amazing flowy ride downhill you will probably ever have - loads of gentle berms of rolls to enjoy. Just be aware that this trail gets a lot of people on it, and it is not a good idea to see if you can get the Strava DH KOM on a weekend afternoon. You will probably kill someone.

Access Info

Drive into the Mount Fernie Provincial Park access road and then follow the signs to Island Lake Lodge. When you get to the big wooden structure over the road signalling the entrance to island Lake terrain, park in the big lot to the left of the structure.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lazy Lizard mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,028 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,489 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,571 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,490 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,518 ft
  • Grade
    4.7%
  • Grade max
    -33.5%
  • Grade min
    45.7%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4,016 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,129 ft
  • Avg time
    01:12:06
  • Avg reverse time
    01:29:12
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Status:
on Nov 21, 2021
Snow Packed
Avg: 4.8 (30 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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      Lazy Lizard Trail Reports

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      Nov 21, 2021 @ 2:03pm
      Nov 21, 2021
      Studs recommended, couple muddy spots
      Oct 9, 2021 @ 11:10am
      Oct 9, 2021
      Sep 15, 2021 @ 11:38am
      Sep 15, 2021
      A few puddles. Bike and people got muddy going down fast.
      Aug 20, 2021 @ 2:48pm
      Aug 20, 2021
      Large tree has been cleared and trail is great
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 2:12pm
      Aug 16, 2021
      Island Lake trail crew and gladers currently working on Lazy Lizard to remove the large tree around 5km. Go slow and give them space .
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 240 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
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      • 1,133 rides
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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      princecg1 (Sep 30, 2017 at 7:54)
       Great trail --- the first recommendation from the locals for a moderate difficulty but fun ride. It's a steady climb up and a flowy fast descent.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      tarsands (Aug 3, 2019 at 6:14)
       Hi, Will a hardtail do on thistrail ?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      firetk (Aug 3, 2019 at 6:35)
       I have done this trail on a gravel bike so yes.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      tarsands (Aug 3, 2019 at 7:27)
       thank you
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      phillee21 (Sep 23, 2019 at 18:25)
       Great trail! We did it as a downhill, parking one vehicle at the lower island lake lodge parking lot and drove up to the lodge. Stunning views, old growth cedar, whoops, bridges, roots, mud, etc. Had a blast!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Deeleedoo (Sep 16, 2020 at 11:18)
       This might be one of my favourite trails. Solid climb up, beer and burger at Island Lake Lodge at the top, fast and flows descent back down. Loved it!
      Dry and wildlife free to the eye, despite a sign for an Aggressive Grizzly Bear on a trail above (Tamarack??).
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      bpennett (Aug 7, 2021 at 20:16)
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