4 miles
Distance
1,684 ft
Climb
-646 ft
Descent
01:08:25
Avg time

Lazy Lizard Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain 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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #688 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 75 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.

More Stats for Lazy Lizard bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,038 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,478 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,579 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,478 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,516 ft
  • Grade
    4.701%
  • Grade max
    -45.895%
  • Grade min
    53.625%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,256 ft
  • Avg time
    01:08:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:18
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Status:
on Sep 1, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.85 (18 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lazy Lizard Trail Reports

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      Sep 1, 2019 @ 9:52am
      Sep 1, 2019
      Aug 28, 2019 @ 4:05pm
      Aug 28, 2019
      Aug 23, 2019 @ 4:35pm
      Aug 23, 2019
      Aug 14, 2019 @ 10:14am
      Aug 14, 2019
      Aug 12, 2019 @ 12:31pm
      Aug 12, 2019
      Started at the base rode up and got back on the road and turned around. Very lovely easier trail. I rarely ride XC and this pushed me on the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 331 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 450 rides
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      Sep 24, 2019 @ 12:45pm
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      Aug 30, 2019 @ 9:17pm
      Aug 30, 2019

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      10 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag 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
      flag tarsands (Aug 3, 2019 at 6:14)
       Hi, Will a hardtail do on thistrail ?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag firetk (Aug 3, 2019 at 6:35)
       I have done this trail on a gravel bike so yes.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag tarsands (Aug 3, 2019 at 7:27)
       thank you
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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]

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