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Comox Valley Mountain Biking - British Columbia, Canada

by sharonbader  
with a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
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Rivers of loam bisect many a land. But where can these rivers run so dense & deep and serve a community so small that they draw in people to come and share the experience. From fast flowy cross country trails you can climb and descend, shuttle trails with stunts and natural features you can ride on any kind of bike, the lift accessed trails of Mount Washington and the island sanctity of Hornby Island. The Comox Valley hosts an incredible diversity of trails. You can ride here most of the year. With a climate comparable to Vancouver this area offers a year round riding destination. The trails are built for mountain bikers by mountain bikers with the support of the landowners and community which results in a great network and great community feel.

Located in central Vancouver Island on the Eastern coast the Comox Valley is 2.5 hours from Victoria, 90minutes from Nanaimo, also served by direct flights into Comox via Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Protected from the masses, by the Georgia Straight Vancouver Island is accessed by the cheapest ocean cruise money can buy. The trails of Cumberland are similar to the trails in the lower mainland geologically in that they are in forested areas of second growth Douglas Fir and Cedar. The trails closer to Courteney differ in that they are more rocky and travel over rocky bluffs. The trails in Hornby have escaped the effects of time and twist through the trees like a snake in the grass. Mount Washington offers berms, table tops and tech to keep the gravity obsessed crowd wanting for more. Add in the ocean views, the Arbutus trees hanging from cliffs, snow capped mountains the views can easily distract from the seams of loam before you.

Island Mountain Riding, Riding Fool, cumberland
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For maps of the Comox Valley including both Cumberland and Forbidden Plateau, check out www.cvmtb.com or stop in at any local Comox Valley bike shop.
by cvmtb on Aug 19, 2010
Trip Info
August 08, 2010
Trip Location: Cumberland, British Columbia, Canada
Length: 57 miles
Activity: Mountain biking
Trip viewed 3,131 times
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