The best mountain bike trails in Cumberland

Jun 10, 2016
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Here’s the low-down on Cumberland’s legendary mountain bike trails

cumberland mountain bike trails

Cumberland is home to some of the best mountain biking on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re on the hunt for fast and furious downhill or smooth and flowy cross-country, Cumberland, BC is a great place to ride.

Cumberland’s trails are homegrown, mountain bike specific trails that are built and maintained by a hearty crew of local volunteers. The trail system is a unique mix of old and new trails that has something to offer riders of all skills and tastes.

Cumberland also hosts a number of mountain bike events throughout the year, including group rides and races, organized by the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) and others. There are also other big events that pass through, like BC Bike Race and MOMAR. 

Where to start?

We love hitting the trails and we want you out there with us! So we’ve highlighted a few of our favourite trails up in Cumberland.

While many of the mountain biking trails in Cumberland are more readily geared toward the intermediate and expert rider, there is a decent selection of beginner trails for those starting out. With names like After School Special, Porky’s Path, Space Nugget, Mama Bear, and Kitty Litter, you will definitely have a lot of fun getting comfy out there.

Blue Collar is an intermediate trail that’s fast and smooth, ready to get your heart racing. There’s also Buggered Pig, Short Line, and Bronco’s Perseverance if you’re ready to step it up from beginner to fun and accessible intermediate. Or, if you don’t mind a bit of a climb that pays off huge, you can hit upper and lower Vanilla – a not-so-technical trail that lets you flow fast from start to finish.

Ready for some gnarlier trails?

For the expert rider looking for some bite, Queso Grande is a 5.7km epic ride with a solid climb. Blockhead is a mixed bag that boasts some steep, rocky, and fast sections with a really fun descent. It can be an arm breaker though — just ask Jeff!

There’s also Numbskulls, Gravity Loop, Furtherburger, and Bucket of Blood, to name just a few more. These technical trails aren’t for the faint of heart.

New Cumberland Trails

The Eastern Block trails are recent additions to the Cumberland trail network that offer good times for both intermediate and expert riders. These trails include fun descents on Iron Curtain and Two Shoes, some quick ups and quicker downs on Top Hat and Fuji Jim, and some challenging but fun cross-country on Munday’s Child (not to mention Tuesday’s Child, Wednesday’s Child, Thursday’s . . . well, you get the idea.

And while you’re on the hunt for awesome rides, don’t forget to make your way up the Trent River Main, a 6.9-km trek that runs along the beautiful Trent Canyon and links up with a number of great trails. You can easily find yourself out there for hours, so bring your friends and make it a day.

Whatever your pleasure, Cumberland mountain biking delivers. So get out and enjoy the ride.

Cumberland mountain bike trail maps & info

Cumberland trail maps can be purchased right here at Trail Bicycles, and we’d be happy to chat with you about the local trails and recommend a route that will put a smile on your face.

We also organize weekly road and mountain bike rides, so, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.

Now turn off your screen and hit those trails hard!


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Ryan Parton

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