Endless Trails

The Kootenays have some of the best mountain bike terrain and trails in the world. In the Slocan Valley, there are hundreds of miles of old logging and mining roads – some deactivated and some not.

New Denver is a hub of converted rail beds such as the Galena Trail – popular with hikers and cyclists alike and the Lemon Creek area has some especially good trails for fatty tires.

You can cycle north of New Denver along the lake or head east to the upper elevations of the famous Sandon ghost town. The cycle up to Idaho peak is a bit of a puffer (6,000 feet) and a heart-stopper on the way down.

Road biking the Slocan Valley has been popular with tour companies because of the beauty and relatively uncrowded highways. You do have to watch for logging trucks and other dangers on logging roads.

For more mountain biking and road cycling information, check out the Outdoor Adventure section in our Valley Directory.