The Merry Go Round, part of the Merry Creek mountain bike trail network in Castlegar may only be a 1.4k blue trail primarily used for climbing, but the trail should make your BC mountain biking bucket list simply to experience the Cliff Hanger: this 20-foot-high, 60-foot-long bridge hangs from the side of a sheer rock face. After appreciating the work that went into this piece of trail engineering, continue exploring the other excellent blue and black trails in the Merry Creek area and other trail systems around this riverside BC town.
According to Destination Castlegar, there are currently 52 mountain biking trails nearby located at seven main areas, the most popular being Merry Creek, Rialto, and Millennium Park. Longtime local trail builder Dave Sutton has worked on most of these trails and says the thing that makes Castlegar unique is attention to detail when it comes to the trails. “We’ve put a lot of time and thought into areas such as Merry Creek and it’s a true network of trails. You don’t have to worry about getting lost or spending half your time on Trailforks trying to figure out where you are. The networks here are intuitive.”
For more about the mountain biking trails in Castlegar, visit Destinationcastlegar.com/out-about/biking/ (OTO)