If you haven’t biked in Fernie since before the pandemic, there are a few new trails to add to the list. That’s in addition, of course, to the hundreds of miles of other mostly singletrack trails that surround this mountain town just five hours north of Spokane.
Roxy Roller is a fun and flowy blue trail with berms and a mix of wood and dirt jumps on a recently-logged ridge in the Ridgemont riding area on the eastern edge of town. Mostly ridden as a downhill trail, Roxy Roller can be accessed off of Eric’s Trail and spits riders out at the top of the equally jump-littered blue trail Space Unicorn. Link all three trails together for a fast and fun intermediate rollercoaster ride.
Carpal Tunnel was added to the Montane trail system in 2021 and is a welcome addition to the mostly mellow Montane area trails. Trailforks describes the trail as twisty and turny singletrack that was built to help riders develop their downhill skills. The upper half of the trail is a blue, with the lower section grading up to black with more challenging terrain. Hop off Carpal Tunnel at the junction with the Montane Blue Trail to skip the black section if you want an easier ride down.
Find great trail and visitor info here to plan your summer trip to one of the Northwest’s best mountain bike towns: Tourismfernie.com/activities/mountain-biking/trails. (Derrick Knowles)