Mountain Biking

We Love Sharing Our Mountain Bike Culture With You!

In keeping with the Nelson and Kootenay Lake culture, our mountain bike trails appeal to the spirit of mountain biking: steeped in adrenaline or gentle flowing tracks. Varying grades start minutes from downtown Crawford Bay, Nelson, Balfour or Kaslo and take you along forested trails, over restored bridges and into peaceful paradise. Our variety of trails will keep you coming back to explore and calling out for more.


For professional backcountry mountain biking excursions visit Kaslo Bike Tours and Retallack for details on their wicked terrain and variety of programs.

An overview of our mountain bike trails in Nelson, Balfour and Kaslo is available online, or pick up a brochure at the Nelson or Kaslo Visitor Centres, or local bike shops.

Mountain Biking

Nelson Mountain Biking

The Nelson Cycling Club website has up-to-date information on events and trails in the area. Nelson maintains trails in eight different areas, from Morning Mountain to Mountain Station, and over to the North Shore near Balfour and Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The comprehensive and updated Nelson Mountain Bike Guide with over 105 trails, with maps and descriptions, and is available at:

All proceeds from sales of this Bike Guide go directly into ongoing trail maintenance costs that help keep the trails rolling.

Local group rides typically happen at Gerick Cycle and Ski on Tuesdays and Sacred Ride on Wednesdays. Contact them first to confirm departure time, and possible shuttle pickups.

Mountain bikers near peak of mountain above Kootenay Lake.

Kaslo Mountain Biking

Kaslo is well-known to adrenaline enthusiasts as well as those who are out for a gentle ride. Trails range from extreme to gentle in gorgeous country that’ll reel you in and leave you breathless. The Wagon Road Trail, which travels from Kaslo to Retallack (halfway to New Denver) is a great 20-kilometre trail for beginners. Experienced riders should give The Monster a go, an 11-kilometre round trip filled with steep jumps and technical sections that’ll remind you why you love this sport.

Kaslo has a Trail Map, only $2 and folds up nice and small to fit in your pocket. It is available at:


Kaslo trails as listed on Trailforks.

East Shore Mountain Biking

The East Shore of Kootenay Lake has a variety of trails including a portion of the Great Trail. Maps and information can be found on the East Shore Trail & Bike Association website.


Crawford Bay trails as listed on Trailforks.

Mountain Biking Events

If you're visiting in August, check out Nelson's Fat Tire Festival, an annual event for any age that celebrates all things bicycle! Races, group rides, parades and creative competitions make up the three-day event. In Kaslo, iDIDaRide features mountain biking and running races to test every skill level and age category. 

Bike Parks

There are bike parks in Nelson and Kaslo for those who like tricks and jumps. Nelson's bike park is immediately next to a renovated skateboard park that rivals the best in BC. Kaslo's Bike Park overlooks Kootenay Lake and Kaslo River - picturesque and perfect for the family.

Galena and Slocan Valley Trails

If you are looking for even more areas to explore by bike there are a couple more family friendly routes close by.

The Galena Trail west of Kaslo is a wide, shady trail that can be ridden in both directions. This trail is frequently used by hikers and families so remember to ride respectfully and in control. One of the highlights of this great trail is the cable car that crosses Carpenter Creek. It holds one bike at a time so it provides a nice opportunity to stop and take some pictures. 

Just west of Nelson is the Slocan Valley Rail Trail, winding along the Slocan River for 50km between Slocan Lake and Crescent Valley. The gentle rail grade is mostly packed dirt with a short 5km section of pavement, and features delicious bakeries and eateries along the route. 

Kootenay Dirt

8 Towns. 600+ Trails. 3 Bike Parks. Real Mountain Culture.

Mountain bike communities across the Kootenays have gathered together to showcase all that they have in their series of EPIC 8 videos. Trails weave through epic mountain and valley landscapes throughout the Kootenays. There is no shortage of awe-inspiring moments. View Feature Story & Video by Pinkbike.

Preventing Invasive Species

The West Kootenay region is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, with endless recreational opportunities. While enjoying all that the Kootenay Lake region has to offer please keep in mind that invasive species can act as hitchhikers and latch onto your clothing and gear. Stopping the spread of invasive species is as easy as PLAY CLEAN GO. For more details on how you can take action visit the CKISS website.

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