Trails

Trails and Maps

There are 3 primary riding areas in Prince George.

1. The Pidherny Recreation Site is managed by Recreation Sites and Trails in partnership with the Prince George Cycling Club/PGMBA. TRAIL MAP (PDF)

2. Caledonia Nordic Center (Otway) has a large network of snowshoe trails that are great mountain bike trails in the summer. TRAIL MAP (PDF)

3. UNBC and Forest for the World (FFTW) has a large network of granular double-track managed by the City of Prince George, as well as many old-school technical singletrack, found south of the Greenway Trail. TRAIL MAP (PDF)

Trail Maintenance and Group Rides

Thanks to all the individuals who came out to support the build nights and work bees. Lots of love went into the trails this year and it really showed! 

Group rides, including Gals n’ Gears, were also a high point of the year. For more information on weekly ride and build nights, check out our event page. 

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has developed the following ‘Rules of the Trail’ to promote responsible conduct on shared-use trails

1. Ride Open Trails

Respect trail and road closures. Ask the appropriate land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land.

2. Control Your Bicycle

Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits. Social conflicts on trails often result when riders are going too fast.

3. Plan Ahead

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

4. Yield Appropriately

Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Mountain bikers should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to all users headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe, controlled, and courteous one.

5. Leave No Trace

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you and the environment around you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Don’t ride around standing water which results in widening the trail. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Consider improving the trail experience for those that follow by picking up and removing any litter.

Bikers vs Hikers

in general bikers yield to hikers on shared trails. If a biker is working hard up a tough multi-purpose uphill, the hiker should yield. On a bike-only trail hikers should yield and bikers should educate the hiker nicely. HOWEVER, a biker should never expect a hiker to yield.

Bikers vs Bikers

uphill traffic gets the right of way on a two-way trail. Yes, that means sometimes getting a buzzkill having to stop for uphill traffic, but safety first. If you can’t handle this, then ride a downhill-only trail or start competing at races.

The rules are all very self-explanatory and communication is at the heart. As mentioned, it is our responsibility as mountain bikers to ride in control and pass accordingly when it is safe. Be courteous, and above all, have fun. And please, Strava is not an excuse to ignore the above.