Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
Hornby Island is"a destination of choice for riders from across the Pacific Northwest," claim the authorities at US mountain bike magazine DirtRag.
All credit to the Hornby Island Mountain Biking Association (NIMBA) for building and maintaining the trails in collaboration with the regional parks committee. The association funds itself through sales of an excellent, satellite-view map of the trail system available at Jeremy Payne's Hornby Outdoors Sports (open May to October) in the Ringside Market. Bikes rentals are also available here along with pro advice on conditions and routing.
Since the mid-1980s, some 80km/50mi of fast and narrow single-track trails have been carved into the topography of Hornby Island's highest peak, Mount Geoffrey. Westside trails are best for climbing to the 330m/1083ft summit. Intersections are marked with good signage. Unlike many BC biking hotspots, the routes here are free of rocks and roots. Result: A smooth, flowing circuit with enough variety.
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