Mountain Biking Smithers: The Bluff

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From Smithers it’s only a five-minute ride to the beginning of the “The Bluff” trail network.

Mountain biking the Old Bluff Trail in Smithers, BC

Another five minutes of pedalling, and you’re well on your way up an awesome network of mountain biking trails. It isn’t only for adrenaline junkies and technical riders—The Bluff also includes an extensive network of fun cross-country trails, paths that wind their way through a gorgeous northern forest. Anyone riding here should be aware that Smithers is in rural northern British Columbia, so there’s always a chance of running into wildlife while out exploring—be safe.

A biking boardway in the forest

One of The Bluff’s many on-trail structures. Almost everything here has ride-arounds, so if you don’t feel up to it, there’s always an easier route.

All the trails are clearly marked but both bike stores in town carry a map made by the Smithers Mountain Biking Association (SMBA), a local volunteer-run non-profit that maintains and manages the trails at The Bluff and elsewhere around Smithers. Make sure to stop in at C.O.B. Bikes for some good insider knowledge from owners Dave and Gabe and to pick up any gear you might have forgotten to bring along. If you’re travelling to Smithers without a bike but are itching for a ride, you can rent one from McBike and chat with owner Peter about which trails are best suited to your style of riding.

Mountain biking the bluff trail in Smithers, BC

One of The Bluff’s super fun technical trails

Today I take it slow, enjoying the trail as it winds its way up the hill, sunlight filtering through tall trees. When I eventually get to the top, I’m tired but feeling good. Through the trees here, I can see the town below and in the distance the Babine Mountains. Today I’m heading for one of my favourite trails, a black-diamond run called “Auntie Flo”. I strap on leg armor, tug my helmet on, lower my seat post, and take a deep breath. Go! It’s a fast, narrow trail with some tight corners and sections of technical riding, occasionally over structures, before skidding to the bottom, the smile on my face as big as the landscape I’m surrounded by.