Cumberland Beginner Loop

Vancouver Island

A short, easy introduction to mountain biking in Cumberland Forest.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
3.7 km
Ascent
102 m
Descent
101 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
149 m
High Point
229 m
Gradient
Cumberland Beginner Loop Map

If you're a new mountain biker and are looking to dip your toes into the sport, Cumberland can be a great place to learn! This short 2-mile loop provides the perfect beginner-friendly taste of mountain biking right next to the trailhead.

Description

From the trailhead, pedal up the dirt road a short way to pick up the Spanker trail on the left. Spanker is a non-technical singletrack trail on a mellow grade that will help you get a feel for what mountain biking in Cumberland Forest has to offer. After pedaling up a small rise, you'll roll down a small hill back toward a junction with the dirt road.

At the junction, take a right turn onto Kitty Litter and follow it to Space Nugget. This two-trail combination provides a short, flowy descent back down to the trailhead that is perfect for getting a feel for Cumberland mountain biking. On Kitty Litter, you'll encounter a few rocks in the trail, some low berms, and a few wooden bridges that are close to the ground. Practicing on these low-consequence wooden bridges will help build your confidence on manmade features.

Space Nugget continues the swoop and flow with a series of beautifully-sculpted back-to-back berms on delightful singletrack. This section of trail is a bit rootier than Kitty Litter, providing a slightly different trail character.

Before you know it, you'll be back to the trailhead. If you're still looking for more riding, try stepping up with this figure-8 route anchored by Missing Link.

Sources: Canadian MTB, Youtube

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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