Guidebook

5 Flowy Mountain Bike Rides in Cumberland Forest

Cumberland is known for its superbly flowy trails—get your flow on with these top 5 flowy routes!

Greg Heil

Description

Cumberland's trail system is famous for its fun, flowy, jump-filled blue lines. While many mountain bike trail systems in British Columbia feel like they're filled with gnarly lines and challenging tech 100% of the time, you can actually enjoy some approachable swoop and flow on the trails here in Cumberland. Follow the recommended routes in this guidebook to make the most of Cumberland's flowy trails.

The first thing you need to know about riding in Cumberland is that most of the trails on the mountain were not originally planned in any which way. The original renegade trails were constructed in a haphazard fashion, and only in recent years have local mountain biking advocates attempted to stitch them together into more logical routes. Even still, to complete most of these "flow" rides, you'll have to string together some amazing descents with a few awkward punchy climbs in the middle. This is simply the reality of Cumberland mountain biking.

For the best flow lap in Cumberland, check up this smorgasbord of trails that includes Sobo No Michi, Above and Beyond, Blue Print, New Vanilla, Upper Climax, Field of Dreams, Blue Collar, the Crafty Butchers, No Hole, and Space Nugget. A tweaked alternative of this route that instead heads over into the Eastern Bloc is also a fantastic ride option.

The Eastern Bloc is home to some fun, flowy, pedal-forward singletrack that sees much less traffic than the trails in the center of the system. While the second route mentioned above leads into the Eastern Bloc, for a more pedal-forward loop option, try out this loop anchored by Double Pumper and Iron Curtain.

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 a great beginner-friendly taste of mountain biking right next to the trailhead. If you're ready to progress your skills and are looking for a stepping stone to the longer rides in the trail system, try this figure-8 route on for size.

Whether you're looking for flowy beginner trails, pedal-friendly swoop and flow, big tabletop jumps, or endless berms, Cumberland Forest has your mountain bike flow needs covered!

Cumberland Flow Lap
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Cumberland Flow Lap

Vancouver Island
18.3 km
564 m
564 m
Combine Cumberland's best flow trails into one big ride!
Difficult
Private
Field of Dreams -> Blue Collar -> Rhizome -> Woodcutter
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Field of Dreams -> Blue Collar -> Rhizome -> Woodcutter

Vancouver Island
19.3 km
598 m
598 m
A flowy loop that accesses two of the best views in Cumberland Forest.
Difficult
Private
Double Pumper -> Iron Curtain Loop
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Double Pumper -> Iron Curtain Loop

Vancouver Island
12.2 km
294 m
294 m
A pedal-forward ride that traverses through the heart of the trail system and explores the Eastern Bloc.
Difficult
Private
Cumberland Beginner Loop
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Cumberland Beginner Loop

Vancouver Island
3.7 km
102 m
101 m
A short, easy introduction to mountain biking in Cumberland Forest.
Moderate
Private
Missing Link Figure-8
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Missing Link Figure-8

Vancouver Island
4.6 km
134 m
134 m
A great progression ride that's easy to access near the entrance to Cumberland Forest.
Difficult
Private