The area between Station Flats and Canyon Creek Road has become a popular mountain biking destination, with more bikers than hikers on many of the trails. There is everything from short, steep, obstacle-featured “Downhill Specific” (DHS) trails that descend to Canyon Creek, to long-distance trails such as Tom Snow, which is used as part of the Bow 80, an 80 km loop that starts along Sulphur Springs, then over Cox Hill and Jumpingpound Mountain. Some of the new trails built by the mountain biking community are multi-use, some are DHS, while the two sections of Pneuma joined by Hotlaps are heavily used as an alternative to cycling up the road.
Hikers need to use caution on high-speed DHS trails such as Special K and Race of Spades. Hike them only in spring and fall when traffic is lighter; hike them in small groups, in the uphill direction, with head up and eyes open. Avoid Pneuma on busy weekend days, with the exception of the top section which descends the open ridge above the first section of Moose Mountain trail, providing spectacular views and a pleasant alternative to the boring old road.
The map below shows the conglomeration of trails in the area. DHS trails are shown as dashed red lines. Not shown are the DHS trails that descend to Canyon Creek. Click on the map for a larger, printable version.
The map in a previous post, New Bike Trails in the Elbow, shows trails to the east between Tom Snow to Elbow Trail.
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