Early in 2013 the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society signed a License of Occupation with the Municipality of North Cowichan which allowed them for the first time to legally construct and maintain, mixed-use trails on Maple Mountain. The first order of business, a re-route of the original Maple Syrup trail, built by Trevor Prest many years before. Some lower sections of Maple Syrup crossed into private land and at the owner's request, the trail needed to be moved back within the forest boundaries. With the re-build of lower Maple Syrup in full swing, CTSS members took the opportunity to address any outstanding sustainability issues found on the upper portions of the trail, taking care to leave as much of Trevor's original design untouched. Members and supporters of CTSS worked tirelessly throughout the summer and into the fall to complete the project. In October of that year, the CTSS proudly hosted the official grand opening party of the newly minted Maple Syrup. The event would see 200+ riders and hikers take part and show their appreciation and support of the Society's hard work and dedication to the project.
With a dinner and dance fundraiser, MEC grant, local business sponsor and support and of course individual donations, CTSS was able to focus on the completion of their new climbing trail. A trail that would allow riders to avoid having to use a forest road to access upper Maple Syrup. Dedicated members spent weekend after weekend, wielding Pulaskis and MacLeods cutting in kilometer after kilometer of new trail. When all was said and done, the Society dedicated over 2000 volunteer hours and an entire season to the completion of the 9 km trail, now known simply as, the Climbing Trail. Combine this with the 9 km Maple Syrup descent and Maple Mountain now has a fully sanctioned, 18 km loop.