Video: Gold Rush Trails Make Great Singletrack

Mar 1, 2014 at 17:32
by Ride The Cariboo  

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In the fall of 2013, the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium produced a video series that profiled each of the Ride The Cariboo communities of Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. The series will be released in three parts over the month of March and will provide the Pinkbike community a look into the riding experience of the Cariboo.


We begin in the Northern most community of the Cariboo - Wells, BC. With trails dating back to the early 1800's, riding in Wells/Barkerville is not only a phenomenal alpine experience, but a historical one as well. Some of the trails were built by forced labour during the Cariboo gold rush of the late 1860's when Barkerville was being considered for the Provincial capital and men were making history with epic gold strikes. Today, mountain bikers use the trails in search of their own fortune.

The best time to ride in Wells is during the summer when the alpine is fully accessible. We recommend a trip over the Arts Wells weekend, one of the biggest music festivals in the interior of BC. When you're not rocking out, a short ride from Wells will put you in the historic town of Barkerville, where you can pan for gold, and catch up on some history. Riding up to Groundhog Lake and over the summit of Mt. Agnus will send you down the Powderhouse Trail, recently tuned up by the Consortium. It's epic, well signed and worth the visit.

By John Wellburn

This video was supported by the Hubs Motel and the Bear's Paw Pub - both of which we recommend when you visit Wells. For all your travel needs to Wells check ridethecariboo.ca. The riders in the video are John Wellburn, Sofie Durfeld and Justin Calof. Music is by Drum and Bell Tower..

Check out the next release on March 19th from Dragon Mountain in Quesnel.
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32 Comments

  • + 11
 Being from Quesnel its great to see this area getting the exposure it deserves. We may have a short riding season but the summers more than make up for it. Once you get here these trips can be done on the cheap and you're probably going to feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Keep up the great work ridethecariboo!
  • + 1
 Thanks mackg! Lots more to come.... visit and sign up on our website to stay in the loop.
  • + 1
 I want to go to there!
  • + 8
 "In Saw Tooth Mountains of Southern Idaho sits Sun Valley. A small town surrounded by thousands of miles by trails. Most were created by prospectors seeking pathways into the mountains to search for gold. The gold they found here is gone but the trails remain..."
  • + 1
 Well played. ^^^
  • + 2
 That section remains one of my favourite of all MTB films. The riding, the scenery, the overall vibe and Peaty just being so laid back, he's practically horizontal!
  • + 1
 Yessssir! ROAM is still probably my favorite video ever. I feel like it portrays the true freedom mountain biking gives you when you're out ridin with buds. Loved this video! Good vibes for sure
  • + 3
 We need more "classical" epic IMBA world class trails. Long ones (4-9 hours) where there is only one trail threw out the whole wilderness and you can't get lost in the middle of nowhere with your life on the line. Area's like the Cariboo have so much to gain by simply making a nice long trail covering a lot of area going threw scenic places. Most importantly there should be no need to look at a map the whole day. Let the trails speak for themselves (world class famous) and they will defend sensitive area's prone to development.
  • + 2
 Had a flippin riot riding with you and wellburn there this summer! Cool video. Not to mention the arts wells festival is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. If given the opportunity to get back out to BC any time soon it will most definitely be during Arts Wells!
  • + 2
 Out of the thousands of ghost towns in north America, Barkerville stands at # 6 or better of the most famous list ,and is restored and alive. Nice place to visit .
  • - 1
 Is there a reason WHY?? Pink Bike can't keep a thread in the order it was posted. On a large thread such as this. It make developing any reasonable thought about the topic impossible. Is that Pink Bikes purpose? Too sway the opinion of it's readers, and dumb down the arguments that disagree with theirs. Which. Is becoming obvious, and that is to support their advertisers and advertising revenue.
Shame on Pink Bike.
  • + 8
 above the top comment you can sort comments by time they were posted
  • + 1
 i think its spelled pinkbike
  • + 2
 Too pretty, gota be CGI. Man I like to just get lost up there for a few day right about now.
  • + 1
 That looks like a great place to ride. I will add it to my list of places to ride...hopefully I can get out there this summer!
  • + 1
 Looks like I have to plan a trip and find someone to ride those trails with
  • + 2
 Still rideable with a 26" bike ! Fab ! My kind of things
  • + 2
 That's a rather nice Vanwinkle you have there!
  • + 1
 It's so nice I want to cry.
  • + 2
 Please to explain need for slow-mo? Hugs
  • + 1
 Look at the background!
  • + 1
 Well, that was better that a dagger in the tits. Video had a nice feel to it and the riding looks awesome, would ride. tup
  • + 3
 Such a fun day!
  • + 1
 this time the grizzly let them go... it's a pity.
  • + 1
 Just good plain ol xc fun
  • + 1
 Whoa those chicks can rip! Oh wait....oh no...but I already...
  • + 1
 Es un paisaje muy bello, me encanta , excelente trabajo !
  • + 1
 These videos with Drum and Bell Tower...there needs to be more of them!
  • + 1
 Nice! makes me eager for summer...whats that song?
  • + 1
 Nice ride!
  • + 1
 Excellent trail!
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