Williams Lake Trail Network Expanding

Jul 12, 2015 at 14:01
by Tom Schoen  
New climbing line built with an all First Nations crew from the Williams Lake Indian Band. Photo by John Wellburn

Williams Lake, often called the "Shangri La of Mountain-Biking" is adding to its existing trail networks. Fox Mountain, Westsyde, South Lake Side and Desous Mountain are the four existing trail networks in or near the Puddle. We are pleased to announce the opening of the Chief Will Yum Trail Network

New climbing line built with an all First Nations crew from the Williams Lake Indian Band. Photo by John Wellburn

Work on the new 7 km cross country connector from Fox Mountain to the Chief Will Yum campsite started in 2014 and resumed in April of 2015. All work is now complete and the trail is open to all riders. The trail starts at the most south eastern border of the Fox Mnt. Trail Network (Zambonee) and has a couple steep climbs. It is bi-directional and crosses a number of small roads and ATV tracks. Linking the Fox Mountain Trails with the Chief Will Yum Campground and, eventually, the Southside Trails, represents a significant opportunity for the Williams Lake Indian Band as well as the overall enhancement of mountain bike recreation in the Williams Lake and Cariboo Area. In May and June of 2015, a crew from the Williams Lake Indian Band, built a climbing trail and a downhill trail adjacent to the campground. First Journey Trails was contracted as the project management firm.

Getting started

Trail crew



Trailbuilding in hot, buggy and dry conditions is hard work, the crew is reaping the reward: fresh tracks!

Climbing line



Loam central

The multi-year project is a partnership between the Williams Lake Indian Band, the Williams Lake Cycling Club and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. Stay tuned for the grand opening announcement of 'Rock Star', an expert only DH trail. Williams Lake resident and big mountain shredder, James Doerfling, will also be adding a trail to the network in the near future.

Teeter Totter - Trail Entrance

All photos by John Wellburn

MENTIONS: @caribooyj


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 Was up riding in William Lake last month and was blown away with how awesome the trails are, and how hospitable the locals are. If you are visiting be sure to stop in at Red Shreds, awesome shop and one of the best shop crews I have ever had the pleasure of riding with. Will be back for sure!
  • 1 0
 Red Shreds is one of the all time great bike shops in BC. Mark and the crew have done more for biking in the Caribou than can be put down in words.
  • 3 0
 Skinny-teeter-step-down? It's been a while since I've seen one of those.
  • 1 0
 Williams Lake is amazing for riding. I'm looking forward to checking out this addition on my next trip through.
  • 1 0
 Rode it today. Great trail for sure.
  • 1 0
 So awesome! I love riding in Williams Lake
  • 1 0
 So awesome! I miss riding you Williams lake!! I will be back one day!
  • 1 0
 That looks like amazing trail work.
  • 1 0
 Yah Tom! Stoked to check the trail out and head your way soon!
  • 1 0
 Awesome to hear. Will have to make another trip down

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