The City of Quesnel (City) and the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), in partnership with the Gold Rush Cycling Club, have hired Thomas Schoen of First Journey Trails (FJT) to construct a new mountain bike climbing trail in the Dragon Mountain Provincial Park. Also, they will bring the existing trails in the Dragon Mountain Provincial Park up to the standards set out by International Mountain Bike of Canada.
Dragon Mountain Provincial Park, 1,773 hectares, is located approximately 10 km southeast of the City of Quesnel in CRD Electoral Area A. It’s accessed by secondary roads from Highway 97.
The City and CRD recognize the value of trails for both residents and visitors. Following the completion of the North Cariboo Trails Inventory and Master plan, the City and the CRD committed to further developing and marketing trails in the Quesnel area and are moving forward with a phased approach, focusing on future development, and upgrading the existing trail networks to become an outdoor enthusiast destination.
In 2018, the City and CRD consulted with the Gold Rush Cycling Club and Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium to develop the Dragon Mountain Master Development Plan. This plan focuses on a phased approach in upgrading existing trails and adding new trails to the Dragon Mountain Provincial Park mountain bike trail network. From this plan, the consultation group, along with BC Parks, chose to develop a 9 km mountain bike climbing line in the park. This project is in addition to the four new trails being constructed in the Wonderland Trail Network located off of Quesnel-Hydraulic Rd.
The new mountain bike climbing trail will be machine and hand-built and will vastly improve the network by making the network more accessible to all skill levels, improving user safety, and bringing the relatively unknown mountain bike trails in the Dragon Mountain Provincial Park to the forefront in the Cariboo.
The trails in the park are designated for non-motorized use by mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners. The Gold Rush Cycling Club holds a Partnership agreement with BC Parks to maintain the existing trails.
The existing network will be open during trail construction; however, users need to follow all trail work or trail closure signs and watch for crews working in the area. This project is weather dependent and is scheduled to be complete in October 2019.
Funding for this project is made possible by BC Rural Dividend and Northern Development Trust Initiative.
Page last modified: October 30, 2018 09:50:58 PDT