Western Climbing Trail Project

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The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) are planning to engage the services of a Contractor for the construction of the Western Climbing Trail in the Cumberland trail network. The project scope includes the construction of approximately 4.0km of climbing specific singletrack trail.

To learn how to bid, visit our Jobs page here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Western Climbing Trail Project?

The Cumberland area is home to a network of popular mountain biking and hiking trails that are located on both privately owned forestry lands and municipal park land. The network contains over 90km of trails and extends high into the Beaufort Mountain range. The trails see an impressive amount of use – upwards of 500 people on a busy day and over 120,000 annual visits.

This Project will create a climbing non-motorized trail approximately 4.0km long that will allow users to access the upper part of the trail network without having to travel on resource roads. This climbing trail will serve as an important travel corridor for all trail users of the Cumberland network, as it will offer a safer, more enjoyable experience by shifting traffic off the regularly used resource roads and away from downhill trails, while also allowing UROC to properly plan and implement a trail experience that is consistent with existing best practices (such as the Whistler Trail Standards and IMBA guidelines).

Where does the funding for the project come from?

In 2018, UROC applied for a BC Rural Dividend Program grant, administered by the BC provincial government, and it was awarded to UROC in March 2018.

What is the UROC’s process for implementing this project?

UROC will be inviting bidders to respond to an Invitation to Quote (ITQ) to solicit competitive bids. The process allows UROC to clearly define the specifications for the project and required qualifications and requirements for the bidders to meet, as well as ensuring transparency during the project implementation.

Will there be any effect on trail users during project implementation?

Once project work has begun, a contractor may be utilizing the trails and access roads to haul equipment and supplies to the trail construction site. Efforts will be made to minimize the impact of the construction process on trail usage; however, there may be times when a trail needs to be temporarily closed or alternate routes suggested. UROC will communicate these trail closures on Facebook and Trailforks. The ideal timeline for this project will see completion in August, however this timeline may change due to environmental factors like weather and forest access closure.

Where can I find out more information about this project?

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact UROC Trail Manager Nathan Kwan at: [email protected]

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.