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Biking and hiking trail opens Oct. 26 on Maple Mountain
A new mountain-biking and hiking trail on Maple Mountain opens this weekend, offering a continuous route from peak to parking lot.
Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society says its nine-kilometre line opens at Osborne Bay Road's parking lot Saturday, Oct. 26 At 10 a.m.
Hikers can start climbing at 10 a.m.; bikers can start at 10:45 a.m.
"There will be food and cold drinks on hand, a chance to mix with some big names in the sport of mountain biking, and a chance to test some new rides from local shops," society president Robin Kenton's email says of the top-to-bottom trail ending at Osborne Bay Road's lot.
CTSS has signed a licence of occupation with North Cowichan council, allowing construction of a mixed-use trail on Maple Mountain.
"This first sanctioned trail repositioned an existing mountain biking/hiking trail off of private property, and within the municipal forest reserve," says Kenyon.
CTSS is a member of the International Mountain Biking Association, and plans future trail-building projects.
"The next trail we hope to build is a climbing trail, at a low gradient, from the Osborne Bay Road access to the top of Maple Mountain."
Another CTSS goal is to rank, sign and map the municipality's hiking and biking trails.
"This allows visitors and locals alike to experience the many trails our valley has to offer.
"Mountain bike tourism is a growing piece of the tourism puzzle, injecting many millions of dollars into the B.C. economy," Kenyon says.
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