Houston mountain bike trail ready to ride

Bikers in the Houston area have a new trail to try on Mount Harry Davis. It's the beginning of a whole trail network planned for the area.

Volunteers show off new kiosk at the Mount Harry Davis bike trail.

Volunteers show off new kiosk at the Mount Harry Davis bike trail.

The first Houston mountain bike trail is open for bikers to ride.

Built by professional trail builders last fall, the intermediate trail on Mount Harry Davis has switchback turns, fantastic views and is suitable for “various disciplines and skills,” according to the mountain bike master plan finished at the end of 2012.

Martin Littlejohn, Executive Director of the Western Mountain Bike Tourism Association, was in Houston recently to try out the trail and talk about marketing the Northern BC bike trails.

Asked about the Houston trail, Littlejohn said it has tremendous potential.

“It has flow and small, exciting features enough to really draw interest,” he said.

Patrick Lucas, Founder and Director of the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program agreed.

“It’s fast, flowey and fun and I think it really captures the character of the area. You can see the town and it really makes you feel like you’re experiencing the area,” he said.

The trail, named “Broken Spokes,” recently opened for riders and now has signs and an information kiosk, said Jonathan Van Barneveld, Director of Houston Hikers.

Volunteers from the Initial Attack Wildfire Crew are currently cutting out three kilometres of new trail to extend the trail.

It is the first of eight trails planned for the site, including another intermediate trail, an advanced downhill trail, and two flow trails.

“There are endless possibilities for trails up on the hill,” Van Barneveld said.

Houston Hikers managed the trails design and development, funded with over $24,000 in grants from the Province, and grants from Bulkley Valley Credit Union and Dungate Community Forests.

For a map of the trail go to Countrywide Sports or the Houston Chamber of Commerce.