100 Mile House, the gateway to the Cariboo Chilcotin, has always been a favoured stopping point for travellers and adventurers. Located at the 100 Mile marker from Lillooet and the start of the Cariboo Wagon Trail, it was the route thousands of people travelled during the gold rush years of the late 1800s, into the interior of the province seeking their fortune. Today, it is a service centre for communities on the Chilcotin plateau and a growing trails and mountain bike destination.
Over the past several years, the HunCity Mountain Bike Club has been working with Recreation Sites and Trails and the District of 100 Mile House to build new trails and riding opportunities in the District Woodlot at Mile 99 just south of town on Highway 97.
These new developments include the completion of three new trails: Lower & Upper Climb & Punishment, and a new signature flow trail, Hustle & Flow, designed and built by world-renowned rider and builder James Doerfling (Jimco Contracting). The trail includes extensive and elaborate wooden features by First Journey Trails, a high profile trail development company that has built wildly popular trails around the province, including Snakes and Ladders in Williams Lake, Soda Creek, and Papa Woods in Prince George.
“This was a much-needed addition of trail infrastructure in the 100 Mile House area,” notes Thomas Schoen, chair of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. “We needed a larger network of trails near 100 Mile House to promote the Kamloops to Quesnel corridor and make 99 a stopping point for visiting riders.”
For Steve Law, the president of the HunCity Mountain Bike Club, the most exciting aspect of the trails is how they are accessible to a broad range of riders. “The great thing about these trails is anyone can ride them and have a blast. Young kids can ride the whole trail and have a riot. A professional expert like James Doerfling can hit every jump and feature. That’s the kind of experience we wanted to create, something for advanced riders, something for families, trails that can serve the broadest possible demographic.”
“Hustle & Flow is rated blue and is ridable by most beginner riders,” Schoen explains. “All the jumps, drops and Technical Terrain features are rollable and fun.”
According to both Schoen and Law, the strategy is working.
“We’ve never seen so much traffic on our trails,” Law explains. “People are riding the climbing trails, shuttling, it’s a great success.”
As the interior begins to lift restrictions related to COVID-19, and communities begin to welcome visitors back to the region, many riders will be looking for new riding opportunities closer to home. 100 Mile House and the interior have everything mountain bike travellers are seeking. Great restaurants, accommodations and world-class riding. Our recommendation: start in Kamloops, head up Highway Five to the stellar trails of the Simpcw First Nation in Chu Chua, then Clearwater on the edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Drive one hour north to 99 and then onto Williams Lake, Soda Creek, Quesnel and beyond. The perfect Road trip. A true gold rush of epic riding adventures.