Distance: Under 15 km
Time: 1 – 2.5 hrs
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A
Technical Rating: Int. – Advanced
Physical Rating: Easy – Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
Pumphouse Trails are located near Campbell River downtown. A short pedal will get you to the start of the trail network which offers up a number of flowy and technical singletracks. Trails in the area range from intermediate to advance and may be combined for a few fast loops. Unfortunately, most of the trails in this area are not signed making route finding a bit of a challenge. The main trail Dean Martin is the simplest trail to follow – keep left when riding west or right when riding east. It a super fun singletrack that makes its way along a ridge to the start of the Snowden Demonstration Forest riding area; connecting you directly with Lower Deliverance/Alligator Rock once you cross the Brewster Lake Road. Most local riders use the Pumphouse Trails strictly as access to the vast network of trails located in the Snowden Forest. If you’re short on time or new to the area, Pumphouse serves as a great warm up.
Most of the Pumphouse Trails, aside from Jim’s Trail which runs near a clearing, run through a lush rain forest, offering very little views. Instead they provide the rider with a number of technical sections, some fast and flowy singletrack, and little elevation gain which helps keep the flow. There are no Technical Trail Features (TTFs) on these trails. A good cross-country or all mountain bike will serve you well here.
TRAILHEAD | N50 02.504 W125 17.564
Ride or drive west on Hwy 28 towards Elk Falls Provincial Park and Snowden. Turn right (north) on Duncan Bay Main FSR and drive/ride across the bridge and up the gravel road to the pull off parking area located on your left, west side of the road, about 650 metres up the gravel road from Hwy 28.
N50 02.543 W125 17.532 (Parking)
N50 02.504 W125 17.564 (TH)
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Pumphouse Trails are not very well marked, aside from Dean Martin. Most of the trails here are short connector trails inter-winding between Dean Martin and Jim’s Trail. For more information about the named trails, visit their individual trail pages: