CUMBERLAND, B.C- A major new mountain bike trail is getting added in Cumberland.

The village is well-known for its forest trail network, and the United Riders of Cumberland are looking to make that network more accessible. That’s taken the form of the Western Climbing Trail Project.

The group is aiming to 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.

The UROC is excited to add the trail but Trail Manager Nathan Kwanalso said it will benefit everyone, not just riders.

The Cumberland trail network continues to grow in popularity with both local users and visitors – last year we saw over 120,000 visits on the 90+ km of trail here,” said Kwan, in an emailed statement.

As the organization responsible for trail management in the area through our land access agreement with the landowners, UROC works towards making the trail network safer, more accessible and more enjoyable.”

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

The project hopes to begin construction in late March to early April with completion set for August of this year.