The Village of Cumberland has an amazing hiking\biking trail system. The trail described here is only a fraction of the many possibilities. Consult the map for additional ones or contact the riding fools hostel in Cumberland. Also, I believe that all the trails support mountain biking so hikers\trail runners and bikers beware of each other. Also this area is known for their black bears so it is not a bad idea to wear a bear bell. One last thing to be aware of is due to the higher elevation of this area, in the winter months there may be snow in this area while the Comox Valley is snow free. So be prepared for all possibilities.
This trail takes about 3 hours to do and takes you through the woods and up to a view point where you can see the Village of Cumberland and beyond. This hike is a combination of a loop as well as going back on yourself.
From the parking lot turn left down Sutton and when the road bends right head straight through the gated gravel road. At the T junction make a right and in a few minutes you will see the sign on the right for the Mama bears trail of tears. Follow this trail ten minutes and when you come out to a logging road make a right. In a little while the road veers right, head straight onto Buggered Pig. Follow the trail as it veers right, follow this for another 10 minutes at which point you will come onto a technical mountain biking section, make a right here. In about 20 minutes you will head past Bronco Perseverance and come out to a road. Make a right and go over the bridge. Your elevation gain begins. After 40 minutes of following this road you will see an opening on the right. This is your lookout point. Have a break here before you head back.
You follow the exact way back until you get over the first major bridge that you crossed, here make a left and take the Bronco Perseverance trail back. The view here of the rushing stream bellow is nice, just stay away from the edge, it's a long way down!! Follow this trail for the next 30 minutes at which point you will be in familiar territory. Make a left on a logging road and then another left onto Mama Bears Trail of tears. Follow this all the way home.
This short trail will give you a good idea of what the trails are like in this section of Cumberland.
Head to Cumberland and head down the main road, Dunsmuir, to the Cumberland Recreation Institute. You will see it on the left and park in the parking lot at the corner of Dunsmuir and Sutton.
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Posted By: dseguin19
- Tue Oct 20 17:23:06 UTC 2009
UpsideSo many trails to choose from for either running, biking, walking. Absolutely beautiful! DownsideBears. I ran into one with my dog on Two and a Juice and it scared me, we got 10 feet away before my dog noticed it. It was in the bushes on the side of the trail just sitting there. It was a small one too, mama must have been around somewhere. Not much fear of humans. CommentDo the trails with a friend or a dog, don't be afraid to make a bit of noise to the wildlife know your around. Totally worth the trip and the network of trails provides endless possibilities.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Fri Jul 18 19:53:43 UTC 2008
UpsideI have ridden trails such as bucket of blood (more DH) and three little pigs and more, it's a great area, so many options from beginner to advanced. Downsidenone -- especially when you consider you've got this great hostel nearby set up for mountain bikers and skiers in the winter, it's an undiscovered paradise. CommentSee the other trails listed near Cumberland or Courtenay to find more on Trailpeak for this area.