The closest town is actually Ioco (and village of Anmore).
Course for the 10th NSMBA Twoonie Race Aug 22nd is a great trail for some good flowy up and down singletrack, particularly on the west side of Buntzen. The east side features double-track as per the picture above, but once you get to the north end of the lake, cross the dam, and sweep up and around onto Lakeview Trail, you will find your heart going to max as you climb up, then ride down, a set of steep switchbacks. Over and over.
This trail goes around Buntzen Lake and consists of technical climbs, switchbacks and ripping descents.
You can ride it counter clockwise or clockwise.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Buntzen Reservoir Recreation Area is located approximately 30 km from Vancouver in the village of Anmore. From Hwy 7A (Barnett Highway) take the Ioco exit and follow Ioco Road. Turn right onto 1st Avenue and again at Sunnyside Road. Sunnyside Road will lead you directly to the entrance gate. An alternative route from the Ioco Exit is to continue straight through on Heritage Mountain Boulevard. Follow the signs to the right on Parkside Drive, left onto Aspen Drive, and right onto East Road until the road ends at Sunnyside Road. Sunnyside Road will lead you to the entrance gate. Parking lots and the main beach area are located about 2 km inside the main entrance gate.
GPS coverage was great, and we found that in mapping this route, it was helpful to see just where we were relative to our starting point, one of the nice features of GPS, the onscreen breadcrumb trail showing you what you've done. A great ride, very fast, flows!
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Posted By: Fortyylove
- Sat Apr 26 22:26:44 UTC 2014
UpsideBetter workout than Buntzen lake Trail Less busy CommentThis is a great alternative to traverse the west side of Buntzen Lake. Well maintained trail and not busy at all.
I've blogged about the trail. Check it out for more info and pictures...
Posted By: vpigeon
- Mon May 14 05:07:39 UTC 2007
UpsideGood medium length and difficulty hike (11 kms around the lake, 150 m elevation gain, 300 m total ascent). Takes you to North Beach for a swim in the summer. DownsideNo cyclists to be seen on May 13, 2007, so don't know if there are any downsides to this trail. Possibly crowds at south beach on hot summer weekend day. CommentMost comments about this trail are from cyclists. This really a hiking trail, one of 3 N/S on the west side of Buntzen Lake. Buntzen Lake trail is lower, 8 kms around the lake, approx 75 m el gain, Diez Vistas is the harder, longer trail, 15 kms around the lake, 450 el gain.
Posted By: Rand
- Sun Aug 10 16:25:55 UTC 2003
Upsidegreat environment (once you escape the hub of Buntzen Lake south beach). Downsidetechnical climbing CommentIntended on having a relaxing day of cross country with some technical challenges and descents mixed in. No way, this trail is a slog, a grind, definitely for advanced riders who enjoy pulling their teeth out Why would anybody want to ride this trail is beyond me, with all the other great rides on the shore and the other shore (tri-cities). Do your self a favour, leave Lakeview to the mules.
Posted By: Thurlow
- Mon Nov 11 17:42:53 UTC 2002
UpsideExcellent switchback downhill. As fast as you dare. Better Clockwise. Downside Tough climb, but worth it. Comment Make sure you are on UPPER Lakeview, which is multiuse.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Sat Aug 10 02:49:05 UTC 2002
UpsideGood views Downsidea tough slog for the inexperienced rider and watch for horses. CommentUpdate on the previous post - according to BC Hydro's August 2000 Buntzen Lake Reservoir brochure the Lakeview trail is open to Equestrians and mountain bikers - nothing about been open only certain months of the year - you are expected to use the old road to the dam and not the suspension bridge to access the trail on the west side of the lake.
Posted By: lanks
- Tue Jul 30 21:09:13 UTC 2002
UpsideViews.... DownsideHitting hikers CommentThis trail is not a mountain biking trail...well until at least the fall