Much like most communities have experienced in recent years, Medicine Hat is seeing an explosion in cycling.
For the past four years in a row I have traveled east for a visit to ride the Medicine Hat mountain biking trails. Much like most communities have experienced in recent years, Medicine Hat is seeing an explosion in cycling. Thankfully this wave of momentum and its energy has been captured by the local municipal government, Alberta Parks and the local bike club 670 Collective.
Discover the New Medicine Hat Mountain Biking Trails
The local parks, grasslands, forests and hills have provided the blank canvas for this captured energy to be shaped into an explosion of new trail development. For my visit this fall I was going to check out the new family friendly trails at Echo Dale Regional Park. I would also visit the forested flow and technical trails at Hidden Valley Ski Hill within Cypress Hills Provincial Park at nearby Elkwater.
Echo Dale Regional Park Mountain Bike Trails
Echo Dale Regional Park is the largest municipal park in the region just west of the city. It is a terrific destination with expansive views, lake, washroom facilities and camping all along the South Saskatchewan River. A great part of the park is you can leave your car at the hotel and ride here from anywhere in Medicine Hat thanks to the 115km long Heritage Trail Network.
Hidden Valley Ski Hill Mountain Bike Trails at Cypress Hills
Time to turn the energy up and get your flow on because the new trails here on the slopes of the Hidden Valley Ski Hill are dialed for fun. Located within the Alberta side of the Cypress Hills Provincial Park, only a 35 minute drive from Medicine Hat, this zone is bringing the big mountain MTB feel to the Prairie riding scene. Mountain bike trails only started in the park in 2017 but have expanded quickly with almost 14km of new trail being added in 2021.
Read more on Chris' site here!