Hopeful Bike Trails
Please note that the Hopeful Bike Trails are closed for the remainder of the summer season.
NEW this summer are the Hopeful Bike Trails (Experience). Inspired by the original Hopeful Trail that once helped prospectors and hunters ascend into the high alpine above Panorama, the Hopeful Bike Trails descend 4000’ of the buffest high alpine bike trails in BC.
Take the Mile 1 Express Quad and the Champagne Express Quad to just shy of the summit. Once you reach the summit of Panorama be sure to take in the breath-taking views of the Columbia Valley, the Rocky Mountains and the Purcells before continuing on. After traversing 1.5 scenic kms along Taynton Trail cyclists enter the single track proper and work your way across rolling side-hills eventually descending down to Goldie Junction. From this junction the trail offers 3 distinct trail options varying from flowy forested trails to challenging scree slopes for the brave.
This is not a trail but we recommend you take 5 minutes and walk in and relax on the shores of this hidden Alpine Lake.
(2.5km with 245m elevation loss)
This is the original Hopeful Trail that prospectors used and will take you out to the McKay Cabins. If you choose this option you will need to be prepared to face the challenge of several hike-a-bikes and the crossing of loose off camber scree slopes. Those brave enough to tackle this full-pull adventure will be rewarded with the most impressive views of the entire trail system and the pièce de résistance – the longest, flowiest descent imaginable. Make sure to stop and explore the cabins before starting the descent in earnest.
GLD (Goldie Lake Descent)
(1.6km with 250m of elevation loss)
Not into hike-a-biking? Then then this brand-new hand built trail is the way forward. Plunging immediately down and into the forest this trail sweeps down the natural contours of the mountain on its way to meet the original Hopeful Trail. This too is black rated descent.
(6.7km with 950m of elevation loss)
Both McKay and GLD intersect with Hopeful. The trail offers a smooth but narrow trail tread. While not technically challenging the remoteness, high speeds (the are extended areas where you feel like you are making the jump to light speed with Han Solo), narrowness, side-hill exposure, surprise steeps and corners make this a black trail. You need to be a solid bike handler and be self-sufficient in terms of mechanical breakdowns, weather changes, and injury management if you intend to tackle this ride.
(1.3km with 190m elevation loss)
A new descending egress trail has just been completed. There is still some great trail to go on Hopeful when you reach this junction but it will require a short climb back to the bike park. If you are in the mind of cold beverage then head down the T-Bar Express towards Mercy Me. No climbing necessary.
"Is the Hopeful Creek Trail in Panorama Resort, BC in my top five trails in all of BC? Yes." Seb Kemp ~ Mountain Biking BC
"This trail was one of the flowiest trail bike friendly paths I have ever ridden." Brett Tippie ~ Mountain Biking Icon
View the latest trail information below. This map is powered by our friends at Trailforks.
Need help on the trails?
Dial 250.342.6941 ext. 9 for help. Please report all bear or cougar sightings to a staff member.
It is important to understand that the Hopeful Bike Trails are in a remote area, far from any help. Please take proper backcountry precautions including telling someone where you are going and when to expect your return.
We highly recommend you take the following equipment:
- Cell phone/Radio/Personal Locator Beacon
- Spare tubes and patch kit
- Bike pump
- Bike light or headlamp
- Tool kit:
- Tire levers
- Allen wrenches, torx wrenches
- Multi tool
- Chain tool, extra links and quick-links
- Duct tape, zip ties
- 6. Additional clothing:
- Extra layer and/or jacket
- Bear spray
- Food and water
Mountain Bike Responsibility Code
Mountain biking involves elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Please adhere to the responsibility code, and share a safe experience with others.
- Ride in control and within your ability level. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
- Stay off the lifts and trails if your ability is impaired by drugs, alcohol, or fatigue.
- All riders must wear a helmet. A full face helmet, gloves, and body armour are strongly recommended.
- Inspect your bike or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic before you ride.
- Be sure to have the physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. Ask the lift attendant for assistance if you need it.
- Be aware of changing conditions on trails and features. Inspect features before use and throughout the day.
- Stay on marked trails. Obey all signs and warnings. Do not cut switchbacks. Keep off closed areas.
- Avoid riders ahead of you. They have the right of way.
- Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must identify yourself to the Bike Patrol.
- Do not feed, provoke, or approach wildlife.
Trail privileges will be suspended for breach of this code.