Trails

Are you someone who likes to explore trails?  If so, Ashcroft should be on your list of places to explore.  Our geography is quite unique when compared to the rest of Canada and even in BC.  This climate here is semi-arid, arguably the driest in all of Canada.  The result is a desert landscape with few trees to obstruct your views.  You can choose different methods of travel, including motorized and non-motorized.  Below, we focus on the non-motorized modes of travel: Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding.

Hiking

For those who like to explore by foot, there are ample opportunities for you to enjoy.  What is more, because our climate is so dry, Ashcroft can be the perfect place to escape cloud and rain.  Often, when it is raining elsewhere, here it is not!  Please be advised that during the summer, it can be hot.  It is recommended that people bring plenty of water to drink and protection from the sun.  As well, visitors are reminded to watch out for cactus and the occasional rattlesnake.  If you don't know where to go, just ask people around town - Ashcroft is a friendly community and residents will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Take the time to explore some of our surrounding Provincial Parks; check out one of our trails in the Gold Trail Hiking Guide , or a flat stroll throughout the village to view our beautiful mosaic artwork.  Alternatively you can opt for a hike that requires technology, check out our page on Geocaching and QuestUpon in and around Ashcroft.

Biking

If you like to cycle, Ashcroft has a lot to offer.

Mountain biking:  There are a lot of trails that are suitable for mountain biking.  Cross country and a lot of downhill are available for your pleasure.  A few pointers to remember:

  • Please respect private property and ask permission before trespassing;
  • Stick to the trail to reduce impact to the surrounding vegetation (that vegetation helps secure the slopes!);
  • If you encounter a gate, leave it in the state in which you find it after passing through.

Road biking:  If you are up for a challenge, there are plenty of hills for you to conquer.  In particular, why not try out the Ashcroft Hell Climb, taking you up highway 97C towards Logan Lake.

Horseback Riding

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride horseback through the terrain depicted in old Western movies?  You don't have to wonder, you can do it here in Ashcroft.  This is 'cowboy country'.  In the area surrounding Ashcroft there are several working cattle ranches where cowboys still use horses to get the job done.  Those interested in horseback riding should consider exploring either of the links below.

Gryphon Hollow Farms
Sundance Guest Ranch