|Echo Valley Provincial Park|
Background: Cyclists who love to
climb will enjoy the Echo Valley Provincial Park Trails. The park is situated on
the south side of Pasqua Lake. Over 10 kilometers of single and double track
stretch up and down the valley walls, pass through dense coulees of poplar and
aspen, and over prairie grasslands at the top. Remember, what goes up, must come
down! The downhills are so exciting that it is not long before riders gladly
endure the long climbs to take any number of downhill opportunities. Trail areas
are very well marked with maps and "Level of Difficulty" classifications.
Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced
- The main aspect of Echo Valley is the climbing. This is not to say that the
climbs are especially difficult, but rather long and very drawn out. There are
no unexpected technical sections nor any steep flanks; only a long double track
that seems to go up, and up, and up. The valley walls are quite big along this
portion of the Qu'Appelle Valley system, and while they provide challenging
climbs, they also provide exciting downhills, which like the climbs, seem to go
on forever -- a unique aspect for any Saskatchewan trail.
Directions: Echo Valley Provincial Park is located 8 kilometers west of the Town of Fort Qu'Appelle on Highway 210.
What to Bring: Bring enough fluids, especially if it is hot. Mosquitoes and wood ticks can be a problem in the early summer, so bring the appropriate repellent. If you run out of water during the ride, there are several taps and fountains throughout the camping areas that are available only during the "in-season". Bring your standard tool kit and first aid items. The area is isolated so bring enough of everything you require. If you do run out of any particular item, the Town of Fort Qu'Appelle is nearby and offers a variety of services. There is, however, no mountain bike shop, so bring all the tools, extra inner tubes, pumps and accessories. You may also want to bring extra clothing should the weather change suddenly, or if you wish to enjoy any "lake activities"