Westminster Abbey in Mission is a Benedictine monastery. The monastery sits atop what is locally known as St. Mary's Hill. There are five trails in the area. There are a few different forks in the main trail that split off to different parts; go check it out.
Jacob's Ladder for instance, is one of the most technical trails. Others are fast and some are really easy. There are few techy jumps in the area nor ladder-bridges. Some of these optional trail deviations are under construction by other rabid bikers.
Here are the "vague" Directions:
Get into Mission and head up to Dewdney Trunk Road. Go east along the road and eventually you will come up to a right turn that will take you to the monastery. Head along the walking trails and you will come to a soccer field at one area. In this field there is an opening in the trees, and you're where the trail starts. The opening is right at the start of the field so don't go to the other end looking for it.
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Posted By: schmoodo
- Wed Jan 05 01:37:12 EST 2005
UpsideThe entire trail system is not completely within the monestary property. In fact most of the trails are outside of it. You can climb up the trails via gondola, a new trail, that has a reasonable gradient up to the saddle. I your continue east from the saddle you are on the monks property. However you may go either north or west on trails and not be trespassing,
Posted By: trailpeak
- Sun Jan 02 13:46:21 EST 2005
CommentFolks, this is trailpeak editor writing, one of the brother's e-mailed me, and, he wanted to congratulate us on an excellent site to get people hiking and biking, but, wants to point out that biking is not allowed on private property, i.e. hiking is allowed, here are his words:
I was looking over your great web site and noted the entry for trails at Westminster Abbey. The abbey grounds are privately owned by us, the Benedictine Monks of Westminster Abbey. We allow the public to visit our grounds and church, however we are not a Recreation facility or a Park. We have posted a sign [for some years] at the entrance to the hiking trail to Heritage Park[''In this field there is an opening in the trees, and that?s where the trail starts. The opening is right at the start of the field so don't go to the other end looking for it.'' ] informing the public that bikes are not allowed. Our grounds are NOT open to mountain bikes. Perhaps you should make note of this fact on the Abbey Trails page. You are doing a great service to the public by helping them get out and hike and bike and enjoy the outdoors. However one should also respect private property. Yours Br. Peter Jamin OSB
Posted By: moburgers
- Mon Nov 15 00:27:58 EST 2004
UpsideVery close to home. Good elevation variation. Great practice are for technical trail running.
DownsideThere are too many people building trails in here. How about doing some maintenance on the trails that are already built. There is very little signage, and it is easy to get turned around.
CommentI found the plane crash site. It seems a little odd though, like maybe it was moved to its current location.
There are 3 peices: 1. Cockpit seating area 2. Cockpit Roof (I think) 3. A wing
I did big circles around it, and I couldn't find any other pieces. There are no seats, instruments, motor, or anything, just 3 big chunks of scrap aluminum. It looks like a single seater. It is white with blue stripes. Several people have carved their names and initials into the paint. The oldest I found was Sept 1974. All three pieces are light enough to pick up and carry. The aircraft aluminum is about as heavy as pop-can material. The light weight and lack of any other debris really makes me think it was moved to its current location from somewhere else.
Posted By: PuGGsTeR
- Tue Nov 09 22:33:54 EST 2004
CommentPlane Crash? and, as for finding anybody.. you barely ever run across anyone except maybe some hikers headin up. By the way beware of monks cause they dont want you riding here.
Posted By: lowlife
- Mon May 12 17:03:13 EDT 2003
Upsideexcellent downhill single track that winds for miles, very few muddy sections, and scattered techincal areas.
Downsidenever did find the marked trails from the previous reviews, got turned around and ended up coming down the wrong side of the mountain, which leads to a 45 min road ride back to the car.
Commentexcellent area to explore, try to keep an eye on which direction tour heading, I also found 4 different soccer fields, all have some trails leading away from them, found the most single track by staying to the left once your on the walking trails and then crossing the first soccer field, enter there. grueling uphill but the downhill singletrack was well worth the effort. I wasn't sure if you could park on the monestary ground so I parked in the church parking lot across the street. ( was a Monday, nobody there)
Posted By: canosoup
- Wed Apr 30 18:49:54 EDT 2003
UpsideHaven't yet ridden it... Will post once I have...
CommentThis may help some finding it: The monestary's address is 34224 Dewdney Trunk Mission, BC.
Posted By: cast37
- Thu Mar 06 12:53:50 EST 2003
Commentseems like a bit of a maze of trails not easy to get lost but does anyone have a map??? would love to know where the different trails are.