The Coutlee Plateau area has many trails and loops for cross-country riding, varying in length and difficulty level. For novices, there’s the Cow Trail, as an out and back, with limited dismounts, and no drop-offs. More advanced bikers will enjoy the longer loops, e.g. 1.) Cow Trail – JP Cool – Sanchez or 2.) The Notch – JP Cool – Bent Tree. They are all in the trailpeak-database, just browse by “trail name” in the appropriate search field, or select “closest city”.
In Merritt, at the junction Voght St. and Nicola Ave. (use the 7-eleven as a landmark), go south on Voght St , cross the bridge over Coldwater River. Turn left onto Mid Day Valley Road, which will turn into gravel at some point. You’ll pass two cattle guards, and about 300m after the second one, you’ll come to the meadows, where you park. There are trails going in several directions. You are there.
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