Hartland

Hartland is the most easily accessible and popular riding area in Victoria. Whether you are looking for a quick after-work ride or a three-hour adventure, you can find it at Hartland. The technical singletrack trails that wind between Douglas fir, cedar and arbutus trees on the slopes of Mt. Work provide classic west-coat mountain biking and if you don’t mind getting wet, you can ride there year-round.

The parking lot lies at the end of Hartland Avenue. Look for it on the right just before the gate to the landfill. Search Google Maps for “hartland dump” and you will be all set. The parking lot has washrooms, bulletin boards and a bike wash station. The trailhead is across the road from the parking lot and just past it under the hydro lines is the technical training area (TTA) where you can hone your skills on skinnies, teeter totters and drops. Plans are in place to replace the TTA with new structures and a pumptrack in 2012.

Trails are rated green (mainly doubletrack suitable for beginners), blue (intermediate), or black (advanced). The Hartland map, available at local bike shops, provides suggested routes to get you started. Beginners will have a tough time at Hartland unless guided by someone who knows the trails well. You might be interested in a SIMBS introductory ride if you are new to the area, and also body armour!

You will see all kinds of mountain bikes at Hartland but most riders are 5-6” full suspension bikes. Trails are typical west coast cross country, so expect rolling, rooty, rocky trails with some short tough climbs. The downhill-only Torpedo Run trail is the exception with tabletops, berms and hips.

TRAIL MAPS

The latest map of the Hartland mountain bike trails, available in local bike shops, is printed on waterproof and tear-proof paper so you won’t have a soggy wet ball of paper to decipher. It shows all the trails, level of difficulty, rock features and bridges, and also includes suggested rides for beginners, intermediates and experts. Funds from map sales help to pay for insurance and lunch for trail maintenance volunteers so maps are not available on-line.

GETTING THERE

FROM DOWNTOWN VICTORIA:

Go NORTH on Blanshard St. which will turn into the Pat Bay Highway(17). Take the Royal Oak Exit. TURN LEFT at the traffic light onto Royal Oak drive. TURN RIGHT onto West Saanich Road. Turn LEFT onto Hartland Road. Go to the end. Just before the entrance to the Landfill, the Parking Lot is on the RIGHT, and the entrance is signed well on the LEFT. Ride on!

FROM SWARTZ BAY:

Travel SOUTH on the Pat Bay Highway (17). Take the Royal Oak Exit. Turn RIGHT onto Royal Oak Drive. TURN RIGHT onto West Saanich Road. Turn LEFT onto Hartland Road. Go to the end. Just before the entrance to the Landfill, the Parking Lot is on the RIGHT, and the entrance is signed well on the LEFT. Ride on!

FROM DUNCAN:

Travel SOUTH on Highway One (Island Highway). Turn LEFT at the  McKenzie Street Exit. Follow signs to Highway 17 NORTH (it says Ferries). Take the Royal Oak Exit. TURN LEFT at the traffic light onto Royal Oak drive. TURN RIGHT onto West Saanich Road. Turn LEFT onto Hartland Road. Go to the end. Just before the entrance to the Landfill, the Parking Lot is on the RIGHT, and the entrance is signed well on the LEFT. Ride on!

TRAIL MAINTENANCE

SIMBS is permitted to maintain and build trails at Hartland by Capital Region District (CRD) Parks. Trail maintenance is held on the third Sunday of each month from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the tent in the Hartland parking lot. SIMBS provides the tools, gloves and training. Dress appropriately for work outdoors. Bring water and a snack. You can bring your own tools if you like. You don’t have to be a SIMBS member to participate but you do have to sign a waiver. Kids are welcome if they are old enough to help and you can take care of them.

Afterwards many volunteers go for a ride so bring your bike – we have secure storage.

To receive a monthly reminder email, please send a note to trails@simbs.com to get on the list.  If you reply to the trail maintenance email by 9:00 a.m. the Friday before the trail day, SIMBS will provide lunch. If you can’t reply in time, you are welcome to come out – just bring your own lunch.

If you have any other questions please send a note to trails@simbs.com