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.  The parking lot has washrooms, bulletin boards and a bike wash station. The trailhead is across the road from the parking lot. Not far down from the entrance, under the hydro lines, is the new CRD-built technical training area (TTA), where you can hone your skills on the pump track, wall rides, skinnies, teeter totters and drops.

Trails are rated in accordance with the IMBA Trail Ratings system:

  • Green: Easy (mainly doubletrack, suitable for beginners)
  • Blue: More Difficult (intermediate level single track)
  • Black: Very Difficult (advanced trails for experienced riders)
  • Double-black: Extremely Difficult (advanced trails with technical features for advanced riders)
  • Double-orange: Proline: (extremely difficult trail for expert riders only. There is only one proline trail at Hartland)

The Hartland trail 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 riding 5″-6” full suspension bikes. Trails are typical west coast all-mountain trails, so expect rolling, rooty, rocky trails with some short tough climbs. The faster, more flowy trails include Sofa King, Snakes and Ladders, Who’s Your Daddy, and the downhill-only Torpedo Run trails, which include tabletops, berms and hips.

The latest trails status can be seen here.

TRAIL MAPS

SIMBS manages the sanction trails at Hartland on Trailforks.com, and recommends using the trailforks app to plan your ride.

Hartland Mountain Bike Park mountain biking trails

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 trail maintenance.

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! Google Map

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! Google Map

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! Google Map

TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Trail maintenance is usually held on the third Sunday of every month,
from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Meet at the SIMBS tent in the Hartland parking lot.  We provide mentoring, work gloves, tools and lunch.  Bring your bike (we can lock it in the shed) and join others for a ride afterwards.

To get on the monthly reminder list, send an email to: simbstrailcrew+subscribe@googlegroups.com

If you have any questions, please email: trails@simbs.com