BLACKSTRAP – A GEM IN THE PRAIRIES
Known to Saskatoon, Sask. mountain-bike enthusiasts, Blackstrap Provincial Park offers a variety of trails for riders of all ages. For 10 years, the Park has been working with the Northern Bush Rasta Mountain Bike and Bruce Cycle Works cycling clubs to maintain existing trails using International Mountain Bicycling Association standards. The result is a network of trails that are well groomed and easy to navigate.
The foundation of this mountain-bike trail system is the cross-country ski trails that were created for the Jeux Canada Games in 1970. The route starts at the Trailhead Stadium and feeds you into “Fox Den.”
Riders looking for a less technical option can remain on the grassy trails, while those looking for more action can pop in and out of the singletrack trails such as “Twister,” “Turkish Delight” and “Deer Leg Down.” “Where’s Granny” reminds even the fittest of riders that athletic ability has its limits.
“Sunday Morning” has some challenging switchbacks mixed with open sections for recovery, and don’t forget to save some energy for the “Toll Booth” trail, where riders are rewarded with some great downhill riding after they expend their initial energy on the opening climbs.
These are just a few examples of the many trails available to riders, and cyclists can choose one, two or all of the singletrack trails as they make their way through the network.
The Park recently added a pathway connecting the Kevin Misfeldt Campground to the marina, offering families the opportunity to ride to the main beach, bypassing the very steep Park-roadway hills.
This path is both scenic and friendly to a variety of skill levels. When you add this to the trail system that connects the Hazelnut Campground to the main beach and the old Park road that leads you to the south gate of the Park, you have a solid trail network for those wanting less singletrack and elevation.
If you haven’t yet explored Blackstrap Provincial Park, put it on your list. Once you visit, you’ll find many reasons to keep coming back.
Blackstrap Provincial Park offers a solid network of trails for riders of all ages that are well groomed and easy to navigate.