Australian Mountain Bike

PUMPED WEST OF COQUIHALLA

- Simon McLaine Words and photos:

Through gaps in the forest, we are greeted with views down to the lakes below. We make the final push over freshly renovated trail, and through the hot dry air. Lead through the endless metres of beautiful singletrac­k surrounded by low-lying ferns, we gradually descend down to the calm waters of the Kawkawa Lake.

Retiring our bikes for just a little while, we explore the water’s edge. Stumbling through patches of wild berries and countless overgrown paths, we climb through fallen trees to find the perfect swimming spot. Now enjoying the rays of the hot Canadian sun, we cool off in the shallow waters by the lake’s entrance. Listening to the sounds of the warm blue water splashing against the rocks, we are humbled by our time riding such a quiet and concealed trail.

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