Vedder is located on the shores of Cultus Lake in Chilliwack, within the Fraser Valley and about an hour east of Vancouver. The surrounding Coast Mountains provide contrast to the lush farmer’s fields in the valley bottom. The Fraser Valley is home to several riding areas with Vedder being the most prominent.
The rain forest here is thick, dense and is a healthy mix between foreboding and inviting. Once in the woods however, the trail network is extremely varied with something for everyone. The trails are framed with beautiful big trees and surrounded by huge green Sword ferns.
"Riding Vedder with Kevin had me on my toes all day and had me laughing to myself about just how much loam kept flying up with each turn of the bike. Dirt showers were staple for the day! Conditions could not have been any better"
Advanced riders have some incredible black and double black diamond trails to explore, but where Vedder really shines is the sheer number of blue trails. The Blue trails here are inviting for the intermediate riders and provide the advanced guys the opportunity to really ‘open it up’. There is a healthy mix of bermed corners, fun jumps, drops and some ladder bridges to keep you on your toes.
The trail we chose to focus on for this edit is the loam fest called Black Hawk Down, built by Ali Chappel. Ali knows how ride, you can tell from his trail work. Corners in all the right places, perfect pitch, lips everywhere and great sightlines. I have never ridden with Ali but I doubt I could keep up…