“A downhill trail with a steep and tight upper section and a fast and flowy lower section.”
— Paul Lindfield
Billy Dog can be ridden on any mountain bike, but would be best enjoyed on a long travel all mountain machine or a shorter travel downhill bike. There are no chronically wet areas on the trail so it can be enjoyed all season long but be sure to check the water level in Canyon Creek early in the season as it makes for a chilly ride out if its running high!
To access, drive or pedal to the crest of the hill just after the 4km mark on the Moose Mountain road. If driving, it will be safest to park on the branch road around the 4km mark as there is no decent pullout for vehicles at the crest of the hill. Be conscious to not block access to the Shell lease and of your hot exhaust in the deep grass! Once you crest the hill, continue another 50-75 meters further up the road and watch for the trailhead on your left. Billy Dog ends at the Canyon Creek road, where you turn left towards the Ings mine parking lot to complete your loop or meet up with your vehicle.
The trail starts off on a steep pitch where a healthy dose of benching and berms will keep you in line and on track as a warm up for the steep, tight, and narrow portion thats to come. TTFs are not part of the first half of this trail and any man-made features come in the form of short bridges and benching to help sustain the line. Brake levers bent and shoulders bruised youll pop out into an opening that will give you a nice mountain view to enjoy while you bandage your knuckles from the abuse theyve taken from those trees that just seem to pop out from nowhere.
At this point the trail starts to ease into a more open and faster part of the forest. A few more somewhat tight turns through the forest and youll be able to open the throttle and catch some sweet air out of the trees and into the light of the cutline. Back into the trees the steeps are over and youll be able to step on the gas for a dozen or more TTFs in the ending part of the trail. One more pitch requires respect as it is steep and a fall over the berm here will put you much too far away from your bike than you would like. One more switchback, a few more TTFs, twists and turns, and youre done. Cross Canyon Creek, hit the road and turn left!