Dave Dirk Wall Ride: Dave Sandsmark (L) and Dirk Hofer with Sandsmark’s model of the Pierce Hofer Memorial Wall Ride.

Dave Dirk Wall Ride: Dave Sandsmark (L) and Dirk Hofer with Sandsmark’s model of the Pierce Hofer Memorial Wall Ride.

Construction started on wall ride in Burns Lake

The Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association broke ground last week on a new trail feature.

The Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA) broke ground last week on a new trail feature.

Construction got underway Sunday (July 19) on the Pierce Hofer Memorial Wall Ride, a massive banked wooden half-oval named for a well-liked local athlete who lost his life in an automobile accident. Located on the west side of Boer Mountain Road across from the Kager Lake parking lot, the new feature be built from posts, beams, and planking, and form part of BLMBA’s Boer Mountain trail network.

Association members said Sunday the structure will be 80 feet in diameter when complete. Financial and in-kind support for the $100,000 project is being provided by BLBMA, the Rotary Club of Burns Lake, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Decker Lake Forest Products, and Tahtsa Timber.

Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association is a non-profit society. Since its inception in 2006, the club has constructed approximately 65 km of trail in the Boer Mountain area northeast of Burns Lake.

In 2013, Burns Lake was designated Canada’s first ever “Ride Center” by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). This prestigious designation recognizes large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer quality mountain biking experiences for riders of all skill levels.