Falcon Trails Resort, attached to Falcon Ridge Ski (“Avalanche free since 1959.”), is a hidden gem at the end of the road on the south side of Falcon Lake. This past winter, myself and Colleen stayed at the resort, and it was awesome! The accommodations and cross-country ski trails were wonderful, so I was excited to get back on the trails again, this time on foot.
Driving to the trailhead took about an hour-and-a-half from the east Perimeter on Highway 1. To get to Falcon Trails Resort, go through the town of Falcon Lake, and follow the signs.
Unless the chalet is open, there aren’t a lot for amenities at the trailhead. One year, there was a restaurant open throughout the summer. Currently, I’m not sure if anything is planned? So bring water, and go to the bathroom before arriving. There are outhouses along Ridge Road.
There are a lot of options for trails in this area. From great single track, to XC ski paths, to the Trans Canada Trail, you are able to link together a lot of distance. Someone has done a lot of work to highlight these trails on “Trail Fork”, and the information there is excellent.
April 11, 2017
Trails are now nearly completely clear of snow. There are just a few minor sections with snow/ice, but otherwise the Five of Diamonds route is very runnable and a lot of fun. Great training for technical single track.
April 4, 2017
I largely stayed on the “Five of Diamonds” route. It’s mostly single track, technical, rocks, roots, and piles of fun. It’s a bit early in the season, so a lot of the early sections, particularly those that were shaded from trees, or north-facing, still had a lot of snow and ice. I’d say that it will be another 2 weeks before things are completely clear. The latter part of the route, which was higher up, was mostly clear and really fun. It’s very well signed, but you still have to pay attention. There has also been some excellent trail work done in the area (see below).
I know on some websites, this route is referenced to as a mountain bike route. I’m not sure, but I’m hoping it’s multi-use? Regardless, be aware of mountain bikers, share the trail, move to the side, encourage anyone you meet.
Items of Note
- The Canada 150 Ultramarathon hosted by Trail Run Manitoba will be taking place in July and finishes at Falcon Trails Resort. It’s going to be an epic, challenging race through the Whiteshell. There is still time to sign up to race, and volunteers are always needed too.
- For something a little less insane, but still quite epic, the Falcon Fat Ass will be taking place again this year. This will be the second year that Dale Nesbitt will be hosting this race, and it’s a lot of fun. “No fees, no awards, no aid, no wimps.”
- You’ll be in a Provincial Park, so remember that pass. FYI – The current pass expires at the end of April, and then you’ll need a new one. Get an annual pass, you’ll be glad you did.
- There are a lot of restaurants, diners and gas stations between Winnipeg and Falcon Lake. Most businesses in Falcon aren’t open at the moment, so keep that in mind.
- When in season, the blueberries in this area are phenomenal!
Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup (Serves 4)
1 Large Sweet Potato
1/2 Large Onion, Diced
2 Carrots, Diced
1 Large Clove Garlic
1 L Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1 c. Quinoa
Instructions (I never really follow the recipe, so these are more suggestions, feel free to do what you want to make this dish awesome.)
1. Peel and cut vegetables and in a heavy-bottom stock pot sautée until softish and/or some caramelization occurs.
2. Add the stock and quinoa and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until vegetables and quinoa are completely tender and cooked. You could also use pre-cooked quinoa.
3. With a hand blender, mix until pureed. Adjust seasoning, add more stock if necessary.