UPDATE: This trail will now been destroyed in favour of sprawl for Bayers Lake Business Park. Story here.
The “Whopper” trail gets its name from the fact it is behind Burger King in Bayers Lake. I, like most people, didn’t know this trail existed. There is a dirt road and parking area at the trail head, and is an un-assuming spot. The trail isn’t marked but is distinguished enough that it is hard to get lost.
Immediately you’ll notice the work that people have put in to make the trail into a top-notch mountain biking destination. There are many ramps designed as a mountain biking course. As a result, this trail is perhaps the best mountain biking trail in the city.
Since the trail is geared towards mountain biking, it may not be the best place for hiking, though I didn’t see any bikers on the Thursday that I visited. I actually would have liked to see a couple of bikers so I could watch them do some of the ramps, which definitely aren’t for everyone.
As far as hiking the trail; it is a good hike along large granite rock. The path leads into a power line area which has other trails attached. The Whopper trail itself is a loop, but you can venture north towards Susies Lake and Kearney Lake, or west towards Lakeside and the BLT and St. Margaret’s Bay trail system.
This trail is a must for experienced mountain bikers, and a decent starting point for a hike, with the option of continuing on to other areas. The trail takes about 2 hours to hike, but can easily turn into a full day of exploring.