The double diamond circuit is the place where the seasoned mountain bikers go at the Hinton Bike Park.
I was eager to visit the bike park because my home community doesn’t have one yet. I was blown away with the infrastructure and amenities. Langford says the park was the first of its kind in Alberta and one of the largest in Canada. The park was started in 2008, just one year after the Hinton Bike Association was formed. I was floored not realizing that Hinton had been so far ahead of the curve in developing mountain biking in the region.
The bike park now covers 37 acres of riding trails with four key fun riding skill development zones. They are the Skills Park, Dirt Jumps, Drop Zone and Pump Track, all of which then connect into the Happy Creek Trail System.
The Bike Hinton website sums up the park perfectly: “To build an outstanding mountain bike skills park that is fun, safe, free of charge, and accessible for all abilities and ages, thereby facilitating the promotion of skills development, active lifestyles and mountain culture.” Riding with Langford and Miles here I had so much fun that I almost forgot that the trails extend with endless riding opportunities beyond the park.