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Go for a spin around High Level’s Watt Mountain

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Motocross racers line up for a race

High Level’s motocross track is appropriate for riders of all skill levels. — Photo courtesy Chris MacLeod

Whether you like to do laps on a motocross track or spiral around scenic mountain passes, High Level has the variety you crave.

When you get into High Level, head to Watt Mountain. The main path you’ll embark on is the Watt Mountain Wanderers trail, an extensive trail network available for snowmobilers and ATVers alike. The trail is clearly marked and can be accessed by going west of High Level for five kilometres.

Watt Mountain’s main loop is the trail of choice for seasoned ATVers and newbies. The loop offers all kinds of terrain—hills to climb, open fields to play in and mud pits to tear up. These areas vary in difficulty, so if you reach an obstacle that you’re not comfortable navigating, just head back to the safety of the loop.

Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you scale Watt Mountain. Keen observers may spot wolves, bobcats, beavers, deer, moose and bison.

Playing in the dirt is what High Level’s trail system is all about. The town has plenty of old cutlines from logging roads to explore. “They’re pretty much endless up here,” said Chris MacLeod, president of the High Level Motocross Association. “You drive five minutes out of town and you can unload and go basically anywhere you want. Lots of them are wet and swampy, but when you’re on a quad or a side-by-side, that’s kind of the fun part.”

A couple of the areas you’ll want to venture through are the Hutch Lake area and the Machesis Lake provincial campground trail network. “Machesis Lake is along the Peace River,” said MacLeod. “It’s sandy and has fairly relaxed trails.”

 

The track

The High Level motocross track is a great place to take your bike for a rip. The track follows the lay of the land with tabletops resting on natural flat spots in the area’s geography.

The 1.2-kilometre track has a silty sand base and was designed for beginner riders. It’s a controlled environment for riders to practise and enjoy off-road riding. You’ll find it 12.5 kilometres south of High Level.

Whether you have a knack for dirt biking on a track or you prefer to slog through the bog, High Level has you covered . . . most likely in mud.


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