The 2019 Trial to Ale is Officially OPEN

Spring has arrived in full force in Fernie and with that the mountain bike trails are ready. That means we are officially declaring the 2019 Trail to Ale Challenge OPEN!

Launched in the summer 2016, our Trail to Ale Challenge has fast become a Fernie staple. A fun mountain and beer filled adventure, to challenge many a local or visitor to Fernie. And while a tough day on the trails awaits, the views, glory, cold beer and medal is worth every stroke or step. Please read the full details and rules below on how to #trailtoalefernie... (PLEASE NOTE THE ROUTE IS BACK TO THE ORIGINAL TRAIL TO ALE CHALLENGE).


The Fernie Brewing Co. “Trail to Ale” Challenge, consists of bagging three peaks, on bike or foot, within a 24hr period. Open to bikers, runners or hikers, you have to get to the top of Hyperventilation, Project 9 & Swine Flu, in any order, within the 24hr time limit.

Of course you have to 'prove it' with timestamped selfies! Be sure to snap a shot when you start, then next to the 3 Trail to Ale on-trail signs, as well as at the Brewery upon finishing. Once the photographic evidence has been shared to the Tasting Room staff, you will be rewarded with a cold beer and a Trail to Ale handmade medal. The purchase of (more) salty nuts, is optional.


The challenge is open to anyone, at any time (trail conditions dependent) and challengers may start from wherever they wish. Smart planning of course would be to ensure that finish line glory coincides with the Brewery being open – to ensure the cold, crisp, craft-brewed reward can be enjoyed on the spot. Be sure to check FBC’s current opening hours before you start, to avoid a potentially very disappointing end to one of your best days on the Fernie trails!

2019 Peaks:

The 2019 Trail to Ale Challenge is now open, and back to our original route...

The three peaks you have to reach, in your order of choice, are:

Hyperventilation (Castle Rocks area)

Project 9 (Fernie Provincial Park area)

Swine Flu (Mt. Proctor area)

Total distance is between 40-55km, depending on chosen route, and over 1,200m climbing.

For full details, please visit our Trail to Ale page.