Porcupine Mountains - Swan Valley - Manitoba
Trail Map and Introduction to our trail system
Please click on the "trail map button" for a printable map of our trail system. We have a two sided map so both pages are here for you. Please take note of our map sponsors, and help support them for us. For trail conditions go to the Snoman link on that page, Click on the western region and scroll down to North Mountain Riders. They have the offical trail conditions and up dates for the provence of Manitoba.
The North Mountain Riders would like to introduce our trail system to you. Our trail system is predominantly in the Porcupine Mountains, north of Swan River. We have connector trails from every direction joining ours. You can come down from the north from The Pas MB , one of the main through routes. Go over to the west, to Hudson Bay, Norquay, and the Saskatchewan trails. You can ride over to route 66. South to Duck Mountains and beyond or east as far as Ontario if you wish. We have 453 kilometers of trail, 8 warm up shelters, all of which are equipped with a wood stove, fire wood and of course an out house. And remember...Manitoba and Saskatchewan recognize each others trail pass. We are right on the Saskatchewan border, ....so come on over! You can stay in a variety of motels in Swan River, hop on your sled and leave from the door to the trails.
For starters you can take the 25 km run up to the Porcupine Mountains; you get to go over a scenic CN rail bridge. Then you cross some open stretches on the rail bed. An easy quick run to get you loosened up for the day and ready to go. Once you get to the Porcupine Mountains you have lots of choices.
Our trail system has a very intricate pattern of loops so you can put as few or as many miles on in a day you want, and never travel the same trail to get back to your starting point. There are twisty curves through big old growth timber, pine sections, and trails through swampy open
spaces with little lakes full of powder begging you to come for a rip!
After you have done a few twisty trails, head for the Hart Mountain road and clean the carbon out and cruise......it's a wide, smooth, tree lined trail. Now that you have
had a little burst and are ready to settle down you may want to head for a warm up shelter for a pit stop.
Pete's warm up is beside Bubble Lake and extremely pretty spot to take a break.This is in memory of Pete Reimer a very avid snowmobiler that has passed away. It
was one of his favorite spots so we built a warm up shelter there; it is the newest of the 8 shelters.
On the other side of the trail system you have Faye's cabin, with a scenic view of the Valley towards Birch River, great place to take a break with a great view.
Maybe you would rather go up to the Olsen shelter, travel through the pines and over a bit of swampy section and the cabin is nestled in a grove of pines. Very cozy.
If you keep heading north on the trails there are two more warm up shelters, Fish Road and Hart Lake, pictured above is Hart Lake, the only cabin boasting wall to wall carpeting. If you continue on from Hart Lake one of the trails you could use goes to Bellsite. This is personally one of my favorites, extremely pretty, you travel along a creek for a while, through some big, old growth spruce timber, and there is a look out part way down that is a must to stop at.
Bellsite puts on a poker derby the last Sunday in February. The people are friendly, almost everyone goes home with a door prize, and the food is home made and super style, with desert! The only thing they do not have is a couch to lie down on after the meal!
Our riding season is a bit longer in the hills. There have been times when I have raked leaves in the yard and then we trailer the sleds to the hills and go sledding. If you go to the North Mountain Riders web page you will see a complete trail map and the places I have mentioned. These are just a few examples to give you an idea.
If you would like to talk to someone from our club there are contact names on the web page and we will be happy to be of assistance. Come, you will not be disappointed.
The North Mountain Riders would also like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, and the businesses' that have made donations, they are the ones that have helped to make this all possible for us to enjoy.
The CN Bridge
Hart Mountain road after snow
The view from Pete's warm up
Faye's warm up shelter
Olson warm up
Hart Lake warm up
Heading down to Bellsite
Bellsite Hall - Poker Derby