Welcome to the lake! Christie Lake Conservation Area is a beautiful 336-hectare property along the Niagara Escarpment with peaceful meadows, pine forests, and old growth Carolinian forests. It offers around 10km of single-track trails for beginners and experts alike with a fast and flowy experience for everyone. In addition to the mountain bike trails, there are numerous double-track trails managed and maintained by the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

HBMBA began stewarding the existing single track mountain bike trails in 2017 and has continued the legacy of the Hamilton Cycling Club's efforts to create sanctioned trails for mountain bikers in the area.

Update May 8, 2024

Christie Lake Trail Maintenance Days for 2024

Join the Hamilton Burlington Mountain Biking Association for a fun morning of trail building and maintenance. No experience is required and all HBMBA members are welcome. Non-members may attend one trail build day but must become a member in order to attend additional build days due to the HBMBA's insurance and liability policy. If the weather is not suitable for building, you will receive an email prior to meeting. The build day leader will plan the activities for the day and will provide instruction for the use and safety of the tools. Please sign the form and waiver for each day you'd like to attend.

*** New for 2024: If you are an HBMBA member attending a dig day at Christie Lake, you may access the park for free on the Dig Day. At the front gate, show staff proof of HBMBA membership and your Dig Day Registration.

2024 Dig Days

Become a Christie Lake Trail Captain
Looking for a way to get involved? Trail captains are HBMBA members that regularly ride the Christie Lake trails and report on trail conditions. They also do basic trail repairs, if they are comfortable doing so. Sign up to be a trail captain and help keep the Christie Lake trails clean, safe, and fun!

Update November 2, 2021

Singletrack will remain one-way: Last year, the decision was made to temporarily change the trails from two-way trails to one direction to provide space for social distancing between riders during COVID-19. In addition, it proved to be a positive change for the safety of riders.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority also noted a positive change with interactions between mountain bikers and other trail users. After much discussion and deliberation, a decision has been made to make the change to one direction permanent. It was a difficult decision to make as we all greatly enjoyed the option to ride in both directions. We know that this will not be popular with everyone, but the safety of our members, our riders, and other visitors are far too important to be ignored.

New trail name: This past spring, we ran a trail naming contest. Open to members only, the goal was to rename Devil's Punchbowl, which caused confusion with some visitors to the conservation area because it shared the name with one of Hamilton's famous waterfalls.

The new name that will replace the Devil's Punchbowl trail is….Cut The Mustard. Congratulations to the winner, Fiona Coll. This new trail name is part of our new signage package that will be going up soon at Christie Lake. Stay tuned!

Multi-use Trails
Singletrack trails

Enjoy around 10km of singletrack mountain bike trails with easy, difficult, and hard trails.

Christie Lake on Trailforks.com