Fat Biking at Hiawatha Highlands

The Sault Cycling Club will be grooming single track fat bike trails on our home trails again this year. 🙌🏻

Grooming will be performed by cycling club volunteers using a Snowdog groomer. Fat bike trail conditions will be posted regularly here and the Hiawatha Highlands website

There are currently 9km of groomed single track trails available on the Crystal system with more on the way! The start of the single track trails can be accessed off the Hiawatha ski loop just past the start of the loop (enter on the Kinsmen Family Adventure Bike trail). Signage is now posted for fat biking on the Crystal Creek system and will soon be on the Mable Lake extension. These new signs are white with an orange border (see below). Download the trail map.


If you already have a Hiawatha ski pass it provides automatic access to the fat bike trail, however a bike-only pass may be purchased from Hiawatha Highlands.

$10.00 daily trail pass. 
$80.00 for season

Rules & Guidelines

1. Ensure Trails are Open
Check out our Grooming Report or the Trail Conditions, or call the Hiawatha Highlands office at (705) 256-7258.

2. Do NOT Ride if the Trails are Soft
Even if the trails are open, do not ride if you’re sinking in more than an inch. Use common sense: the goal is to not damage the trails.

3. Have a Valid Trail Pass
Fat bikers are required to have a valid trail pass. Purchase your pass in person at the Hiawatha Highlands Kincentre or online.

4. Fat Bikes Only (No Regular Mountain Bikes Allowed)
Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi to ensure enough flotation to not damage the trails and to provide adequate traction. Recommended psi will be posted with grooming reports.

5. Ride on the Firmest Part of the Skate Track, Never on The Classic Track
When riding on the ski trail, the goal is not to damage it. Do not ride if trails are soft and tires leave ruts. If you begin to sink, move to the farthest left of the trail.

6. Do Not Walk on the Ski Trail.
When crossing the ski trail, ensure to keep your momentum and continue to the next fat bike trail. Stopping will leave footprints which can ruin the classic and skate grooming for skiers. If you need to stop, do so on the farthest left of the trail.

7. Yield to Other Users
⚠️ Be especially careful at crossings.
Pay attention to skiers when on or crossing ski trails. Communicate and move to the left to allow skiers to pass through the middle of the skate lane. Please give skiers a wide berth to pass when required. 

8. Be a Good Trail Ambassador 
Stay polite and be courteous to all other users. Spread the word about fat biking!! Educate other riders, follow the rules (and intent of the rules) and discourage bad behaviour. Make it fun. Keep it safe.

9. Leave Your Dog at Home
🐾 As with snowshoeing and ski trails, dogs are not allowed on the Fat bike trails in the winter.

Thank you to the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club Executive & Hiawatha Highlands for partnering with us to make groomed fat bike trails happen this year.

We’d also like to thank the Kinsmen Club of SSM and the SSM Region Conservation Authority for allowing the continued use of their property. Without them, we wouldn’t have access to build, maintain and ride these amazing trails!!! 💟