Best Squamish Trails?
I'm heading up to shoot an event in Squamish weekend after next Britannia Classic
and will have some down time for riding. All I've ridden there so far is Half and Full Nelson, Angry Midget (awesome name and trail) and a couple of the trails that come off of Half Nelson. Anyone have a must do list?
Thanks in advance
Best Squamish Trails?
Buy the trail map app and just go explore. It's hard to go wrong there.
Everything above the university is good, and the bluffs can be neat.
True, there is so much riding there, hard to go wrong!
My favorite riding is all around alice lake. Credit line, value added, icy hole of death, crouching tiger / hidden squirrel etc. These trails are all earn-your-vert, so they're generally in better shape than the shuttle trails by the university.
Stop in at tantalous and get a map & recommendations!
Downloaded the iPhone GPS enabled bike map for Squamish, VERY cool but I think I'll back it up with paper.
Looking at the official trail names that are listed on the map (and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism sites) make the trail naming around here pretty damn PC.
Squamish trail names that are fit to print:
One Mans Garbage
Icy Hole of Death
The Hole Connector
P-Nuts Wild Ride
Spencers Big Gay Ride
Mtn of Phlegm
Meet Your Maker
Face of Dick
I'll second the Alice Lake area. Park at Republic Cycles, buy a paper map from them, and then pedal up Jack's trail and then take a bunch of the trails FM mentioned back down. It's good, challenging stuff with lots of tech and rock faces. Very different than Half Nelson.
Another vote for the Alice Lake area. Lots of super fun gnarl, rocky chutes and boulders. Entrails was one of my favs. The one flow-trail we did land on in that area was Roller Coaster... a very fun and relaxing way to end after hours of gnarl.
A few pics on Entrails:
You'll find awesome challenge and gnarl, but you won't find the continuous up&down "tight corners, off camber turns, angled root systems, quick elevation changes, and water hazards" like Tolt, Sawyer, BlkDiam, Worm, GS, etc. There is some of that, but it's only along the path to get to the good stuff! Mostly quick tough shorter climbs followed by maximized downs and "more down than up" XC. So you will most def get the "sketchy drops and butt pucker descents".
Much preferred Alice Lake trails over the Half/Full Nelson area. Although I haven't ridden the trails higher up above HN and FN.
Alice Lake will be the first place I hit then. Thanks all.
If you do wind up in the Half-Nelson area do "Word of Mouth". I think that it's one of the best in that zone.
Fred. I wanna call it Fred's trail but as I remember the sign just said Fred. Techie trail ups and downs.
These trails are awesome, if you're looking for a challenge; 19th hole, Grin and Holler. Intermediate: Pseudo Tsuga, Nelson and anything else in that area.
Squamish DH/FR Video
It's looking like I'm going to be going up there on the weekend of April 1/2 with a bunch of climbers and my pregnant wife. Weather dependent. I'll probably be riding solo, considering the crowd, so if anyone is heading up I'd love to jump in with you or your group.
I've never ridden in the Alice Lake area, so I'm excited to do some riding there. I'd also be into checking out some of the Whistler x/c stuff; Comfortably Numb or even some of the stuff closer into town.
Let me know!
Thanks for the ride advice everyone. I only had time for two rides so this is what I got-
Rode @ Alice Lake:
Entrails - Lives up to it's name
Credit Line - Wicked tech climbs
Value added (I think) It blended with Entrails...
Gouranga - More big tech
Icy Hole of Death - Yes!
Trestle - Pretty lost and tired by then and ended up descending a unmarked double diamond waterfall trail dumping out into a golf course.
Really Stupid 1000' Road Climb - through town and back up to car parked on Perth.
Rode above Quest University:
Climb Trail - Beautiful one way groomed single track to the top for uphill traffic only
Full Nelsen - Uber Flow
Cake Walk - long techy with some big rock and lots of bridges
Another Road Side Attraction - Short with some double diamond rock features
Alice lake lived up to it's reputation for incredible tech trails. If I had more time I would roll another loop through Alice Lake and try out Rigs in Zen and Plural of Nemesis. I'd also shuttle to 19th Hole above Quest and ride Hoods in the Woods into town which is supposed to be a 2 plus hour ride. Perfect place for 3 days of mind blowing antiflow, any more and I'd need a week to recover :-)
Awesome Wipp- you hit some great trail!
I wonder if you went up credit line? I recalled it being a really fun descent.
Wipp, have you ever hit Comfortably Numb in the Whistler Valley? (or "Uncomfortable Bum" as the locals call it). Might be up your alley if you want pedaling gnarl for 4+ hours. Never-ending gnarly rooty rocky up&down with some beautiful slick slab chutes and gnarly chutes. Used to be my absolute #1 for that style.
What Westra said! Althought for me these days, I'd prefer to climb up NIMBY and Middle Earth in Pemby than doing Comfortably Numb. At least you get a real descending payoff from that climb.
I'm up in Whistler for the 1st week of July and Comfortably Numb is what I plan to ride first. I've ridden a River Runs Through It and Lost Lake but injury and time contraints have kept me from really exploring Whistler. It's good to be healed up!
This Saturday I'm doing the Shuttle Day @ Cold Creek - Anyone else?
Originally Posted by mwestra2
Consider doing a big westside (rainbow/sproat) day, or combine kill me thrill me with young lust, before doing comfortably numb.
Originally Posted by wipp
Yup! you got the name right! I built Fred as a connector trail to access Word of Mouth. Built it with my 4 year old son. I had names in mind such as g-string, cougar bait, gato diablo, and dim-wit (play off of power-smart). Alas, when having dinner with my son I told him all trails needed a name. He said lets call it Fred! After a winter of me trying to argue my case, he got sick with a fever, I built him a sign to cheer him up. I still think it is the worse name ever! There was no Fred involved in the construction of the trail so no apostrophe s needed.
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