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    Riding in BC

    Looking for some advice on easier trails in the Whistler/Squamish/Sooke areas..

    What are some good and easy trails to hit on the way there and once we get there? Flat and moderate climbing are good.. jumps, planks, skinnies, and drops not so much. Singletrack is definitely ok.

    I've been reading about Squamish so we'll definitely look into that. I saw rockyuphill mention the Test of Metal but I'm not sure wifey'll be up for that.

    She doesn't have a lot of xc/trail experience - she rides on asphalt but haven't tried riding on dirt, and I have no "bike park" experience.. goal is to have fun, not kill ourselves... I haven't ridden on planks or gone off big jumps, and I'm not sure I want to yet..

    We'll be bringing our own bikes (My Endorphin, her Superlight) as well.. what gear/clothing would you recommend? We don't have closed face helmets and no body armor.. What tires would you recommend?

    Any other thoughts, advice, where to stay, etc. are most welcome! Places that let us bring our bikes up to the rooms are good too.. we'd like to come back with the bikes!

    Thanks!

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    Squamish has easier XC trails but you're hard pressed to find really flat trails in the coastal mountains. The area around Alice Lake in Squamish has the Bob Mcintosh trail that leads up to Rock and Roll bypass which is a good climb up to the Rob's & Cliff's corners, both of which are fun dirt single track and worth that climb, then you can ride back down the BC Hydro road and get back to the Alice Lake parking lot and ride out and back on Jack's trail which has some elevation change but none of it too steep and not at all technical, it's fun both ways.

    Bob McIntosh Trail video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWehdW4ShuA

    Rob's Corners video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgu2dVEGeco

    Cliff's Corners video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSLZMr-IIQQ

    Jack's Trail video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWmz932cVTc

    In Whistler check out the Lost Lake trail network, a wide variety of trails.

    http://www.whistler4kids.com/whistler/parks-and-trails/
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    Yeah don't kill wifey.

    Squamish - Jacks trail as an out and back but that will be tougher end of the scale for the wife. Try stuff like the Dike trail. Perhaps some of the stuff in the Cheekye Fan if it dries out. Visit Squamish bike shops for that info and buy a map.

    Whistler - Lost Lake Trails. But start her off with Cheakamus Lake trails. Get her to ride up the road on the east side of the river then duck into singletrack and ride down the east side of river singletrack which trends downhill. Repeat with the west side trails. Again visit the bike shops and buy the guidebook for there.

    Can't help you with Sooke. Don't know any of the easier trail;s
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    Thanks guys.. really good info there. Most important she comes back in one piece, thanks LeeL! Are the trails' starts well marked?

    What tires would be sufficient for this time of the year? She's got Nevegals and I've got Maxxas Minions.

    Are there any other places you'd recommend? I was reading about Ledgeview as well.. maybe we'll make a stop there as well.

    Is there any good trail networks on the North end of Vancouver Island, say by Tofino?

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    Trails around Squamish and Whistler are well marked and maps are available. If you stop into the bike shops in Squamish you can get a trail map with lots of detailed info and there's a trail pass available for $15 to help pay for the trail development and upkeep by SORCA.

    There's a bunch of trails in the Cumberland, Comox, Nanaimo and Parksville areas on the east side of the Island, the terrain is pretty gnarly on the west side of the island.

    http://www.cvmtb.com/

    http://vimb.com/?page_id=122

    On the south end around Victoria there's Hartland/Mount Work area with a wide range of trails.
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