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in the Sea to Sky Corridor : Squamish, BC, Canada.
TRAIL UPDATES :: send us your trail report
The Sea to Sky Corridor is undergoing a whole lot of construction,
development and harvesting. Watch this page for the latest news
on lost trails, new trails, trail changes, closed roads and detours.
Don't Get Stuck!
The SORCA website has an excellent 'Trail Updates' section
where riders post trail comments after a ride. You can get the
latest goods on snow, logging, closures and more.
As of JUNE 18: Diamond Head Land Company has
announced that there will be active falling, yarding and clearing
on DL515 on Plateau Drive starting on Monday June 18, until further
notice. This will affect Seven Stitches, Summer’s
Eve and the access to the FM Tower area off that trail.
The proponent will endeavour to open the trails as soon as possible,
however, due to safety concerns, the trails will be closed when
there is active working. For your safety, please obey all trail
closed signs and flag people.
Trail Pass. An initiative by SORCA to help put money
directly back into our trails. The SORCA Trail Pass is an attempt
to generate some grass-roots funding so we can hire local trail
builders to maintain and build trails. The SORCA 2011 Trail Pass
is $15. ALL the funds will go into trail work. For more information,
please visit the 2012
Trail Pass page. Click Here
Yes folks, the time has come for Twitter and Trails to meet - you're carrying and iPhone (of course) and want to tweet some kind of trail alert - do it! Send us your Twitter address so other riders can follow youl. We'll list them here for now:
There's no better way to get to know the Squamish trails than
to follow one of our mtb race courses.
The classic, Test of Metal, is about a 5-6 hour
recreational ride but can be done in two parts - first half is
about 2.5 hours, second half give yourself 3-4 hours. Click
here for a map
The GearJammer will cover some of the Test trails
(Plunge and Crumpit Woods) but takes you through many different
areas as well (Powersmart, Recycle, 7 Stitches). First half can
end on Garibaldi Park Road (bottom of Flat Alley) an easy out
or Second half can start in the same place - there's a convenient
parking lot at that spot. Click
here for a map
For those days when you only have an hour or so to ride, you
can try the Ore Crusher course. The Ore Crusher is
a lap race, each lap being approximately 6-7 kilometers long.
Personally, I love this course for evening trail runs. The entire
race is held in the Cheekeye Fan (known to locals as the Dump
here for map
JABR is the 'new kid' - it comprises many trails
from Test and from gearJammer and it adds its own into the mix
- Half Nelson, Word of Mouth, Credit Line. JABR circles through
some of the same areas more than once so can easily be adapted
for a shorter ride. Click
here for map.
Temporary Trail Closures
none at this time
Permanently Closed Trails
Blow Out Your Candles - Permanently closed to
avoid conflict with BC
Parks (over two thirds of the trail was in Garibaldi Provincial
Grin 'n Holler (lower) - from Skookum is open
Plastic Shiesser - Use new entrance: Galactic
Refreshed and swoopy - the newly upgraded Made in the
Shade might put Ed's Bypass out of business for a while.
Do give it a try!
Four Lakes North - Oh, and while we're on the
subject of Trails above Alice Lake, am I the only one who thinks
the little piece of the 4 Lakes Trail that connects Jacks Trail
to Tracks from Hell should be open to bikes year round? Cause
if there are more of you out there, maybe we could set up a petition
and lobby the Parks Board for that little connector trail. firstname.lastname@example.org
Trail Updates from SORCA
Wonderland - Dream Wizards Events will be working
on the lower 2/3rd of Wonderland every Saturday (ongoing). Volunteers
are much appreciated and always welcome... come lend a hand on
one of the best beginner trails in the valley!
Half Nelson pump track is now open.
As of April 24, the new $50,000 downhill trail, which empties
out at the FSR junction on Garibaldi Park Road just above the
exit from Cam and Phil's, is officially open. Click Image at left
for enlargement. Trailhead is above Pseudotsuga by Recycle.
Photo Credit: k. servinski
From Bike Squamish, the facebook page by Dwayne Kress.
The first BC Government funded trail in Squamish was
officially opened last Sunday and was attended by our MLA: Hon.
Joan McIntyre for a bicycle tire tube-cutting ceremony to mark
the opening of the trail. At the entrance of the 3.4 kilometre
downhill trail is a beautiful new $7,000 shelter paid for by MOTCA
(Ministry of Tourism Culture and Arts). Enjoy the trail if you
have not ridden it already and make an effort to come to Squamish
if you have not ridden it yet. You will also notice, while ridding
through the Squamish Trail-Network, that there is a bunch of new
trail signage. Read
Wonderland Fabulous - after a rumoured $5,000
investment from SORCA on the Wonderland Trail, mountainbikers
are very happy with the results. Lots of low bridging reminds
me of the original Don't Tell Jude - if you are looking for an
opportunity to practice your wood-riding, Wonderland is the place
to go. Especially on a nice cold day when all the mud is frozen!
SORCA has posted their Trail Days schedule.
Spend time in the woods and give back to your trail system. Goto:
From SDBA: Hello, as most of you are aware, the SDBA
has received permission to develop new & upgrade
existing trails, in the "Lava Flow"
area (Ring Creek Rip and "Hood in
the Woods" and vicinity), utilizing funds from
BCORMA & the NTC. Crews are currently onsite, and will
continue to be throughout the winter if weather conditions permit.
Access for these crews is being utilized from the Diamond Head
Road, via the "Darwin's Crossing". Please be advised
to watch for crews working and travelling by motorcycle
throughout this area. Please circulate this information, along
with suggestions to avoid the area for the next 5 months if possible,
thank you, Ed Alder, SDBA.
Cool YouTube video of Sea to Sky Trail
Plastic Sheisse (shy-sa)
Hello Readers. I've recently been advised to not print trailhead
location of the new trails and I would like to apologize for this
breach of trail etiquette. Here's a great letter from Wes that
Hi Jude, I just read your post regarding Plastic Sheiser and
I will have to ask you to please remove the detailed directions
to the trail. Being that the trail is built for all levels of
riders and is really fun, it is expected to get a high amount
of traffic. But to post directions to the trail will only increase
traffic beyond what the volunteer work force can handle, and if
the trail deteriorates too quickly, the experience new riders
will have on it will eventually be negative.
Thanks for trying to hype up mountain biking in Squamish, it
is rad here, but please exercise better trail etiquette by removing
the access directions to thus new trail. Perhaps in the future
it will be on a map, but for now please leave it for people to
get a word of mouth description rather than blow the gates wide
open for the throngs. With some mystique surrounding the location,
it will surely attract more people to Squamish to ride other similar
trails, and hopefully thus one won't get too badly wrecked.
Please note: In future all trails discussed on this page
will be 1) found on a map or 2) discussed without details of trailhead.
Alice keeps building on her network
The trail crew from Wonderland have continued to build on their
Cat Lake to Depot Road loop. I've shamelessly snagged screen shots
from the District of Squamish's Adopt
a Trail website and sketched in the new additions and changes.
For the main Cheshire Cat trail, you can now access it directly
from the Cat lake Road, with no need to ride up and through the
parking lot. (see yellow circle on Cheshire Cat map). Once you
exit onto Hwy 99, you can ride down the road on the same side
and watch on your left for entry into Cheshire Kittens 1 and 2.
Once familiar with these little trails, you might want to ride
them on the way up as well.
Again you'll exit on the hwy and cross a bridge. Ride the road
to the end of the concrete divider, then do a 180 and follow a
little trail that veers right just under the bridge. There's an
arrow in place to guide you. This is the 'new' White Rabbit -
probably not as long as my sketch on the map, but I don't own
a GPS. It's a great little trail, green circle, fun for beginners,
kids, and super as a connector to between Cheshire Cat and Wonderland.
News from the Test of Metal Trail Crew :May
28, 2009 - We cleared the Rip of all the blow-down and danger
trees today. Also, the new re-route of The Fartherside is complete,
and adds ~200m of singletrack to the trail. And The Corners /
Ray's Cafe / Rollercoaster ride is in excellent shape but note
information about the Mashiter Bridge (see below).
Mashiter Bridge Open - As of Three o’clock
today (May 31) the Mashiter Creek Pipeline bridge has been completely
rebuilt and is OPEN. I would like to thank Peter Mortensen of
Rona and Katy, Ken, Dave and Cliff for all of your time effort
to this vital community linkage. Thanks again and enjoy.
Todd Pope Trails Coordinator District of Squamish
Hoods in the Woods - I love this trail! Closest
I've found in Squamish to a ride down Whistler Mtn. Bad news is,
it's hell to get there. Ride the Powerhouse Plunge until you get
to the logging road that intersects. Then turn RIGHT. Follow the
obvious single track through rock and more rock - you'll be riding
about 15-20 minutes so don't give up (and don't leave it too late
in the evening). The new trail starts at the end of this, and
although there's a bit of Credit Line type of climbing at the
top part, most will be down down down. At the bottom you can turn
left and head into Valleycliffe, or turn right a short way and
find Poop Chute which takes you down to Carpenter Son's Bridge.
Word of Mouth - At last week's SORCA toonie
riders were treated to a tour of the new Word of Mouth trail.
To reach the trailhead, from Quest University ride up the Garibaldi
Park Road, turn left where you would turn to go up to the SORCA
shack, but take the first left after that. Now ride for approximately
4k on that road (similar terrain to 9-mile hill). immediately
to the left of the 4K marker you'll find the entrance. Its a rolling
loamy trail with some steeps and a few bridges - one of note is
about 6 feet high, two feet across, and features a rolling dip.
Approximate recreational riding time from Quest University 1.5
hours. Level: blue square to black diamond. You'll eventually
come to the top of a rock bluff and onto a dirto road which loops
back to Quest University starting point.
TRAIL REPORT MARCH 29 :: OK now this is a big
PSSST. Have you visited Another Roadside Attraction lately? You're
in for a big surprise and a real treat. If you visit on Wednesday
or Sunday, you'll also meet Ted, the tireless worker (and 2008
SORCA Golden Hoe recipient) and builder. Ted and team have created
a pump track right off ARA. He calls it Another Another
Roadside Attraction. Get up there - and be amazed. One
word of caution for the pump track - no knobby tires. We were
also advised that Another Man's Gold is being brought back to
life by a crew (sorry, can't remember who, wasn't carrying my
clip board at the time but was actually on my bike!!!) who are
making it nice a flowy.
Connector Trail Between the Squirrel and Eagle Run
- the highway now has a large cement divider. Still ok for bikes,
but will be difficult for trailers. District of Squamish promises
an overpass in March. Send an email to Bryan
Raiser District of Squamish council member and mountain bike
advocate if you want to know why that overpass has not begun.
Today, saw crowds of people crossing, hauling their bikes over
that cement thing.
Trail Erosion Alert
The www.canadiancyclist.com is the source for an
article of interest on early season mountain biking and trail
erosion. It is similar to what is happening in Squamish with the
frozen trails' sub-layer and thawed top layer. This condition
speeds up the trail damage being done by early season riding.
Click here for more
GEORGES CROSSING - Hooray - the bridge joining
Skookum with the Pseudo Ptsuda and Recycle trails has been replaced
by an awesome official bridge. Acknowledged that this would not
have happen without the generous support from the following organizations
BC Bike Race
Pacific West Building Supplies
CMCC Contracting - (Chris McCrum and his crew)
Kudos to all of you for bringing this together.
A reminder however even though the bridge is reopen this is still
an active logging area please ride with caution and give way to
TRESTLE TRAIL - Hello Everyone I am sorry to
inform you that the log bridge on the Trestle Trail had to be
cut down as it was unsafe. We are working at trying to have the
bridge rebuilt. I will keep you inform of our progress. If you
have any questions please feel free to contact me. Todd Pope Trails
Coordinator District of Squamish (604) 815 4962 www.squamish.ca
ADOPT A TRAIL
Now you can adopt your favourite trail, keep it
clean, and have all the resources of the DOS to help keep it in
good shape. The District of Squamish launched their new adoptatrail.ca
website this week. Take a look!
SORCA maintains the trails
Consider getting out and helping to spruce up our awesome trail
network. Both XC and Downhill Trail Days are planned. Bring: Hiking
boots or work boots, grubby clothes, work gloves, lunch, water,
raingear and a hat if needed. Expect: A minimum of 3 hours gets
your name in the volley box, but the hardcore keep digging 5 or
more hours. It’s fun and very rewarding! www.sorca.ca
At the recent SORCA AGM concerns were expressed regarding the
Lost Loop and Really Lost Loop trails in Crumpit Woods. Please
stay off these trails as they lead into an active blasting area
on Bob Fast’s (Cardinal Concrete, Coast Aggregate) property.
Dirt Bikes and ATVs - Todd Pope has asked anyone
that comes accross Dirtbikes or ATV's using cycling/hiking trails
to report the occurence to him. A location, time, date, and perhaps
a brief description of any damage done to trails and of any interactions
would be appreciated. We are having some issues with Dirtbikes
damaging the new Farside trail, the Powerhouse Plunge, Ray Peters
Trail, and others. You can reach him at email@example.com
Rigs and Zen / Crouching Squirrel : Official
maintenance guru for this trail is Steve Klassen of Brackendale's
Bean Around the World. To report issues or help with trail work
contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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