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Old 07-18-07, 10:32 AM   #1
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I'm headed up to BC in a couple weeks for some kayaking. We'll be around there for about 12 days. I'm bringing my bike so we have something to run shuttle with when we can't find anyone else to paddle with. I've got a BC backroads mapbook that has a high-level view of trails in the area. Any suggestions for the average hardtail rider?

We'll be around the Whistler-Squamish area part of the trip and near Lytton a day or two. The rest we'll just figure out as we go. Just looking for some short trails that aren't crazy. I hear there's some trails near the Cheakamus river and Callaghan creek south of Whistler.

Any suggestions of either nice, short (less than 15km) or classic, must-do rides would be greatly appreciated. The main priority is boating, but I can't to go BC and come back without at least doing a ride or two. Also, any good camping suggestions around Whistler/Squamish would be great. I hear a lot of boaters hang out at a camp along the Cheakamus river, but that's the best detail I've got.
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Old 07-18-07, 11:12 AM   #2
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To be honest the cheakamus trail is a good trail to ride. Very xc and is usually one of the ones my xc buddies hit often. Lots of options and looping right in that location. Classic trails in town you have to see

Kill Me Thrill Me - Classic uphill war with some excellent downhill lines, Sorry not sure of the length but this is a must hit for xc guys. This represents xc in Whistler
Comfortably Numb - New trail, 26km of single track and changes terrain 4 times. Is fast becoming the best trail in town for xc guys to ride as it is longish and technical with some great sites.
River Runs Through it (not really close to where you are but...) - this is a technical trail that everyone must see. Stunted and fun for almost all levels, not elevated. I try to get everyone to hit this spot as it is a unique trail.

After that (or if those don't appeal due to their location), you are close to function junction. You could ride the riverside trails, highline trail (both double track non techy), trash and trainwreck (which may be closed, but it is similar to River Runs Through It, both trash and trainwreck are techy single track)...

http://www.whistler.com/pdf/maps/whi...ike_trails.pdf

Also I don't know what kind of Kayaking you are doing but if you like flowy rivers and big lakes with great views take a run from Alta Lake to River of Golden Dreams and across Green lake. Some fanatasic views and a fun afternoon jaunt. Those are on that map as well.

And welcome to whistler

[edit] Forgot one good xc trail. Right out of function (near where you are) is a trail called Flank. This is a gruelling up with some fun downs. Not that technical and is more similar to a double track than tight single track but still a good ride. Depending on fitness, you should be able to ride flank -> Whip me Snip me and alta lake road -> Function in about 1.5 hours.
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Thanks a ton for the info Maelstrom. I figured you'd come through. That map is definitely handy. Good to know I'll be close to some good trails when we're camped near the Cheak.

We'll be whitewater boating, mostly class IV-V stuff. The highlight of the trip is the Stein river. We fly out of Whistler (Green lake) in an Otter over to Stein Lake. Camp there that night and paddle out to Lytton at the Fraser/Stein confluence over 3-4 days. Looks like an awesome place.

Kill Me, Thrill Me and Comfortably Numb are both black diamond runs. You're saying they're XC rides, though. I'm all about more technical XC, but my skills/body and bike don't handle freeride so well. Is the map's rating just very conservative for these trails, or are they really techy to deserve the rating?

Thanks again. I can't wait to get out there.
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Thanks a ton for the info Maelstrom. I figured you'd come through. That map is definitely handy. Good to know I'll be close to some good trails when we're camped near the Cheak.

We'll be whitewater boating, mostly class IV-V stuff. The highlight of the trip is the Stein river. We fly out of Whistler (Green lake) in an Otter over to Stein Lake. Camp there that night and paddle out to Lytton at the Fraser/Stein confluence over 3-4 days. Looks like an awesome place.

Kill Me, Thrill Me and Comfortably Numb are both black diamond runs. You're saying they're XC rides, though. I'm all about more technical XC, but my skills/body and bike don't handle freeride so well. Is the map's rating just very conservative for these trails, or are they really techy to deserve the rating?

Thanks again. I can't wait to get out there.

Blackb Diamond here can sometimes be a misnomer. It can apply to strenuous trails as well. In reality Flank is not a blue, its a green but due to distance and vertical change its a blue. Same with Comfortably numb and Kill Me Thrill Me. Nothing Freeride about either trail, both are just good rides. Kill Me thrill me has some big rock faces but last time I checked everything had an "easy out" in case you are in over your head.

Personally, I don't consider either trail technical, they are just a pure fun workout. The main trails to be wary of are in the black diamons that are really short. Industrial Disease, Danimal, No Girly Man etc...short and black means technical, long and black means Cardio ...
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I see. Thanks for the explanation. I think I'll stay off Anal Intruder for more than one reason. Even when you're 3,000+ miles from Western NC, it doesn't seem you'll all that far from some Deliverance joke.
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Well, if you come through Abbotsford, me and some other guys will show you some good trails.
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. . . I think I'll stay off Anal Intruder for more than one reason . . . .
That might have been my saddle on a few runs, except I was too puckered for that to happen
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Well, if you come through Abbotsford, me and some other guys will show you some good trails.
Cool. Shoot me your phone number via pm and I'll give you a ring if I'm in the neighborhood. I'm not sure if I'll just be riding a bit after boating for the day or if I'll take a dedicated day or two to go riding.

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Have a blast in BC Curtis.
Thanks man. Just FYI, I'm trying to round up a group of my boating/biking friends to head to NC in late October for a combo trip. They were underwhelmed by the Tsali (for good reason) last year and I want to show them some of NC's better trails.
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