Ask anyone what their favourite trails to mountain bike, trail run or hike in Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish and you’ll quickly find that it varies throughout the season. Temperature, weather, new builds and re-designed old classics all become key variables. We checked in with the Team Arbutus riders to see what their riding right now.
My favourite short and sweet lap currently is AM PM on the south end of Whistler. When I’m up for a big ride, the newly open, Lord of the Squirrels trail is unreal. Seriously, this trail is so awesome that I’d officially classify it as a “Must Do Whistler Ride”, no bike trip is complete without this adventure.
I’m taking some time to explore a more gentle side of Whistler this summer. I’m expecting and have to confess, I’m starting to see the trails in a new light. In the height of summer I’m typically ticking off mega rides from Squamish to Whistler to Pemberton but currently I’m spending my lunch laps in the Lost Lake trails. My go to hike is currently the Blackcomb Accent Trail, close to the shop.
I am a huge fan of an awesome network of trails off of the coast of Vancouver Island called Hornby Island. The Hornby Island Mountain Bike Association has done some solid work on a collection of trails called The Way. This place is a super cool destination for mountain biking. It’s definitely a current favourite.
I’m all about riding Whistler Mountain Bike Park right now. Since Crankworx, I’ve been tearing up the hips and lips of Crab Apple and A-Line. Now that we’ve had a bit of fresh rain they are both, hands down, my most favoritest trails in all of the Bike Park.
Crankworx is on the way!! Registered for Whip Off Qualifier on Crab Apple Hits and Air DH on A-Line. Getting some practice laps in today was awesome. So pumped to see how sideways things get!! @ArbutusRoutes @DeityComponents @SombrioCartel @YetiCycles @GiroCycling #teamarbutus #yourtrailawaits #showyourdeity #luxuryofdirt #yetitribe #SB6C #girodisciple #crankworx #crabapplehits #aline #whipitwednesday #whistlerbikepark #ridenowsleeplater #whistler #stoked
When I make it up to the northern-end of Whistler, try and stop me from riding Out There. This trail has all the rock rolls, bridges, steeps and tech that mountain a bikers could dream of. A great new addition is the ribbon of trail that local trail builders have created to access the entrance. It perfectly bypasses the lame, forest access road. To find the trail you’ll have to do a bit of exploring off of Comfortably Numb or ask the folks at Arbutus (I couldn’t track it down on TrailForks).
In the coming weeks, the team is gearing up for cool adventures around Whistler with some big plans to tick off a few more bucket list rides before the snow flies. The air temperature has become noticeably cooler making for perfect riding weather. The much needed rain has also settled that unruly dust on almost all of the trails around Whistler. Yes, those long summer days are slipping into crisp autumn, hero dirt rides – and we’re stoked!