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*** Please note we have bike rentals available with your guided tour, but individual bike rentals are now closed for the season – be sure to contact CORSCA downtown Squamish for a bike rental to get out and enjoy the trails on your own***
Mountain Biking Squamish BC Overview
Mountain biking in Squamish Bc has a trail for everyone. With over 250 km of single track, you can find an epic cross country ride through stunning West Coast forest, or drive up behind the univeristy for a thrilling downhill shuttle. Mountain Biking in Squamish has the perfect trail for you. Most of the professional mountain bike movies you will watch have featured Squamish trails and West Coast riding.
Squamish is the heart of mountain biking on the West Coast.We are ideally situated to access all the best trails in the area. The North Shore of Vancouver and Whistler Bike Park are both only 45 minutes away, but you don’t need to go anywhere because the trails here are epic and mostly accessible year round. You will want to dedicate some serious time to discover the amazing trails that have been developed by SORCA and the District of Squamish.
Make Squamish your mountain biking destination and you won’t be disappointed!
Mountain biking in Squamish is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon outdoors. You get exercise in incredible nature and have a blast riding on our epic trail network. Come discover Squamish mountain biking trails this summer and find out why Mountain Bike Magazine has rated Squamish among the top 25 wildest and most exotic places to ride in the world!
Squamish Mountain Biking Trail Maps:
Top Mountain Biking Squamish Trails for All Skill Levels:
- Rating: Blue
- Length: 2.5 km
- Skill Level: Beginner to Expert
Description: A smooth, lengthy descent flows through berms, over jumps and bumps and several wide bridges. It is also referred to as a downhill pump track, where the dirt jumper inside of you can be expressed! Beginners can take it slow and enjoy the long cruise down. The expert riders can hit doubles, triples, tabletops, step ups, and catch air from berms. This Trail is designed to give any kind of rider a sweet ride!
- Rating: Black
- Length: 2 km
- Skill Level: Expert
Description: This is challenging and fun cross-country pedal is a 2 km decent with some climbs from Mike’s Loop down to Jack’s Trail. You traverse along a historic road bed to more technical descents and climbs. The top of your climb will reward with exposed rock rollers, root drops and great views of the Squamish River Valley. The trail ends with a fun and flowy decent to Jack’s Trail.
- Rating: Black
- Length: 2 km
- Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert
Description: This is a classic Squamish Mountain Biking Trail. A couple of challenging climbs totally pay off with awesome descents, with tight, twisty switchbacks. This trail can become very muddy after a heavy rain, so it’s best to catch it in dry weather.
- Rating: Green / Blue
- Length: 3 km
- Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Description: This gorgeous cross country loop takes you through some breathtaking West Coast forest. The trail winds past rumbling creeks, giving beginners a chance to negotiate features like rocks, roots and mellow bridges. For the advanced rider you can pump and ride your way through a whole forested kilometer without much pedaling. This is a great trail for all skills levels, offering a workout on the way up and a fun ride down!
History & SORCA
Most of the mountain biking trails in Squamish were originally built by passionate volunteers. In 2010 SORCA and the District of Squamish received funding for marking, expanding and maintaining the trail network. The results are amazing!
Come discover Mountain biking Squamish this year. Weather you are new or local be sure to check out our article on the Best Squamish Mountain Bike trails to find your favourite trail.
Be sure to pick up a trail pass from SORCA and keep our Squamish Trails on track
Tips to Link Angry Midget and Hoods in the Woods
by Veronika Voracek
These are great Squamish Mountain bike trails for anyone who is an intermediate rider and up. Some challenging stuff but mostly flowy, loamy, fun!
Depending on how much time you have to mountain bike in Squamish, you can link these two together to make for a nice long ride (approx. 17kms) or just do one at a time. There are multiple parking options, the university, the lower shuttle lot, or the half nelson parking lot. You will pass by each of these at one point so it just depends on how you want to break up the climbing.
From either of the lower parking options, you have immediate access to the climbing trail, The Legacy Trail. This is a 6.5km, switchbacking, snaking, uphill-only trail that will eventually pop you out at the top of angry midget. It takes the average person, just around an hour to climb to the top. Once there, you have the whole of Angry Midget to descend.
Angry Midget has a bit of everything but carries great flow and will leave you grinning at the bottom! Once you reach the logging road, hang a left and cruise down it for a bit until you reach the half nelson parking area. From there, look for the trail head for Another Man’s Gold, it will likely be hidden in front of some parked cars. A short but sweet trail, it will spit you out right at Darwin’s Crossing where you will begin the climb towards the Powerhouse Plunge.
Cross the bridge and battle the boulders as you climb this steep and loose double track. This is a multi-use trail so keep an eye or ear out for dirt bikes and such. Follow this climb until you get to the SORCA shelter, then continue to the right along some really nice, flat and fast double track. Eventually, you will end up at the top of the Plunge at which point, you have a choice; continue down the first half of the Plunge or use the Power-Hood Connector (Ph) to bypass.
If you choose to ride the Powerhouse Plunge, do not go past the logging road. Once, you hit it, hang a right and start climbing. Continue up this logging road, past STP junction (where Ph connecter comes out) and upwards keeping left at any spur road. The road eventually turns into single track, at this point, you are almost at Hoods in The Woods; look for the sign on the right not far up the trail. Have a blast down this trail, it’s a nice technical yet flowy track with tons of fun little obstacles to better your riding skills.
Once at the bottom, head right, then follow the road to the left, you will end up on Poop Alley, a great little connector which will spit you out at Carpenter Sons bridge. Head to the right over the bridge and you will be just under the University. It’s a short pedal to your vehicle from there.