“A technical excursion through northern Whistler's picturesque natural beauty.”
— Nick Alvey
Intermediate riders should be ready for a challenge! This trail is a grueling, but steady climb totaling around 2500 ft. Most of this is across expertly hand-crafted obstacles such as rock cliffs, ladder bridges, wood plank skinnies, narrow-lined dirt drops, etc. This is all set in the backdrop of the gorgeous pacific northwest.
The trail is mostly ridden from North to South. However, because of its multi-directional setup, there are non ride-able sections on the up hill that are meant as drops in the reverses direction. There will be multiple river crossings, as well as a gorgeous waterfall at about 5 miles.
The last 3 miles are the downhill stretch. It's a nice challenge for intermediate riders before you finally nestle into Lost Lake, located just outside of Whistler village.
Riders are required to have a good set of lungs and legs for this trail!
Need to Know
Ideally, bring two cars and park one at each end of the trail (Unless you want to make this a loop). Bring a liter of water and some food, as this trail advertises a 4-7 hour ride one direction.
Comfortably Numb starts as a gradual (and technical) 8 mile climb with a few bursts of flowy downhill spread in.
At about three miles you'll exit onto a logging road. Climb up doubletrack trail. Ascend the road trail a quarter mile and you'll see the trail singletrack continue on your right. right over a small creek.
Close to mile 4 (6 km), you'll have the option to turn back via the "Young Lust" trail. If the trail has proven too technical for you, this is the last chance to back out and head back to the trailhead.
Around mile 9, 7, the trail flattens in its inclination and it becomes a full XC ride. This will prolong for a few miles before you enter the descent down to Lost Lake.
History & Background
This trail was designed by Chris Markle, a Whistler trail building legend. He has constructed a large part of the trail network outside of the village and received international acclaim when this trail became an IMBA epic.