Middle Earth can be ridden in either direction, connecting the Raspberry Parking Area with the Coast Trail.
From Raspberry, the route rolls up at an easy incline to Hanging Chad. Bank hard left here to continue on Middle Earth. Pass the exit for the optional line and start climbing to the top of Evolution. It's steady but not overly difficult. For a little flow/gravity fix, loop Evolution back to Middle Earth from here.
From here, a pedaling transition takes you into rougher singletrack with some minor roots. Bear left at Old School
to stay on the route or opt in for the most difficult optional line, Candy Mountain.
Continuing on Middle Earth takes you across a really wide ski intersection. Stay straight to dive into some giant woody shrubs connecting to another road crossing.
Take the left option and drop into the trees (the right option is Second Breakfast
). Stay left again and flow through a lush, dense stand of trees that opens up into big turns through a meadow.
Another ski crossing takes you into pine forest and more rooty trail. There are a few really short punchy climbs before reaching another major ski trail intersection.
Head straight across, crossing a short bridge and start climbing consistently. The trail briefly touches a fenceline before topping out at Northwest Passage.
The last descent is a long fun, swoopy section of trail that has amazing views. Once you hit the bottom stay left to roll out on flat terrain to the Coastal Trail.
From here you can turn around and ride Middle Earth the opposite direction or cruise back on the Coastal Trail through the Kincaid Park
chalet parking area to the Raspberry parking area.