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Tipperary Spruce Flume Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Highlights of the Northern Fraser Valley Trail System.


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13.2

Miles

21.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

10,075' 3,071 m

High

8,775' 2,675 m

Low

1,390' 424 m

Up

1,390' 424 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Overview

With a moderate climb up Tipperary Trail and a fast and fun descent, this is a great loop that can easily be extended if you want more.

Description

There are lots of places to start:
1. In the town Fraser, follow signs to Saint Louis Creek Road, where you'll find the Givelo Trail.
2. From the Rodeo parking lot a little ways down the Givelo Trail.
3. Or skip a couple trivial, flat miles and park at the end of the Givelo Trail where Northwest Pass starts.

Wherever you started, you are now at the intersection of the Givelo Trail and Northwest Passage. This trail might have been better before all the forest was clear cut (due to beetle kill), it's still a twisty fun ride through the meadow with great views. Very easy and flat. It ends on Church Park Road (marked "50").

Take a left on road 50 (not 50S, which is right there too) and follow it for a couple miles, passing a big resort on the right. At a sharp right bend in the road, look for the start of the Tipperary Trail.

This old doubletrack is nicely consolidating to a fun singletrack. As a climb, it's never too hard, but don't underestimate a non-stop ascent at this altitude.

You'll pass through thick forest, cross a creek, and then pass through beautiful meadows that kind of feels like a ski run (but it's not). Make a few switchbacks, then one final long climb through the woods until you intersect with Backscratch Trail and Spruce Creek Trail. Continue on Spruce Creek.

You'll pass through much beetle-killed forest and past a few ponds on your way past a short uphill and then a long, fast downhill. Be careful of some of the loose rocks if you're moving fast! You'll end on a dirt road with a parking lot visible 100 yards to the right. Head over there, then follow the side road for a tenth of a mile.

Find the Flume Trail to the left and ride along St. Louis Creek. It's named after an old logging flume that runs parallel to the trail. It's moderate with some twists and turns, but you can really fly along this one with some nice flow, great views, and a picnic stop at a bench near the end. The Creekside trail parallels the Flume trail and is a nearly-as-good option if you want to do an extra loop on this short stretch.

From the end of the Flume Trail, turn left (downhill) on Chainsaw, cross the creek, then turn right on Creekside which will quickly take you back to the start.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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  3.8 from 39 votes

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Photos

Starting up Tipperary
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Climbing through aspens and meadows on the lower reaches of Tipperary
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Crossing Tipperary Creek
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Through the trees at the beginning of Flume
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
The beautiful climb up Tipperary
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO
Cruising through the trees before the descent on Spruce Creek
Jun 24, 2014 near Fraser, CO

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Aug 2, 2020
Eric Serbousek
Aug 1, 2020
Damon Roth
Jul 26, 2020
jon J
Pretty smooth trail 13.2mi — 1h 45m
Jul 2, 2020
Nicholas Sidikovich
I had a flat tire and got lost a bit as the signs were confusing but the ride was excellent. If you follow the detail description, you'd be ok. 13.2mi
Jun 30, 2020
Joshua Opl
3h 08m
Jun 13, 2020
Erik Magnuson
Sep 28, 2019
Jan Albicki
fast downhill 18.5mi — 2h 35m
Sep 26, 2019
Matt Rettmer
This ride was outstanding given the weather and fall colors. This ride is excellent for those NOT interested in "bombing the downhill". 18mi — 3h 00m