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Tipperary Spruce Flume Loop

 3.6 (24)

13.2 Miles 21.2 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

1,390' 424 m

Ascent

-1,390' -424 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

10,075' 3,071 m

High

8,775' 2,675 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

Conditions


All Clear 36 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Dry trail other than some small water shed areas with light mud, 3 short and deep stream crossings that are bikable. History

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Highlights of the Northern Fraser Valley Trail System.

Nick Wilder

Dogs Unknown

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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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Sep 2, 2017
Ethan Tarran
Awesome ride. Nice combination of climbing and fun fast downhill. Great singletrack through dense shady forest. Intermediate ride. 15.5mi
Sep 1, 2017
Mark Beck
Returned at 8:20
Sep 1, 2017
Rich Straub
Aug 19, 2017
Paul Pokrandt
13.2mi
Aug 19, 2017
Mason Brown
Aug 19, 2017
Clare Liu
Aug 13, 2017
George Denlinger
Jul 30, 2017
Chad Phyle
A little squish in some spots all rideable with a few small creek crossings. Amazing pine tree Forrest section with wild flowers. 13.2mi

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  3.6 from 24 votes

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Disappointing trail. Mostly doubletrack (old mining roads). One of the tracks might be grown over, but that doesn't make it single track: it's been graded and cleared, so its just not that much fun. It's a good steady climb, but then you descend almost immediately: little time is spent at altitude. The descent is rocky, but not fun, technical rocky, just beat you up rocky. Some fun stuff on Flume towards the bottom. I wouldn't make a special trip for this trail. Jul 7, 2014

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