A Whistler mountain biking right of passage. Great views and sweet singletrack abound on this classic.
You'll not be able to access TOW without a Bike Park Pass and a TOW Pass (limited numbers each day to prevent trail damage through over use). In the shoulder season (see the WB website for lift opening dates and times) it is possible to ride up Highway 86 (ski run/ mountain access road) to Khyber Pass
but this is a grind and will put a dent in the energy tank before the real riding begins. Carry spares and a first aid kit as a serious off will mean trouble with help being at least an hour away. You are outside the patrolled zone as well so whilst Patrol may respond they have an obligation to the Bike Park first.
Follow signs from Peak Chair off load, along Matthew's Traverse (ski run/fireroad) to Top of the World
trail entrance. Watch other riders on the entry features, if you cannot clean the first two chutes and three flowing corners then go ride something else for your own safety.
As Top of the World
leaves Highway 86 (ski run/fireroad) look left after the rooty right hand descent and you'll see the newer entrance to Khyber Pass
. Follow the trail, there are no side trails, to the fire service road.
Turn right and carefully descend the FSR due to huge rocks and water drainage ditches. It is easy to hit 60 kmph speeds along here and just as easy to be off the bike in a blink. At the first three way track junction, turn right and then immediately right up the hill, staying on this new FSR.
Climb like a champion for a long time.
The entrance to Kashmir
is on the right. This is one of the better trails in Whistler but people tend to be put off by the climb. It is a steeper, more technical version of Khyber Pass
. Exit Kashmir
on FSR, cross FSR and find entrance to Kush
and turn right, roll down the access road to Kadenwood Dr. (smart sub division), ride to end of cul-de-sac and take wooden stairs up the rock face to the trail.
You are now on Big Timber
which is mainly downhill with some quite tech sections, especially given the high speeds and cumulative fatigue. Watch out for bears and locals walking their dogs.
Exit woods, cross ski run, turn left on the gravel path, stop, get someone to watch the bikes, buy beers, fries and wings to re-fuel. Well done, you have completed a Whistler epic!