“This shuttle is a great tour of the 3-Stage network, milking every inch of descending potential.
— Luke Mattar
This ride pieces together various segments of the 3-Stage network to give a long route that's almost all descending.
Not a great ride during wet weather, the dirt is really slick.
Need to Know
This ride can be shuttled.
This ride will be fun on just about any singletrack-oriented mountain bike, from hardtail to single-speed, xc racer or all-mountain bike.
The 3-Stage network is diabolically intricate and not easily navigated. This route combines sections in such a way as to traverse all the major downhill sections into a combination that results in the longest amount of descending that you can complete in the park. (Some of the fall-line trails at 3-stage cover the entire slope in around 2km. This route takes around 9km to work its way to the bottom.) You'll be heading downhill for about an hour!
There are a few small uphills and traversing trails, but mostly you're rolling with gravity. Some of the trails that you are descending are multi-use, and some have uphill traffic, so ride in control and yield to other users.
Much of the trail is flowing, natural singletrack. You'll spot some coffee-table sized rocks to the sides of the main line. Many of these provide launches or steep roll-offs, but you'll want to stop and size up each move before you attempt anything. Not all the slabs have good landings or run-outs, and some are quite sketchy.
The trail has a lot of flat corners and off-camber bends. There are also several drops and several sets of razor switchbacks. There are also two large rock garden stretches.
Nearing the bottom of the ride, you'll enter a long section with a wide pedestrian trail and a river along your right hand. Keep an eye out for the wooden bridge that doubles back uphill if you want to take the Three Bitches
climb back up.
If you're being picked up by a shuttle, the lower snowmobile lot is a good spot to meet. Turn left at Pretty River Rd and look for the lot on the right side lower down.