“A flowy trail that takes you to the top of Avalanche and back down with a great downhill section on the west side.”
— Jay Vander Wall
Sidewinder takes you up to the top of Avalanche, across and back down. The west side of Sidewinder is a great downhill with big banked turns and jumps. It can be ridden uphill as well, but most prefer it as a downhill. Sidewinder links to Rambler Ridge
and Morel Dilemma
for more riding around the top of Avalanche. The east end of Sidewinder is accessed from the Pine Lake
Sidewinder is also the trail used to get to the observation platform at the top of Avalanche. It is a great spot to take a break and enjoy the view of Lake Charlevoix.
There are trail maps posted at all trail intersections. The trail crosses a heavily used hiking trail in multiple places. Green posts with yellow warning signs mark walking trail intersections. Please look out for hikers at these points.
The trail also crosses old mountain bike trails (listed on MTB Project as Avalanche Bike Trail
). There are red diamonds with white arrows that indicate the direction to stay on the new trail. The old trail can be ridden, but it is not well marked and is not well maintained.