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Plumber's Crack

Intermediate
 4.5 (2)

This trail is the heart of the lower trails on Jumbo and stretches from CC’s Corner to Jumbo Ridge.


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1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Singletrack

6,291' 1,918 m

High

5,990' 1,826 m

Low

356' 108 m

Up

107' 33 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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The main outbound route to access Wapiti Whip, Lower Rock'N'Roll, or Herfendoodle. It also intersects with Zip n' Out and Bang Zoom. It can be ridden in either direction, but these directions describe the outbound, west-to-east, route. The trail starts at CC's Corner, at the bottom of the Ridge of Doom. As soon as you drop in you'll hit a few fun banked downhill turns and pass the eastern end of Bang Zoom on your right. You'll cross the first of four bridges followed by a quick climb, another quick descent to the second bridge, then a little grunt up to Dead Dear Point. Stop here for a second and check out the great view over town.

As you continue, you'll start to descend. The trail will split in about 150 yards, this is just an uphill and downhill route of the same trail. The downhill will break off to the left and drop off steeply, or you can go straight at this point for a mellow switchbacked descent (this is more often used when climbing this section). At the bottom of the short, steep section, stay to the right, there is a little renegade trail that takes off to the left just as the steep part ends and you do not want to go that way.

You are now into the fun banked turns of the Twist and Shout section of Plumber’s. (If you are looking for a quick ride, you can take a right onto Zip n’ Out or the lower section of Wapiti Whip after this section, both take off to your right). You'll drop into a gully, crossing a dry stream bed, and from here you'll climb for the rest of the trail. As you climb out of the gully, you'll see three of the downhill routes that drop into Plumber’s on your left, first The Plunge and then Wapiti Whip and Desolation Ridge. In about a ½ mile you'll run straight into the bottom of Rock n’ Roll, here Plumber’s breaks off to the right.

Please don’t climb Rock n’ Roll and be careful of fast-moving traffic as you climb towards it.

Now you are in the namesake section of Plumber’s Crack. You'll cross the third bridge and continue through the gully until you cross the fourth and final bridge followed immediately by a steep grunt of a climb. About a ¼ mile past this climb, you'll come to a T in the trail. If you go left, you are at the start of Wapiti Whip, if you go right you are on the upper portion of Plumber’s Crack. This is the final grunt to the top. Keep an eye out on your right for the new re-route at the very top that adds a switchback to the final, brutal, 100’ of the climb (or go straight if you're up for it!).

You'll now have gained Jumbo Ridge and reached the end. From here, you can go right and ride the bottom of Jumbo Ridge, or cross Jumbo Ridge and hit Herfendoodle. If you climb up the trail just a bit to your left you'll come to the start of Seven Bridges.

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Shared By:

Judd Kleinman

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