“A tour of the best cross-country trails available right in Whistler.”
— Nick Wilder
Don't underestimate this ride! Unless you're from the Pacific Northwest, the rocks, roots, and trail features might be much harder than you're used to. Expect non-stop challenges and a boatload of fun!
Need to Know
This route follows the "Suggested Route" marked on the free Whistler Singletrack maps that can be found at the info booths all over Whistler Village. The route is marked by orange arrows on short wooden posts at most (but not all) intersections. Some have faded to gray and some are missing. There are MANY turns and intersections, so use the MTB Project mobile app
to stay on track!
This route strings together many of the valley's best singletrack into one excellent and memorable ride. Though modest in mileage and elevation gain, there are so many small challenges and places to play you might easily spend all day doing this. There are many options to make this shorter and bail out on a road or paved bike path back to the village.
Starting from anywhere in the village or the main parking lots, follow signs for the "Lost Lake Trails," which are cross-country skiing in winter and biking in summer. Also known as the "Zappa Trails," each trail name is a Frank Zappa song. At the entrance to the area, you'll find a cafe and bike shop. Head around to the right and find the Peaches en Regalia
trail, and the first of many "Suggested Route" markers: orange arrows on top of small wooden posts. You'll be following these markers the entire way.
String together many trails in this area, generally just going straight across roads as you pass them while following the orange markers. You'll use Dinah Moe Hum
, The Torture Never Stops
, Fountain of Love
, Pinocchio's Furniture, Toads of the Short Forest
, Gee, I Like Your Pants, and Jellyroll Gumdrop
. They are all very similar with roots, rocks, short climbs, and really fun wooden bridges and features. Take your time and enjoy it all!
From there, work your way on side streets and the bike path to the top of Cut Yer Bars
. More similar riding, though the trees are tighter here and there are many side-trail options for more advanced riding. They end in the same place, so follow what looks fun.
Wiggle through a neighborhood to the Emerald Forest
trail and do some tough climbing (you might need to walk parts) for a mile until you get to the epic A River Runs Through It
. This is the money. Huge trail features and nonstop technical challenges. Most have ride-arounds. Some of the big features have serious landings—scope them out first! There are several bail-out points on the trail if it's too much. Super fun!
Once off the singletrack, follow the signs and bike path back to the village.