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The 8 Best Mountain Bike Trails in Squamish, BC
Squamish, British Columbia is home to a network of amazing mountain bike trails but it’s often overlooked by its big brother – Whistler – to the north. If you aren’t familiar with this beautiful little fjord mountain bike mecca town, it’s time that you should be. Squamish is a singletrack dream. From fast and flowy machine-built bermed trails (Half Nelson) to terrifying – but fun – rock slab rollers (Entrails) to rocky and rooty DH (Ditch Pig) Squamish has it all. Below are my eight favorite trails and some ideas on how to link them up.
The Best MTB Trails in Squamish
Rupert is one of my favorite trail in all of Squamish. It’s not super long, less than a mile, but it is SO MUCH FUN. There’s rock rollers, wooden features, tons of alt lines to practice your drops and a super cool wooden ramp that is just genius. It’s rated black, but it’s honestly probably one of the ‘softest’ blacks in Squamish.
How to link it up: It’s easy to lap Rupert. For a 13-mile loop, park in the Alice Lake Parking Lot then climb up 50 Shades of Green to Of Mice and Men. Take Leave of Absence for a warmup descent then climb back up Tracks From Hell (easy climb). Get back on Of Mice and Men and hit Rupert for a second lap. Then head down Entrails, Rollercoaster and Lumberjack’s for more fun descending
2. Half Nelson
Want fast machine-built flow? Half Nelson is where you want to be. Not techy in the least bit, but super fast, super long, and super fun!
How to link it up: This route incorporates the best trails in Squamish’s Diamond Head area. Park at the Climb Trail Parking pedal up the Climb Trail then descend Angry Midget. Climb back up Ring Creek Access Road to Half Nelson. Bomb down Half Nelson then climb back up Ring Creek Access Road and finish your ride with the Pseudo-Tsuga’s. If you are a beginner rider, skip Angry Midget and connect into Half Nelson instead.
3. Ditch Pig
Most people opt for Angry Midget over Ditch Pig (they’re side-by-side) but I actually prefer Ditch Pig because it’s not as heavily trafficked and therefore less rutted out. It’s relatively full on DH, but all manageable if you have good bike handling skills.
How to link it up: I like this route because it links up some of the less popular trails. Park at the Climb Trail Parking. Pedal up the Climb Trail then drop into Ditch Pig. Climb Ring Creek Access Road then descend the first section of Hybrid. Climb a short ways back up Ring Creek Access Road then take Mcloud to Whet Yer Blade over to Your Mom and Pseudo-Tsuga Part 3.
Holy Moly what a fun trail. It starts off pretty cross-country with a fun and technical pedal through the woods and along a boggy pond and then it gets into full-on DH with scary steep rock slabs and amazing views. If you thought Rupert was challenging you will probably be walking a lot of Entrails.
How to link it up: Park at Alice Lake Parking Lot then pedal up to Of Mice and Men and take Rupert for a warm up. Then drop into Entrails. You can either follow Entrails all the way down or try Boney Elbows or Room With A View. Bonus option: Pedal up Jacks and come back down Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey. Take Jacks back to the car.
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I love this trail. It takes a bit of work to get there (unless you’re shuttling) but the whole link-up is super fun. Expect some fast flow but also a few techy bits. Fred is a bit out of the way, so it doesn’t see too much traffic.
How to link it up: Park at the Climb Trail Parking. Pedal alllll the way up the Climb Trail (ooof!) then take Upper Powersmart (a very rough, rocky trail) to Skookum to Middle Powersmart to Fred and Tinder. There are a couple of options to get back down from here, but I recommend Your Mom to Pseudo-Tsuga Part 3. (Note: Upper Powersmart is not for beginners. You can either walk it or take Meadow of the Grizzly to Shortcut as a bypass).
6. Pseudo-Tsuga (1, 2, and 3)
Did you like Half Nelson? Then you’re going to love the Tseudo-Tsuga Parts 1, 2, and 3. They’re machine-built, fast and flowy and a bit of a step-up from Half Nelson. But beginners will still have a blast.
How to link it up: This route incorporates the best trails in Squamish’s Diamond Head area. Park at the Climb Trail Parking. Pedal up the Climb Trail then descend Angry Midget. Climb back up Ring Creek Access Road to Half Nelson. Bomb down Half Nelson then climb back up Ring Creek Access Road and finish your ride with the Pseudo-Tsuga’s. If you are a beginner rider, skip Angry Midget and connect into Half Nelson instead. (This is the same loop as recommended for Half Nelson above).
7. Somewhere Over There
Another backcountry-ish trail, Somewhere Over There is a really fun ride with legit rock slabs and some pretty techy bits. It has all of the best that Squamish has to offer minus the machine-built tracks. Definitely one of my top trails in Squamish.
How to link it up: Somewhere Over There could be a short loop if you’re just looking for a quick pedal, but you can also link it up to several big descents like Angry Midget, Ditch Pig, or Half Nelson. Park at the Climb Trail Parking and climb up the Climb Trail. Then take your pick of descents. Cross the road and drop into Another Man’s Gold. Pedal up Power House Plunge to pH and Hood Connector then drop into Somewhere Over There.
8. Mad Hatter
A super fun and fast trail that takes some work to get to, but it’s totally worth it! Unless you really, really hate climbing steep fire roads….
How to link it up: Park at Alice Lake Parking Lot then either climb up Four Lakes if it’s open to bikers or Alice Lake Access Road. Find your way to Ed’s Bypass and Ed’s Access Road. Just keep pedaling. Then stay left on Mad Access to drop into Mad Hatter. Connect into Man Boob’s then drop down and hit Rupert and Credit Line. Take Jacks back to the car.
Have you ridden in Squamish? What are your favorite trails? Leave a comment below!
Hi there! My name is Becky and this is my bike travel blog. I’ve always loved exploring the world on two wheels and it’s my mission to help others do the same! My first love is mountain biking, but I’ll never say no to any two-wheeled adventure.