7 Best Trail Rides in Whistler: MTB Capital of the World

Explore the best pedal-driven trail rides in Whistler, British Columbia—the mountain biking capital of the world.

Mountain Biking Difficult, Severe, Extreme

Photo: Greg Heil


If the planet has a mountain biking capital, one region that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest, that capital is unequivocally British Columbia. And if British Columbia has a mountain biking capital, that capital is the renowned resort town of Whistler.

While Whistler is best-known for its world-class bike park, home to some of the biggest jump lines and gnarliest tech lines in the world, the deep forests of Whistler's valley hide an expansive network of singletrack trails that require you to pedal (and push) your bike to the top. The trails in and around Whistler may just be some of the steepest, most technical, and most challenging mountain bike trails in the world. While you can find some intermediate-friendly trails, some of the so-called “intermediate” trails in Whistler would receive a double black diamond rating in other places in North America. Proceed with caution!

Yet for the rider willing to brave brutally-steep climbs and even steeper descents—descents filled with steep rock rolls, thousands of roots, wooden bridges, rock gardens, and loose, off-camber corners—Whistler provides a veritable smorgasbord of technical mountain biking that could satisfy you for a year… or, if you’re a local, for a lifetime.

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