Comfortably Numb

The must-do XC epic in the Whistler valley

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
31 km
Ascent
1 km
Descent
1 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
598 m
High Point
1 km
Gradient
Comfortably Numb Map

Formally on the official IMBA epic rides list, this technical ride is more challenging than its modest length suggests. It's chock-full of roots, granite rock slabs, sharp climbs and technical descents. If a long day in the saddle and perhaps a bit of "type-2" (“Can you show me where it hurts”) fun makes you tick, then this should be near the top of your list—even if you only do it once.

Description

The trail was designed by local trail building legend, Chris Markle. It can be ridden in either direction, but most people ride it North-South. This allows you to do a warm-up ride from Whistler to the Wedgemount Lake trailhead, following the Green Lake Loop. The trail itself then travels through lush forest, with bridges and a bunch of clever technical trail features. With the exception of one creek near the beginning there is no water available—bring plenty.

The Golden Door shortcut allows you to chop off some distance. Young Lust, Jeffs and Wish You Were Here (aka Yummy Nectar) provide strategically positioned bail-out options.

On a dry day, with good mates, fresh legs and a well-stocked day pack this ride will leave a lasting impression—and you'll have earned that beer at the end.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Slabs
  • Wooden Feature

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