Double D Lap

Vancouver Island

The Zoo's most popular flow trail.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
5.5 km
Ascent
223 m
Descent
224 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
248 m
High Point
454 m
Gradient
Double D Lap Map

Mount Tzouhalem's most popular trails are easily its fantastic downhill flow trails. The longest and most popular of these is also the easiest jump trail on the mountain, and it is known as Double D. This fast lap on Double D follows the shortest path to the top via the dirt road.

Description

Double D offers superb high-speed old-school flow trail riding. All of the corners feature substantial berms, although the size and the shape of the berms aren't consistent. Some are short and tight. Others are long and flowing. It feels like this trail was built without the aid of serious earthmovers, which means that the builders had to craft the flow to work with the lay of the land instead of being able to carve massive, sweeping corners out of the mountainside.

This trail is fast! While intermediate riders can roll down at a reasonable pace to fit their needs, advanced riders will be able to absolutely mach down this trail! The long sight lines, fantastic flow, and fairly steep grades in places will allow you to carry incredible speed down this entertaining descent. This is yet another feature that you don't often find on new school flow trails. Newer school trails are often built to control rider speed, but on Double D, it feels like you can just keep reaching for more!

"DD also has a number of small hits along the way where riders can opt for some airtime," writes RideCowichan.com. Everything is rollable with the exception of the very last jump above the parking lot. This is a large gap style jump that should be considered expert only. While not rollable, this feature can be easily ridden around," they continue.

Even though the jumps don't appear to be machine-built, the builders have made sure to tailor the size of the jumps to the trail speed pretty well. Since it's possible to carry quite a bit of speed down this run, it is definitely possible to overshoot the jumps, but if you find the rhythm and flow of the trail, you'll find yourself nailing the landings with ease!

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate 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

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Jumps
  • Tabletops

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