Freight Train

Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb

A demanding expert-level jump line in the Garbanzo Zone.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
5.6 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
652 m
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.7 km
Gradient
15˚
VIEW ON MAP
Freight Train Map

Description

Freight Train serves as the advanced-level jump line in the upper Garbanzo Zone. While most of the jump trails are found primarily in Fitzsimmons, Freight Train offers an excellent option higher up the mountain.

Compared to the iconic A-Line, on "Freight Train. . .the speed noticeably picks up as you try and clear the litany of step-ups, hips, drops, and gaps,” according to Ryan Dunfee of Teton Gravity. Also, compared to the massive, forgiving tabletop jumps found on A-Line, the hits on Freight Train require much more precision. The tables are narrower, some of the lips are steeper, and the size and speed required for the hits varies quite a bit.

As a general rule, there is much (much) less margin for error on Freight Train than on trails like A-Line and Crank It Up.

Adding to the difficulty of this trail is the occasional uber-gnarly rock section, especially lower down the mountain. At a couple of points, where Freight Train intermingles with No Joke, the trail goes from big tabletop jumps to dusty, steep rock slab rolls… and then back again, a couple of times. Riding Freight Train continuously from top-to-bottom creates a dissonant riding experience. That dissonance requires a confident expert-level mountain biker to excel on this trail. If you’re going to nail every jump and shred every line, you’re going to have to bring your A-Game.

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.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area