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Happy Trail


A surprisingly enjoyable climb to access many of the Mackenzie Basin trails.

Mountain Biking Moderate

1.9 km
152 m
9 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
208 m
High Point
352 m
Happy Trail Map

Happy Trail in the Pemberton/Mackenzie trail system is one of the most common ways to start a ride, and is often described as one of the best climbing trails you may ever ride. The trail begins alongside the Lillooet River and switchbacks up the hillside through dense stands of evergreens before terminating at the Waco Connector.


From there, a popular ride is to take a right on the Waco Connector, then left onto Nimby, one of the area's classic trails. From there, you can access other trails like McKenzie Cruise, Cop Killer and 46. Each offers it's own unique take on the area's renowned slab riding.

In addition to Gravel Pit, Happy Trail can be ridden to access Mosquito Lake and popular trails such as Cream Puff, Mission Impossible and Meat Grinder.




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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Wet-weather friendly
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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