Guidebook

Flowy Intermediate Trails in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor

If you've always wanted to ride the Sea-to-Sky Corridor but have felt intimidated, don't be—there are plenty of easy, flowy trails to enjoy!

Greg Heil

Description

Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton — the mountain bike destinations sprinkled along the Sea-to-Sky Corridor are famous worldwide as the home of the planet's best mountain bike trails... and some of the most challenging mountain bike trails. But the riding here isn't all vertical, gnarly, rock-filled insanity. If you know where to look, you can also find a slew of flowy intermediate trails that are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any mountain biker.

This guidebook highlights flowy intermediate trails all up and down the Sea-to-Sky corridor in all three of these iconic destinations, but by far the most diverse destination—with the most intermediate trails on offer—is the town of Squamish. Squamish is home to an expansive trail system with a mind-boggling array of mountain bike trails. Hidden in the deep forests covering the slopes of the Coast Mountains are endless machine-built flow trails, many of which set the international benchmark for flow trail quality. It's incredible to be out on a pedal in the deep forest and to stumble onto a top-tier flow trail that's better than the flow trails found in most bike parks around the world... yet you were just riding around in Squamish. This happens all the time here.

Half Nelson is easily the most famous flow trail in Squamish and possibly on Planet Earth. It attracts hundreds of thousands of tires per year to its massive berms and sculpted tabletop jumps. But don't sleep on the other nearby hits: Pseudo-Tsuga is an absolute gem, and for a big ride, you can combine it with the lengthy Meadow of the Grizzly trail higher up the mountain. Miki's Magic and Slippery Salmon are both superb jump lines tucked deep in Alice Lake Provincial Park. Mad Hatter is even more remote but forgoes the jumps in favor of sheer speed. And there's so much more: Rollercoaster, Valleycliffe's cross-country trails, the ever-entertaining Man Boobs... the list goes on and on.

While Whistler's trail riding is, on the average, much more challenging, you can still find some flowy intermediate gems if you know where to look. High Side, Hi Hi, and Farside in the Cheakamus trail system are some of the easiest trails on offer. Lost Lake is one of the best intermediate rides in the region, but whether or not it's flowy depends on how much flow you can make out of it. Some of Whistler's epic trails leading to the alpine also peg on the flowier end of the spectrum, including Lord of the Squirrels and Chipmunk Rebellion.

Finally, Pemberton is renowned for its rockiness, but a few rides still offer some great flow (albeit with a few rocks still mixed in). The short Radio Tower -> Cross Town Jumps loop might be one of the most approachable rides, but Rudy's, Max Pains, and Back Pains also offer a fantastic fast, flowy romp down the mountainside.

If you've always wanted to visit the Sea-to-Sky Corridor but have been intimidated by all of the gnarly photos in bike magazines, don't be—there are plenty of fantastic flowy trails to enjoy!

Half Nelson
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Half Nelson

7.2 km
333 m
333 m
Half Nelson is Squamish’s marquee ride, in part due to this flow trail’s accessibility.
Difficult
Private
Meadow of the Grizzly -> Pseudo-Tsuga Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Meadow of the Grizzly -> Pseudo-Tsuga Loop

Squamish
15.6 km
876 m
876 m
A stunning intermediate flow trail of epic proportions!
Moderate
Private
Mad Hatter Ride
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Mad Hatter Ride

Squamish
18.9 km
652 m
651 m
A fantastic flowy intermediate ride in the northwest corner of Alice Lake Provincial Park.
Difficult
Private
Miki's Magic and Slippery Salmon Double Loop
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Miki's Magic and Slippery Salmon Double Loop

Squamish
12.7 km
357 m
357 m
A pair of top-tier jump lines tucked way back in the woods.
Moderate
Private
Pseudo-Tsuga Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Pseudo-Tsuga Loop

Squamish
6.6 km
307 m
307 m
A top-tier flow trail descent with few jumps.
Moderate
Private
Rollercoaster Short Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Rollercoaster Short Loop

Squamish
2.0 km
79 m
80 m
One of the easiest trails in Squamish.
Moderate
Private
Valleycliffe XC Loop: Farside -> Fartherside
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Valleycliffe XC Loop: Farside -> Fartherside

Squamish
8.4 km
253 m
253 m
An old school XC ride through a beautiful forest.
Moderate
Private
Man Boobs -> Leave of Absence -> Rollercoaster
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Man Boobs -> Leave of Absence -> Rollercoaster

Squamish
12.1 km
361 m
361 m
A pun-filled mountain bike ride in Squamish.
Difficult
Private
High Side -> Hi Hi -> Farside
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

High Side -> Hi Hi -> Farside

9.1 km
302 m
302 m
A fast, flowy pedal near the Cheakamus River.
Moderate
Private
Lost Lake Blue Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Lost Lake Blue Loop

Whistler
7.9 km
181 m
181 m
The easiest singletrack trails in Whistler.
Difficult
Private
Chipmunk Rebellion

Chipmunk Rebellion

12.6 km
463 m
463 m
A great continuation of Lord of the Squirrels
Moderate
Private
Into the Mystic -> Lord of the Squirrels
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Into the Mystic -> Lord of the Squirrels

Whistler
40.6 km
1,646 m
1,646 m
Epic intermediate loop from Whistler Valley to Mt Sproatt and back.
Difficult
Private
Rudys -> Max Pains -> Back Pains -> Low Mackenzie Cruise
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Rudys -> Max Pains -> Back Pains -> Low Mackenzie Cruise

Pemberton
16.9 km
895 m
895 m
Pembys best blue trails.
Difficult
Private
Radio Tower -> Cross Town Jumps Loop
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Radio Tower -> Cross Town Jumps Loop

Pemberton
3.8 km
216 m
215 m
A fast, flowy loop with some great jumps.
Difficult
Private