SQUAMISH, BC

Physical Exertion: Intermediate+   /   Technical Ability: Advanced – Expert

Trip Category: Big Mountain Enduro

 

What to expect in Squamish: Technical trails with crazy lines, slabs, rocks, roots and lots of flow.  Bring your A-game, this trip will challenge even the best riders.

 

To us, Squamish is like an adult Disneyland for advanced mountain bikers, and it fits into the Chasing Epic ecosystem perfectly: if you’re looking to push your limits, advance your skills, and ride some of the most technical trails anywhere in North America, we can’t think of a better place.

Squamish sits along the Squamish River in a big river valley just 45 minutes north of Vancouver, and is one of the most drastic and beautiful landscapes we’ve seen.  The weather can be quite moody but trust us, the dirt and granite rock slabs are just as grippy when they’re wet.  The roots, not so much!  There are multiple trail systems along the eastern side of the valley that offer everything from man-made flow trails, long rock slabs, steep rock slabs, and more technical riding than you’ve ever seen.  The purpose-built mountain bike trails here are mind-blowing, and something every rider should experience.

 

This trip is for advanced to expert riders only.  The trails in Squamish are gnarly, steep, technical and fast.  Expect large slabs, consistently steep terrain, big exposure, man-made features, and just about anything else you can dream of.  This trip is all about the descents, although we will have to climb to earn our turns.  On Day 3 we’ll start with a shuttle, but otherwise expect to climb 2-3,000′ each day.

 

Airport Options:  Vancouver, BC (1 hour, pickup included)  –  Seattle (4 hours)

Interactive Squamish Trail Map

WHAT TO EXPECT

Day One:  We’ll pick you up at the Vancouver, BC airport at 4pm in the Shred Shuttle and make the 1-hour drive to Squamish, along the beautiful British Columbia Coast.  We’ll do quick introductions and start to set up bikes, before having a welcome dinner and beers.  Get your rest, we’ve got four full days of riding ahead of us!

Day Two: This morning we’re heading out to the Alice Lakes area to start our first day of riding in Squamish.  We can’t think of a better testing ground for your skills than the likes of Pamplemousse, Leave of Absence and Rupert before working our way up to black diamond trails like Credit Line and Entrail.

 

You’ll get a little bit of everything today with slabs, steep tech, flow trails and more.  All told, expect around 16-18 miles with 2500′ of climbing during today’s ride.

Day Three:  Today starts with a nice 3,000′ shuttle ride up to the top of the Diamond Head trail system, where we’ll drop in on a trail like Cakewalk to begin the day.  Today’s trails tend to be longer, steeper, and more natural than yesterday’s.  A perfect place to test your comfort level on rugged, rowdy terrain!

 

Over the course of the day, we’ll get in a few laps on the Diamond Head trails like Angry Midget, Pseudo-Tsuga, and Full Nelson, before working our way back over to the Valley Cliffe area to finish up at our house.  All told, today’s ride will cover 20 miles with about 2,000′ of climbing but over 5,000′ of amazing descent.

Day Four:  Time to head up into the Squamish backcountry for today’s ride… there’s an amazingly beautiful and rugged trail system above and behind The Chief, and that’s where we’ll be all day.  We won’t divulge too much information, but expect a steep, tough 45+ minute climb to start the day.  But it’ll all be worth it, because the trails we ride today are so different than anything else most visitors ride in Squamish.  And they’re steep.  Really, really steep.  But damn they’re so much fun.

Day Five:  Today is departure day, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to take it easy on you.  There are plenty of options for our 4th and final day of riding, and we’ll likely cover a couple different trail systems in Squamish.  We’ll start with a quick drop-off in Diamond Head again and hit some of the trails we missed on Day 2 like Powersmart, Tinder, and Yer Sister… trails that will certainly build on what you’ve been riding the last few days.  We’ll end by riding all the way back to the house, where we’ll have the Shred Shuttle pick everyone up to head back to the Vancouver airport in the early afternoon.